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.
We're Coming to Cambridge!
Saturday, November 11th Canopy City
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.
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.
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
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)
Transportation & Parking
Next Gen will not be providing transportation to the event. Please look below for transportation options and parking 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.
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).
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!