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Husky Innovation Challenge Demo Day

On Friday April 16, after a series of six Boot Camps, participants of the Husky Innovation Challenge (HIC), part of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurs Club, showcased their businesses at Demo Day.  Eight teams took part in the exhibition-style event, four of which are working with IDEA (Golcio, Scriptbots, Bandzu and Parafinch).  The other four groups are: BossTown, MusiWiz.com, Hush Buddy and Astro Lounge.  All teams were competing for a shot at one of five $1,000 grants to help accelerate their businesses.

Demo Day was a great opportunity for IDEA to network with the entrepreneurs on campus.  The event brought out some other startups here at Northeastern (NU), who also showcased their companies (but did not compete for awards), including Annie Mulz and Style Check – ventures also working with IDEA.
The Husky Innovation Challenge, run and organized by IDEA Operations Manager Aaron Gerry and IDEA Coaches Punit Shah and Prafal Mathur, began at the beginning of the 2010 spring semester.  The Boot Camps were designed to help ventures refine their business pitches and plans.  Over the course of the semester, these entrepreneurs learned about: identifying your startup, marketing, business model and strategy identification, startup financing, prototyping and launch.
Each session began with the teams “Rocket Pitch,” which they also presented at Demo Day.  This one minute pitch should sum up the company while still captivating an audience.  Boot Camps also included presentations from industry professionals, hands-on activities and networking.  Demo Day was the culmination of these sessions as NU startups demonstrated their developed skills and knowledge.
Five awards were given to four of the eight HIC ventures.  BossTown, an educational software tool for small businesses to engage in simulated experiences in order to improve and survive, won the “Game Changer” award.  Bandzu, an online management system for small to medium sized bands, won the “Time to Market” award.  Taking home the award for “Best Presentation” was Juan Figuera of Golcio, a web platform that facilitates trade between America and Latin America.  Scriptbots, a site where high school students can submit their virtual portfolios rather than a CD to potential colleges, took the “Sustainable Venture” award.
The HIC also implemented a text-to-vote service, allowing attendees to text in votes for their favorite companies.  Scriptbots took home the “Crowd Favorite” award.
Congratulations to all the winners and participants of the HIC Demo Day.  The event was a success and the Boot Camps were great tools for all of these NU ventures to utilize.  IDEA works very closely with HIC and encourages all Northeastern entrepreneurs to get involved with NU’s Entrepreneurs Club and Boston’s entrepreneur community.
For some upcoming and continuous events in the area, check out http://www.northeastern.edu/idea/?p=643.

On Friday April 16 at the Curry Student Center indoor quad, after a series of six Boot Camps, participants of the Husky Innovation Challenge (HIC), part of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurs Club, showcased their businesses at Demo Day.  Eight teams took part in the exhibition-style event, four of which are working with IDEA (Golcio, Scriptbots, Bandzu and Parafinch).  The other four groups are: BossTown, MusiWiz.com, Hush Buddy and Astro Lounge.  All teams were competing for a shot at one of five $1,000 grants to help accelerate their businesses.

Demo Day was a great opportunity for IDEA to network with the entrepreneurs on campus.  The event brought out some other startups here at Northeastern (NU), who also showcased their companies (but did not compete for awards), including Annie Mulz and Style Check – ventures also working with IDEA.

The Husky Innovation Challenge, run and organized by IDEA Operations Manager Aaron Gerry and IDEA Coaches Punit Shah and Prafal Mathur, began at the beginning of the 2010 spring semester.  The Boot Camps were designed to help ventures refine their business pitches and plans.  Over the course of the semester, these entrepreneurs learned about: identifying your startup, marketing, business model and strategy identification, startup financing, prototyping and launch.

Each session began with the teams “Rocket Pitch,” which they also presented at Demo Day.  This one minute pitch sums up the company while still captivating an audience.  Boot Camps also included presentations from industry professionals, hands-on activities and networking.  Demo Day was the culmination of these sessions as NU startups demonstrated their developed skills and knowledge.

Five awards were given to four of the eight HIC ventures.  BossTown, an educational software tool for small businesses to engage in simulated experiences in order to improve and survive in the market, won the “Game Changer” award.  Bandzu, an online management system for small to medium sized bands, won the “Time to Market” award.  Taking home the award for “Best Presentation” was Golcio, a web platform that facilitates trade between America and Latin America.  Scriptbots, a site where high school students can submit their virtual portfolios rather than a CD to potential colleges, took the “Sustainable Venture” award.

The HIC also implemented a text-to-vote service, allowing attendees to text in votes for their favorite companies.  Scriptbots took home the “Crowd Favorite” award.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants of the HIC Demo Day.  The event was a success and the Boot Camps were great tools for all of these NU ventures to utilize.  IDEA works very closely with HIC and encourages all Northeastern entrepreneurs to get involved with NU’s Entrepreneurs Club and Boston’s entrepreneur community.

For some upcoming and continuous events in the area, check out http://www.northeastern.edu/idea/?p=643.

IDEA Communications Officers, Megan Linebarger and Genna Scisci (left to right) speak with students at Demo Day

IDEA Communications Officers, Megan Linebarger and Genna Scisci (left to right) speak with students at Demo Day