Win up to $20K in prizes at the Business Launch COMPETITION
Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Board

Winning first place at last year’s competition set off a chain
of events for Green Lightning Surfboards. They landed a
finalist spot in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards,
they were featured in Boston Business Journal and they
closed their first customer sales. So... Where will your business launch take you?

SIGN UP and LAUNCH today! Mentors available to help. 
1st Prize
$2,500 cash + Startup Legal Consulting Package provided by
Goodwin Procter LLP, valued at $10,000
12 months access to inbound marketing solution provided by
Hubspot, valued at $6,000
12 months access and support for email marketing solution
provided by Yesware, valued at $1,500
3 months access to the Venture Development Center

2nd Prize
$1,500 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

3rd Prize
$1,000 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center
- Special Startup Banking Consulting Package provided by Silicon
Valley Bank for all Technology-based finalists
-Free training to all finalists for Yesware’s base freeware solution

Competition starts March 1st. Presentations and Awards at the Venture Development Center May 9th
Winners chosen by how much progress is made in 2 months
All UMass Boston students eligible to compete, so apply today!
Email to request an application package


Paid High Tech Internships: Workshops on How to Get One!

StEP will be hosting weekly workshops on Thursday evenings starting in February to prepare and place UMB students in paid Sales, Marketing, Software Development, Quality Assurance and IT internships with High Tech Startups! 

See our flyer link below for more info.


We wish you all the best!


Past Events:


The Venture Development Center is starting a business launch competition at UMASS Boston on March 1st. Presentation and awards will be held on May 11th. Winners will be chosen by how much progress they will make in two months.


1st Prize

  • $2,500 + $10,000 Value Legal Consulting Package provided by K&L Gates, LLP
  • 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

2nd Prize

  • $1,000 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

3rd Prize

  • $500 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

To get more information, apply and register, please email:


NEXT: A Celebration of the Commonwealth's Emerging Entrepreneurs
 Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 6 PM - 8 PM
UMASS Boston, Venture Development Center, Wheatley Building, 3d floor

Event Agenda:

  • Role of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Exhibition of resources and services available for young entrepreneurs
  • Networking and Business Opportunities
  • Featured guests: "America's Best Young Entrepreneurs" by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Magazine
Social Media Marketing for your Start-up Business: How to Define your Market?
 Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM
UMASS Boston, Venture Development Center, Wheatley Building, 3d floor
Featured Speaker: Kevin Conklin, VP of Sales and Marketing, VKernel Corporation 
Speaker Biography:
As VP of Sales and Marketing at VKernel Corporation, Kevin has extensive experience with start-ups and established enterprises. Most recently, Kevin served as VP of Marketing at Mazu Networks and was focused on repositioning the company to take advantage of its unique market differentiators. In one year, his efforts led to a 50 percent increase in quarterly revenue resulting in Mazu's acquisition by Riverbed Technology. Previously Conklin was a Chief Marketing Officer for SMARTS where he led an effort to refocus marketing messaging and expand channel and partner programs. SMARTS was acquired by EMC. He was also the executive VP of Marketing and Business Development for Concord Communications which was widely recognized as a market share leader in a field of over 20 network management vendors.
BRA Briefing: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Boston
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Campus Center, 2nd FL, University Dining Rm B
Featured Speaker: Lisa Hemmerle, Deputy Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Event Agenda:

  • Role of the BRA
  • Starting a Business in Boston
  • Business Diversity in Boston
  • City of Boston Programs to Support Business and Entrepreneurship 
Brought to you by the UMass Boston Graduate Business Association (GBA)
Speaker Biography:
Lisa Hemmerle is the Deputy Director of Economic Initiatives at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.  The Boston Redevelopment Authority is the Economic Development and Planning agency for the City of Boston.  Previously, Lisa ran a nonprofit she founded in New Hampshire for individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury.  After eight years, the organization was merged with Granite State Independent Living, the state’s largest cross-disability services nonprofit. Prior to that, Lisa worked as a CPA with KPMG, LLP as an auditor and consultant for domestic and international banks.  Besides the U.S., she has lived in Germany, the Netherlands and China and traveled extensively.  Most recently, Lisa graduated with honors from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Administration.  She was recently married at Boston’s own Museum of Science.
MIT Elevator Pitch Contest
    Have you ever had ideas for new products and services that can be successful in the market? Do you want to compete with students from the Boston area and test your ideas? 
The Elevator Pitch Contest provides the opportunity to get immediate feedback on your 60-second pitch from top-notch venture, legal, and industry judges. You will be able to network with entrepreneurs as well as students and staff from different universities from the greater Boston area. This is an excellent learning opportunity that you might want to have on your resume.
What is the Elevator Pitch Contest?
The Elevator Pitch Contest is an event where participants deliver a 60-second elevator pitch on a business idea without any materials (handouts, slides, etc.). Entrants will compete for up to $10,000 in prizes, and priceless feedback on the ideas will come from a distinguished panel of experts including  other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Contestants can enter to compete in one or more of the following tracks:
•         Development – The mission of the Development Track is to jump-start transformative businesses that serve emerging and frontier markets.
•         Energy – The mission of the Energy Track is to turbo-charge the next generation of energy entrepreneurs to help solve the world’s energy challenge.
•         Life Sciences - The Life Sciences track welcomes ideas and companies related to biotechnology, therapeutics, medical devices, biomaterials, healthcare IT, diagnostics and instrumentation.
•         Mobile - The mobile track exists to inspire new products and services that can be used to enhance our lives and productivity when we are on the go.
•         Products & Services – Ideas competing in the Products & Services track aim at satisfying a broad array of consumer and business needs, ranging from revolutionary building materials to the latest high-tech gadget.
•         Web/IT – The Web/IT track focuses on making the lives of individuals and businesses easier by offering IT and web-based solutions to their needs.
Who is eligible to enter?     
The contest is open to everyone. There is no cost to enter.
When does registration open?
Registration for the EPC opens on October 1st.
Pre-EPC Workshop @MIT
DATE: Thursday, October 15, 2009
TIME: 6:00pm
Location: MIT, Stata building room 32-144
Get more information and register here:
For more details, please visit:

Paid High Tech Internships: Workshops on How to Get One!

posted Jul 27, 2011, 8:00 AM by Edel Freitas

StEP will be hosting weekly workshops on Tuesdays evenings to prepare and place UMB students in paid Sales, Marketing, Software Development, Quality Assurance and IT internships with High Tech Startups! 

See our flyer for more info.

We wish you all the best!

Interviewing and Career Planning Essentials Workshop

posted Oct 2, 2009, 8:10 PM by Anna Tsui

Have you ever wondered if you are doing the right things to prepare yourself for the job market? Are you branding yourself well? Are you leveraging key relationships?

This workshop will focus on giving you tools to effectively communicate in professional situations. It will address how to handle interviews and manage key relationships. Improve your chances of receiving paid internships offered through UMass Boston’s Student Entrepreneurship Program (StEP). This event is applicable to ALL career-seeking students, with a special focus on assisting international students in the interviewing process. See attached flyer for more details.
This is a MAP event

Date:            Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time:            4:30-5:50pm
Location:      Venture Development Center
                    Wheatley Building, 3rd Floor

About the Speaker

Nadia Nassif is the Founder and President of Springboards Language Training and
Consulting, LLC, a Boston-based professional communications firm that works
specifically with international professionals and students. A native to the city,
Nadia received a degree at Boston University in applied linguistics and modern
foreign languages. She has been teaching English as a Second Language and Business
Communication in the U.S. and Japan for nearly a decade. In her current MBA
research at UMASS Boston, she is exploring the powerful connection between
organizational effectiveness and well-supported work forces with a particular
emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse firms.


Stay in MA Scholarship Program

posted Oct 2, 2009, 7:37 PM by Anna Tsui   [ updated Oct 2, 2009, 8:15 PM ]

Stay in MA is a scholarship program for Massachusetts-based college students funded by Flybridge Capital Partners. The program is focused on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation between students and the local business community by providing financial assistance to students interested in joining or attending the events of technology and business organizations in the region.
Scholarships are available to any undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a full-time program at a Massachusetts college or university and interested in attending the event or becoming a member of one of the approved partner organizations. Scholarships will cover the student rate for an event registration or membership up to a maximum of $100 per event or membership. Each student may apply for up to 3 scholarships per calendar year.
To apply for a scholarship, go to and fill out the short scholarship request form. Scholarships must be applied for at least 2 business days prior to the event date.
Once a scholarship has been approved, Stay in MA will coordinate registration for the student with the partner organization.
All scholarship requests must meet the following criteria:

·        Student is currently enrolled at a Massachusetts college or university as a full-time student.

·        A valid university email address must be provided with each submission.

·        Event the student would like to attend is affiliated with one of the Stay in MA partner

·        organizations and there are still Stay in MA scholarships available for the event.

·        Student has not received more than 3 scholarships during the current calendar year

·        If student has received prior scholarship grants, they have attended the event they received a

·        grant for. If a student receives a scholarship and does not attend the event, they will be

·        ineligible for future scholarship grants.

For more information, please visit <>
My contact at Flybridge is Kate Castle:

ForSE: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs

posted Sep 28, 2009, 4:13 PM by Anna Tsui   [ updated Sep 28, 2009, 4:17 PM ]

ForSE: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs

New England’s largest conference focused on building a dynamic network of leading entrepreneurs, concerned professionals, investors, and thought-leaders dedicated to social impact. This is an opportunity to attend the leading event that brings together like minded professionals from technology, business and social sectors with a focus on social entrepreneurship. Over 200 attendees from the Greater Boston area and beyond are expected to converge in October for an activity filled day of workshops, information sharing, and networking. Meet with the thought leaders and young innovators in the field.

Date & Time
Friday, October 23, 2009
9 am to 5.30 pm

Olin Hall
Babson College
231 Forest Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
To register

Attention Student Entrepreneurs

posted Mar 5, 2009, 6:24 AM by Anna Tsui   [ updated Oct 2, 2009, 8:15 PM ]

Are you a student entrepreneur with a business startup that you’d like to grow to the next level this summer?  If so, the Summer@Highland 2009 program may be just what you need.

In its third year, Summer@Highland is designed to provide selected student entrepreneurs with the environment and resources for advancing their startup initiative/company to the next level.  Participating entrepreneurs/teams will receive a financial stipend and complimentary work space in either our Lexington, Massachusetts or Menlo Park, California office.  The teams will have access to Highland investment professionals along with further resources for injecting real-world advice, insight and perspectives into the entrepreneurial and company-building process.  Full details on this year’s program and an application form can be at

Participating teams in the Summer@Highland 2009 program are under no obligation to Highland after the summer.  That being said, advanced initiatives/companies may qualify for seed financing and/or additional involvement by the Highland team to help accelerate company growth.  Further terms and conditions may apply for those that qualify for these options (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) and are interested in taking advantage of them.


What we’re looking for in 2009

We are especially interested in having you spend the summer with us if:

- You have a leadership team with vision, passion, and drive;

- Your initiative is built around a breakthrough idea that is scalable and monetizable;

- You’re pursuing a large addressable market opportunity with a product/service that has the potential to be highly-disruptive in its area;

- Your business initiative is already showing momentum and (ideally) some demonstrable market traction (i.e., you’re well beyond concept);

- You’re operating in a sector that we focus on – information and communication technology, digital media, life sciences, advanced materials & semiconductors, cleantech; and,

- You can direct us to some advisors who see your business’s potential as you do.


Particulars of Summer@Highland 2009

- The program is open to current undergraduate or graduate students, post graduate docs, as well as recent grads (December 2008 or later).  At least one participating member of the team must meet this criterion.

- Teams can comprise 1 to 4 persons.

- A single person team will receive a $7,500 stipend for the summer, if selected.

- A multi-person team will receive a $15,000 stipend, if selected.

- Participating teams are required to work full time for a minimum 10 weeks on their initiative.  Start and end dates are flexible and are to span the period of mid-May through September 2009.

- Participating teams will need to reside in one of Highland’s offices (Lexington, MA or Menlo Park, CA) while participating in the program.

- Each participating team will have a Highland sponsor who will be the team’s gateway to advice and counsel from Highland’s investors and industry network.

- Participating teams in the core Summer@Highland 2009 program are under no obligation to Highland after the summer.  Further terms and conditions may apply for advanced initiatives that qualify for and are interested in pursuing seed financing and/or additional involvement by the Highland team.


How to apply

- Please complete the brief online application (available at

- Attach to your application (1) resumes/bios for each team member, and (2) up to two referrals/letters of recommendation (recommended).  The latter may be from faculty & administration, board or advisory group members, or others affiliated with close knowledge of your initiative and/or team members.

- You may also consider optionally attaching (1) executive summary of your initiative/company, and/or (2) a link to a 1-2 minute overview / elevator pitch video via YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

- The application deadline for consideration in the 2009 program is Thursday, April 9, 2009.

- Selected projects will be notified via email no later than May 1, 2009.

Career Development

posted Feb 20, 2009, 1:48 PM by Anna Tsui   [ updated Oct 2, 2009, 8:15 PM ]

Build a Career in High-TechStart-ups!


Tuesday, March 3rd
Venture Development Center
Presentation Room
Wheatley Building, 3rd floor


Daniel Phillips has successfully overseen several start-ups and is the founder of UMass Boston’s Student Entrepreneurship Program (StEP). He will share career opportunities in venture capital funded high-tech startup companies for UMass Boston students.

Why high-tech start-ups want you!

Dennis Ford, President, Brighton House Associates

Dennis Ford has 25 years experience working with emerging technology companies. He is responsible for the overall business growth of BHA. Prior to joining BHA, Dennis was Director and Vice President of Business Development at Refresh Software Corporation, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Avaki and Vice President of Business Development at Engage Software. Having employed several UMass Boston students as interns, Dennis will provide valuable insight on what successful start-ups look for when hiring students and what students he is looking to hire!


Get your questions answered!

Current interns speak about their experiences working for start-ups.

Sponsored by the Venture Development Center and the College of Management. For more information and for special accommodations, please contact:, 617-287-6070.

Light refreshments will be served.

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