This week we had the visit of the venture leaders (VLs), who are part of a program organized by Venturelab and swissnex Boston. The VLs have been selected among 100 startups in Switzerland and got the chance to discover the US market. It offers them training and networking during 10 intensive days. The 20 top startups from Switzerland were very excited when they arrived at the swissnex office and I had the chance to join them for several events. The VLs had their first introduction event at swissnex Boston on Wednesday night. On that day, I went to a MassChallenge (MC) event – the Open House Celebration. MC recently moved to a new place in South Boston and the event was to celebrate it with guests.
On Thursday I went to the Boston TechJam. I attended the final pitch competition, where entrepreneurs had two minutes to present their company. The TechJam festival started straight after the pitches. As the VLs were supposed to come later, I took the opportunity and joined some friends to watch the first soccer game of the world cup: Brazil vs Croatia. The atmosphere in the pub was amazing and there were a lot of soccer fans – even in the US! Back at the TechJam two hours later I met the venture leaders and we had a lot of fun at the festival: there were plenty of stands from technology companies where you could play games, take funny pictures, win free beers, listen to music, ride a bull and much more!
The next day I spent the whole day with the venture leaders. In the morning they had an expert session divided into five different groups (BioTech, MedTech, Engineering, Tech/CleanTech, IT). They had to pitch their business idea and then they got feedbacks from experts and mentors. After this session they split the venture leaders in groups again and we went for different VC lunches and company visits. The highlight of the day was the BBQ at the end of the day at the residence of Switzerland. We enjoyed great food and discussions at this really amazing villa.
The weekend was soccer par excellence with fun and friends. For the soccer game Switzerland vs. Ecuador on Sunday we organized a pub meeting and enjoyed this exciting game with the venture leaders, some people from swissnex and friends.