I started my second last week at swissnex Boston with a visit at the Boston University School of Management. The school is located in Back Bay Boston and has over 3400 students. The school is part of the Boston University, which has more than 33k students in 16 schools and colleges. Every year they have between 2000 and 3000 applications for the MBA, but they select only 150 of them for the annual program.
Monday night we had the Global Pitchfest with the Venture Leaders. As there were a lot of people invited, the event wasn’t located at swissnex but at the District Hall in the Innovation District. The Swiss startupers were pitching against US startups. Every person had one minute to present their company. All companies were split in five different groups and the audience voted via SMS for the best pitch of each category. As the presentations were short, the whole event was very dynamic and also fun with the SMS vote. At the end the audience and the judges chose the Global Pitchfest winner: Luc Gervais with his business One Drop Diagnostics.
Recently at a swissnex event, I met a person of a MIT lab and he invited me to their weekly lab lunch. I took this opportunity to see a MIT lab from inside and joined them for lunch on Tuesday. The idea is that students present their projects to visitors who come for lunch and sometimes, even the visitors present their own projects, which was the case when I went to this lunch. On Tuesday night I joined some Venture Leaders for a sailing trip at the Boston Harbor. I’ve already seen Boston from the sea with the ferry, but this was even better as we spent the whole evening on the sea and saw the beautiful sunset behind Boston’s skyline. It was just amazing! Then on Friday, we went to a lab to watch the soccer game Switzerland vs. France with the swissnex team and the embassy of France. Of course we had to recognize the good quality of the French game but I hope Switzerland will win the next game! (What was already the case when I was writing this text).