Why did we create Startup Boston Week?
Startup Boston Week was created in November 2016 with a vision of bringing the entire startup community together.
The startup community has always been tight-knit, and our team saw an opportunity to strengthen this community and its output by creating an event series that uniquely connects the entire ecosystem—bridging the gap between industries and company stages. We believe that the rising tide can lift all boats, and we built Startup Boston Week to support all levels of and contributors to the startup ecosystem.
In September of 2017 we held our first Startup Boston Week. We planned five days of jam-packed programming with 125 speakers and, while we knew we had something special planned, it wasn’t until people started flooding in on the first day that we knew for sure that Startup Boston would be a hit. We ended up attracting 2500 attendees to our events, which featured prominent entrepreneurs from the local scene, including Brian Halligan (HubSpot), Jules Pieri (The Grommet), and Paul Liberman (Draftkings).
Our second annual Startup Boston Week was all about taking our content and programming to the next level. In response to feedback from the previous year, we focused on crafting new event formats that were fresh and sometimes experimental. And, we pounded the pavement to curate a top-notch list of speakers, including Raj Aggarwal (Localytics), Donna Levin (Care.Com), and Stefania Mallet (ezCater).
For the third annual Startup Boston Week we focused on the attendee experience. The team worked hard to produce - and label - events in a way that made it easy for attendees to navigate. Crafting each track specifically with a specific company department in mind - and we labeled each event within the track according to the company stage (idea, early, growth, and late). This way attendees knew exactly which events they should attend to receive the best information for their role - and company stage.
Additionally, we worked on diversifying our speaker list - so we could hear from startups, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders that haven’t been given the opportunity to share their wisdom with the startup community.