Thanks to all of you who ventured out to Concord for our July Innovation Night event! Special thanks to Isabella Products and the Wheelhouse for hosting us. We’ll be posting links to your #MIN28 Tweets, blog posts, and pictures soon. Meanwhile, can you find yourself in the crowd here? We’ll be contacting the winner of the Edible Arrangements New England gift certificate and announcing that in Monday’s newsletter.
The Second Annual Mass Innovation Nights Foodie was an unqualified success!
As background, the foodie event isn't just food. It is innovation related to food. This week the IBM Innovation Center contained everything from dipped fruit to whoopie pies, water filters to websites, coffee brewers to tomato growing kits, from sauces and chocolate to a new foodie magazine and a kit for grilling pizza. And a couple hundred smartphone toting foodies. Were you there too?
Mass Innovation Nights are different from other events you have been to. If you are exhibiting at an upcoming event, or considering exhibiting at an upcoming event, please read this post carefully.
Make some noise for local companies (large and small, new and old)
Launch new products into the social media circle
Help make local companies successful so they grow and can hire more of us
Provide cross-industry inspiration for entrepreneurs and innovators
On Wednesday we had another great Mass Innovation Nights event -- our thirtieth event! Can't believe it! And it was another "special" event -- this time, in recognition of FutureM, we focused our attention on new marketing products. And the marketing world focused its attention on us!
Special visitors: A special night gets special visitors.
Our only Boston proper Mass Innovation Nights event of 2011 went off like clockwork in MassChallenge's funky space down on the waterfront. Home during the Summer to more than 100 companies, the space continues to serve as a startup Mecca, also playing host to MITX and BostInnovation.
The Mass High Tech All-stars awards are a yearly Who’s Who of the local high tech world. Award winners are chosen from such sectors as advanced energy, biotech, medical devices, electronics, hardware, Internet, software and telecommunications. A gala event is held where the winners give short speeches (140 characters.) For every character over 140, the speaker donates $5 to a chosen charity. This year the charity is the FIRST Robotics program.
What a great way to close out the year 2011 -- a Mass Innovation Nights event, our 33rd! A chance to help spread the word about cool local products and network with interesting people. Thanks once again to our hosts at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham for making it so easy to have a great event! And thanks to all of you who came out to support local innovation!
Big thank you to everyone who joined us at the IBM Innovation Center to kick off 2012 with a look at a great group of new products. Now get out there and help spread the word! We had a fantastic group and the poor weather held off so everyone was able to get there and home just fine. Thanks especially to our car poolers!
While Mass Innovation Nights is often chock full of startups launching new products, our mission is not exclusively startup focused. IBM has launched six products with us, Intuit launched a product with us, Acquia, Brainshark, Continuum, LogMeIn, Percussion, VideoLink, and the Company formerly known as Novell launched two products with us. These companies are far from startups.
This is confusing to some people. ("Hey, that isn't a startup!")