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by Sarah Sienkiewicz

On Monday, May 2nd, IDEA kicked off the summer with our annual Pitch-a-Thon event, an exhibition of Northeastern’s most investment-ready ventures. Each of the nine ventures who pitched had six minutes each to present how their businesses solve important problems with innovative solutions and how they are positioned to own the market.DSC_4408

After all the ventures pitches were complete, a cocktail reception followed where ventures networked with potential investors and enjoyed Boston’s skyline from the top of East Village.

Laura Merelic, COO of Mealtime shares her first time experience at Pitch-a-Thon as a venture who pitched that night. “The most exciting part was seeing ventures from such a wide variety of industries. It’s not at every pitch event you can learn about a new kind of anti-depressant and the latest photo sharing app. Additionally all of our mentors from Venture Mentor Network were there, which was super encouraging.”

Get to know the nine 2016 Pitch-a-Thon ventures and their value propositions:


Ever woken up longing for the pictures from the night before? With Blurr, this will never be an issue again. Blurr is revolutionizing the way people share photos purely by connecting users by being at the same place at the same time.


ChargeRX provides portable power when it matters most in order to power the patient experience in any healthcare facility.


Dreamfuel is the home of tools that athletes and teams cannot live without, as we eliminate the clipboard and transform traditional fundraising for sports into the modern era.


Our microbiome – the bacteria on our in us – has changed our understanding of health and disease. Holobiome will develop microbiome based therapeutics to treat mental health.


Turnover is extremely high in the foodservice industry and businesses always find themselves short-staffed and in need of a helping hand. Jobletics intelligently matches vetted w2 workers with local businesses to help with a shift in one hour.


LinkSquares is a web application for teams to automate the search and reporting process around company contracts, replacing current manual review processes. This reduces legal risk, improves team efficiency in compliance reporting, and provides new customer insights.


Mealtime provides curated grocery lists of items that turn perfectly into three different two-portion meals that cost less than $4 each. As food brands look for native ways to advertise online, Mealtime’s lists are the best place for them to offer targeted coupons that inspire action.


Reveu.me is a global career-focused education platform for the creative community.

Therapeutic Innovations

Therapeutic Innovations provides innovative and cost-effective medical devices that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of hospitals and clinics in the developing world.

DSC_4489 Bob Lentz, one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence, is proud of his favorite annual event. He voiced his praise: “I was so pleased how effective each venture was in telling the key elements of their venture in five minutes. That’s not easy to do! This event also highlighted the diversity and strength of ventures coming out of Northeastern. It is extremely rewarding to see the strong turnout from the investor community and their interest in the ventures being developed by the NU community.”