NEXPO 2013: A Great Night for the Boston Startup Community

On Wednesday, February 20, IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator hosted the sixth NEXPO, a showcase and celebration of some of Northeastern’s brightest entrepreneurs and Ventures. Over 500 students, investors and startup enthusiasts registered to attend the event, which was held in Northeastern’s Cabot Athletic Center. This is a big leap from the first NEXPO, which took place in the smaller Curry Student Center Ballroom and hosted around 100 guests and ten Ventures. This time around, IDEA is proud to have showcased 38 of its Ventures and welcomed guests from eight different universities, including some first-timers all the way from Providence. IDEA’s Ventures enthusiastically presented their businesses or services in ways that appropriately reflected the startups themselves, complete with music, promotions, and even a few furry hats and feather boas.

NEXPO also featured a display of live Tweets relating to the event, which was a fun and innovative way for guests to interact with Ventures as well as each other throughout the night and beyond. Thanks to Tweetwall, attendees were able to see the top tweets that were directed at the hashtag #NEXPO and IDEA’s Twitter handle, @IDEANEU. At such an innovative networking event, it was only fitting for guests and Ventures to expand their interactions into the social media world.

Chris Wolfel, CEO of IDEA, is excited to have seen NEXPO grow into such a successful event over the past three years. This was his final NEXPO as CEO before graduating in May.
“It is great to see how far we’ve come since NEXPO began, and I look forward to seeing how the event continues to excel in the future,” says Wolfel. “Our team worked very hard to make this happen and I couldn’t be happier with the turnout.”

IDEA as a whole is very pleased with the fifth NEXPO, and is looking forward to number six! Hope to see you there.

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