NGS@Harvard was our very first collegiate-dedicated event, part of our new NGS @ Campus initiative to make entrepreneurial resources and connections more accessible for local university students.

On November 11th, we welcomed more than 200 students from the greater Boston area to Canopy City for NGS@Harvard. Attendees, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoraite students, represented Harvard, Boston University, MIT, Tufts, Boston College, Northeastern, and more. With a line out the door, we were blown away by the level of enthusiasm as the space filled with our incredible attendees who had braved the freezing cold to join us in comradery.

Lisa Wang, founder of SheWorx, began the day with a heartfelt opening talk on how to become an ‘antifragile’ entrepreneur. Jim O’Neil of Hubspot shared his insights and experience in a session about the 10 things no one tells you that you should know when you start a company. Bob Massie, candidate for governor of Massachusetts, finished the day with a lively intellectual discussion on the economic and social gains to be found by anticipating the future.

Throughout the day, we were joined by mentors hosting one-on-one sessions with students to ensure they had all the support they needed for their ideas and startups - Warren Friss and Sheila Di Gasper led discussions regarding legal services, John Dudley and John Sherer for sales, Ginny Mineo in marketing strategy, Adam Rosen for product-market fit, and Matt Biloti on product management. Kirill Bensonoff mentored on Blockchain projects, Jay Jacobs on 3D printing, and Kai Kloepfer on hardware development.

A panel led by our Director of Community Haley Hoffman Smith featured local Boston entrepreneurs who shared their raw experiences and advice along with suggestions for how best to tap into the city’s ecosystem and meet startup needs. Panelists included Evan Horowitz, Lane Sutton, Rebecca Lieberman, and Sam Aquillano.

Perhaps most exciting was our Pitch Competition - over 100 founders applied to pitch in our program, which pairs startups with appropriate investors for their stage and industry. Ten teams were chosen for private pitches with a panel of investors that included angels and venture capitalists from firms like First Round Capital, Rough Draft Ventures, General Catalyst, Dorm Room Fund, Contrary Capital, Nav VC, NextView Partners, and OneH.

After fielding the pitches and engaging in extensive Q&A, the investors selected three startups to pitch to the larger NGS@Harvard audience. The group then voted for their favorite, and a winner was chosen by 50% audience opinion, 50% investor vote.

All three pitches knocked our socks off. After an incredible showing, Busways took home the grand prize! BusWays notifies parents when their child gets on & off their school bus, and allows schools to cut transportation costs by gathering relevant data about their bussing systems.

As we wrapped up the day, we were struck by the level of engagement, curiosity, and heart that each attendee devoted. From the excitement of the pitch competition to the consistently full mentor sessions, from the inspired conversations over popcorn to the wide eyes and open minds, the true magic of the event was found in the excitement from all of you - our attendees.

Thank you for making our first campus event so full of collaboration and enthusiasm. Boston, we’ll be back, oh-so-soon.


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We're Coming to Cambridge!

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NGS@Harvard

Saturday, November 11th Canopy City

 

About NGS@Harvard

NGS@Harvard is the premier event to connect bright student entrepreneurs and provide them with the resources they'll need to grow and succeed. Join your fellow classmates and entrepreneurs for a day packed with pitching, mentorship, collaboration, and more. Apply today to reserve your spot.


NGS@Harvard

Saturday, November 11th Canopy City


Why You Should Come to an NGS@Campus Event?

  • NETWORK with venture funds like DFJ, Bessemer, and more.

  • CONNECT with executives and recruiters from Facebook, Google, Walmart, & Blackrock.

  • Get MENTORED by the founders of billion dollar brands.

  • LISTEN to incredible keynote speakers and panelists.

  • PITCH your startup to a panel of leading investors and VC firms for funding.

  • MINGLE with other bright students who are passionate in the areas of technology, social entrepreneurship, politics, and more.


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NGS@Harvard Schedule


9:30AM - Check-in Begins

9:30AM - 10:00AM - Mingle & Network

10:00AM - 10:30AM - Opening Gathering (Including 10-15 minute speaker)

10:30AM - 11:15AM - How to Become an Antifragile Entrepreneur (Lisa Wang)

11:15AM - 11:25AM - Break

11:25AM - 12:10PM - Bringing Ideas from Concept to Reality (League of Innovators)

12:10PM - 12:20PM  - Break

12:20PM - 1:05PM - 10 Things You Should Know When Starting A Company That No One Tells You

(Jim O'Neill)

1:05PM - 1:55PM - Lunch

1:55PM - 2:40PM - Getting Your Start in Boston Panel

2:40PM - 2:50PM - Break

2:50PM - 3:35PM - Economic and Social Gains by Anticipating The Future (Bob Massie)

3:35PM - 3:45PM - Break

3:45PM - 4:30PM - On-stage Final Pitches

4:30PM - 4:45PM - Wrap-up

 

Record an NGS@Harvard testimonial: All Day

* Pitching: 11AM - 3PM (Must apply online)

** Mentoring: 11AM - 3PM (Sign-up is on-site)

*** League of Innovators Spotlight Interviews:  12:30-3:30PM (Sign-up is on-site)

 

 

NGS@Harvard Speakers 


  Sam Aquillano   Founder, Design Museum Foundation

Sam Aquillano

Founder, Design Museum Foundation

  Rebecca Liebman   Co-Founder & CEO, LearnLux

Rebecca Liebman

Co-Founder & CEO, LearnLux

  Lane Sutton   Marketer

Lane Sutton

Marketer

  Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber   Exec. Director, League of Innovators

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Exec. Director, League of Innovators

   Jim O'Neill    Entrepreneur in Residence, HubSpot

Jim O'Neill

Entrepreneur in Residence, HubSpot

  Marlon Thompson   Director of Programs, League of Innvators

Marlon Thompson

Director of Programs, League of Innvators

  Evan Horowitz   Co-Founder & CEO, Movers + Shakers

Evan Horowitz

Co-Founder & CEO, Movers + Shakers

  Bob Massie   Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

Bob Massie

Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

  Lisa Wang   Founder & CEO, SheWorx

Lisa Wang

Founder & CEO, SheWorx

 

NGS@Harvard Mentors


  Kirill Bensonof   MPV, Marketing, Blockhain/ICO

Kirill Bensonof

MPV, Marketing, Blockhain/ICO

  John Dudley Jr.   Sales Process, Hiring/Keeping Talent

John Dudley Jr.

Sales Process, Hiring/Keeping Talent

  Kai Kloepfer   Hardware Development, Fundraising

Kai Kloepfer

Hardware Development, Fundraising

  Jack Moberger   Sales, Recruiting

Jack Moberger

Sales, Recruiting

  Matt Bilotti   Product-Market Fit, Prod Management

Matt Bilotti

Product-Market Fit, Prod Management

  Warren E. Friss   Legal Mentorship

Warren E. Friss

Legal Mentorship

  Rebecca Liebman   Start a Company in College, Fintech

Rebecca Liebman

Start a Company in College, Fintech

  Adam Rosen   Build a Company, Product-Market Fit

Adam Rosen

Build a Company, Product-Market Fit

  Sheila Di Gasper   Legal Mentorship

Sheila Di Gasper

Legal Mentorship

  Jay Jacobs    3D Printing, Company Growth Path

Jay Jacobs

3D Printing, Company Growth Path

  Ginny Mineo   Marketing Strategy, Hiring Marketers

Ginny Mineo

Marketing Strategy, Hiring Marketers

  John Sherer   Scaling, Sales

John Sherer

Scaling, Sales

 

Transportation & Parking


Next Gen will not be providing transportation to the event. Please look below for transportation options and parking options...

Transportation Options:

Canopy is a 10 minute walk from Harvard Square. It is also accessible via Red Line Porter Square (on Bus 83 Route), Red Line Davis Square (on Bus 87 Route), Bus 83, Bus 85, Bus 86, and Hubway bike.

Parking Options:

There is street parking, AMES Parking Deck (30 Dane St., Somerville, MA 02143), a parking lot in front of Rite Aid, and spots along the fence facing the street (530 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143).

Please Note:

The NGS@Harvard event is taking place at 14 Tyler St in Someverille. Please make sure not to go to 14 Tyler St in Boston!

 

 

NGS@Harvard Partners...


 

Previous Speakers and Mentors include...


  Allyson Dias   Manager, Thiel Fellowship

Allyson Dias

Manager, Thiel Fellowship

  Tobias Harris   NBA Forward, Detroit Pistons

Tobias Harris

NBA Forward, Detroit Pistons

  Nigel Eccles   CEO, FanDuel

Nigel Eccles

CEO, FanDuel

  Adrian France   Co-Founder, Odyssey Online

Adrian France

Co-Founder, Odyssey Online

  Gerard Adams   Founder, Elite Daily

Gerard Adams

Founder, Elite Daily

  Jason Feifer   Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine

Jason Feifer

Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine

  David Rose   Founder, Gust

David Rose

Founder, Gust

  Brandon Steiner   Founder, Steiner Sports

Brandon Steiner

Founder, Steiner Sports

NFL Athletes, Shark Tank stars, Forbes 30u30 Honorees, and more!

 

Previous Partners, Recruiters, and Sponsors include...


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Venture Capital firms that have participated in previous events...


 

NGS@Campus Events...


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NGS@Harvard

Next Gen will be coming to Cambridge, MA on November 11th, 2017.

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