Startup Pitch Contest Judged by All-Star VCs and New "TechTalks" Kickoff Boston TechJam

   Startup Pitch Contest Judged by All-Star VCs and New "TechTalks" Kickoff
                                Boston TechJam

Locally-Based Startups and Successful Entrepreneurs Share Pivotal Moments at
Old Faneuil Hall

PR Newswire

BOSTON, June 5, 2014

BOSTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET on June 12, six
startups will kick off the largest and most diverse innovation event in the
region when they take the stage and pitch their business ideas to an all-star
panel of local VCs. The "Startup Pitch Heard 'Round the World" opens the
second Boston TechJam and is a Shark Tank-like event where new entrepreneurs
vie forexposure, expert coaching and potential investor and startup
accelerator partners.

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In between the startup pitches, five celebrated Boston-area entrepreneurs and
founders from Aquto, Blade, Care.com, Constant Contact and Harpoon Brewery
will share their own success stories in Boston TechJam's new series of
TechTalks.

Boston TechJam, founded by Apperian CMO Mark Lorion and MassTLC Director
Christine Nolan, has pulled together a panel of the area's leading venture
capitalists including Chip Hazard, general partner, Flybridge Capital
Partners; James Geshwiler, managing director, CommonAngels; Katie Rae,
managing director, Techstars Boston; and Peter Boyce II, co-founder, Rough
Draft Ventures.

Nearly 50 startups competed for just six "Startup Pitch Heard 'Round The
World" contest slots. Teams range from first-time high-school entrepreneurs,
to a Bitcoin startup, to consumer photo and music tech and include:

  oBitCoin Nation – software to access cash for bitcoins on existing ATM
  oEnergy Harvesters LLC – mobile charger fueled by walking to let users be
    their own power source
  oIncrement – sensory toys that foster development skills, regardless of
    kids' age, ability or gender
  oMoodsnap – delivers mood-based playlists inspired by images
  oSharalike – Sorts your photo tsunami, selects the best pictures and
    creates animated slideshows in seconds
  oTimeOut by SKARA & Co. – baseline and on-site mobile concussion testing
    app for athletes

To prepare, the startups attended a pitch class led by Bob Mason, co-founder,
Brightcove and mentor at Techstars Boston, and Michael Sattler, co-founder and
CEO, Splitzee and moderator of the Boston Pitch Club. The startups were also
paired with the following mentors, including Michael Sattler, for one-on-one
coaching: Annette Reynolds, executive director, 128 Innovation Capital Group;
Jay Batson, mentor in residence, Techstars Boston and partner member,
CommonAngels; Jeffrey Beir, founder, Seed2A startup advisory; and Julia
Austin, principal, Austinfish startup advisory.

New this year is the TechTalk series, which will offer insider tips and
inspire both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Alternating with the
startup pitches, the following successful local entrepreneurs will unveil and
reflect on pivotal business moments that put them on the path to success:

  oAndy Miller, chief innovation architect at Constant Contact
  oBrian Kalma, head of UX at new consumer incubator Blade
  oDonna Levin, co-founder of Care.com
  oRichard Doyle, co-founder of Harpoon Brewery
  oSusie Kim Riley, founder of Aquto

The "Startup Pitch Heard 'Round the World" and TechTalks event is just $10 to
attend and open to all ages with 100 percent of admissions supporting
computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

After the "Startup Pitch Heard 'Round the World" concludes at 4:00 p.m., the
21+ tech block party and innovation festival in Boston City Hall Plaza runs
until 9:00 p.m. Here, 3,000 attendees will network, explore tech innovations,
enjoy "street festival"-type games and activities hosted by more than 75 area
tech companies, listen to live bands from the tech industry and enjoy local
art, craft beer from Harpoon Brewery and local food trucks.

To register for the eventand get the most up-to-date information regarding
the event including timing, logistics, sponsors and partners please
visitwww.bostontechjam.organd follow updates at @bostontechjam.

Boston TechJam is supported by Constant Contact, Continuum Managed IT
Services, Dyn, EnerNOC, HP, Kronos Incorporated, LogMeIn, Monster, Carbonite's
women in tech initiative SaaSy and Wayfair and collaborators include Apperian,
City of Boston, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, Idea Week Boston,
Launch Academy, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MITX, New England Venture Capital
Association, Presskit.to, SHIFT Communications, and TUGG.

About Boston TechJam
Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class
innovations coming out of the Boston region. The event brings together early
stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises, venture
capitalists and artists to celebrate the region's technology, entrepreneurship
and culture. Equal parts idea exchange and celebration, Boston TechJam is an
unconventional meeting ground for local innovators, visionaries and
up-and-comers. The 21+ event will take place June 12, 2014 in Boston City Hall
Plaza.

Media Contact:
Sarah Borup
SHIFT Communications
btj@shiftcomm.com

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