What’s Buzzing Week of March 5: Virtual Reality and Healthcare, Internet of Things, Intro to Boston Startups, and Much More


With such a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem all over Massachusetts, there are scores of great events, pitch competitions, grants and other opportunities nearly everyday. Check out what is going on this week:

March 5

Startup Founder Talk – Hear accomplished entrepreneur and venture storyteller Michael Troiano on funding for early-stage startups. Ask questions about early-stage funding, network with Boston-area startup founders over dinner and drinks, and have a 20-second opportunity to pitch your startup. The event begins at 6 p.m. at First Republic Bank, 160 Federal St., Boston.

Building Radical Products – Join the creators of the Radical Product Toolkit to learn how to create a powerful, far-reaching vision for your product, develop a clear product strategy, and prioritize product decision making. You’ll also learn how to balance long-term strategic considerations with the day-to-day needs of your company. The event hosted by HubSpot and Founder Institute and begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hubspot’s HQ in Cambridge.

Virtual Reality and Healthcare Symposium – The event will bring innovative companies and healthcare professionals together, to build the medicine of tomorrow. With a jam-packed schedule of speakers and exhibitors, the event begins at 8 a.m. at Harvard Medical School.

March 6

Crossing the Chasm – From First Sales to Building Sales Growth – At this event, panelists combine years of sales successes and failures in many verticals and will be joining together to discuss how to begin and ultimately consistently grow your company’s sales. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Constant Contact in Waltham.

She Geeks Out Happy Hour sponsored by Chewy – She Geeks Out’s mission is to educate, promote and support diverse and inclusive companies and organizations. They provide tech and tech-adjacent women an opportunity to network and connect with each other at events like this. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Chewy offices.

Launch Smart Clinic – Internet of Things – At this event startups present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from a panel of experts and the audience. For those not quite ready to pitch, you are encouraged to attend the clinic to see what the panel of experts are looking for in a pitch, what kind of questions they ask, and their suggestions for refining the business plan. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at MIT’s Tang Center.

March 7

Sampling and Story with Incredible Foods – Speakers from Incredible Foods will discuss the business side and unique properties of their manufacturing process. They will also be sampling their “perfectlyfree” product line of non-dairy, frozen bites. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Martin Trust Center.

SBIR: America’s Largest Seed Fund – At this lunch-and-learn, a panel of successful grant awardees will deconstruct the application process and the major challenges and roadblocks, as well as speak to what this non-dilutive funding means to them, their companies, and their investors. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. at the UMASS Venture Development Center.

What Investors Look for in a Startup and in Their Pitch – Join the Startup Coalition, where moderator Stephen Davis will host a panel of investors and successful CEOs to discuss what investors look for, the mindset behind their investment decisions, how should an entrepreneur get the attention of investors and much more. The event begins at 6 p.m. at WeWork in Boston.

March 8

Intro to the Boston Startup Community – This free event is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the Boston ecosystem. Presenters will give you the inside scoop on key events/ meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more. The event begins at 6:30 p.m at General Assembly Boston.

KSA Lunch & Learn: Early Stage Biotechs – During this panel discussion you’ll hear from representatives from three sides, a life science company whose been through the “growing pains”, a property management company focused on science and technology spaces, and an environmental health and safety professional experienced in the life sciences sector. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Kendall Square Association.

Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours – Thirty minute-long one-on-one sessions with experienced angel investors who will provide feedback on your business venture or answer questions about the angel investing process. Time slots will be assigned when you arrive and the event is limited to companies with a female entrepreneur in a senior management position. The event begins at 9 a.m.

March 9

LearnLaunch Open Studio – Workshops are designed to help early-stage edtech entrepreneurs take their products and businesses to the next level. These aren’t traditional classes, as the organizers spend time each week deep-diving into real problems that each participant faces to come up with actual solutions. The event begins at 3 p.m. at LearnLaunch.

Hack for Inclusion: Presented by Breaking the Mold & Hacking Discrimination – This event will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from MIT and the surrounding communities to build solutions that address some of today’s biggest problems related to bias, diversity, and inclusion. Key topic areas will range from ability bias to racial bias, and even cultural and information bias. The event begins at 2 p.m. at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center.

March 10

Black Girls CODE Boston Chapter Presents: Sphero Workshop – This workshop will teach participants to understand the motion sensors of a Sphero through drag & drop block learning and Javascript. All BGC events are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as tech creators and entrepreneurs. This event is intended for girls ages 7-17. The event begins at 10 a.m.


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