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Opportunities at the New England Venture Summit


by Ribhav Gupta

With a growing rise in early stage startups, the waters of venture capitalist funding have quickly grown muddy. As a means of providing necessary transparency on how venture firms decide where to invest, current trends in venture capitalism, and other means for acquiring assets, the youngStartup Ventures is to hold its annual New England Venture Capital Summit on December 9th. Registration information, as a general attendee, volunteer, or startup representative can be found on their website.

The summit is a prized opportunity for young entrepreneurs to dance toe-to-toe with dozens of the leading venture capital firms, with prominent names such as New Enterprise Associates, Intel Capital, and many other venture firms taking the stage this year.

An entrepreneur is born out of the ability to dream of building a better tomorrow and the dedication to pursue the dream. This event is geared towards those who dare to dream of building something special. For this reason, the venture firms speaking at the event all share one similarity: a dedication towards early stage startup investment. Each of these firms will speak on a host of topics ranging from what they look for in an early startup to smart strategies for creating capital by other means. It is this unique educational aspect of the summit, on the thinking style of venture firms, that has brought the summit to the spotlight.

The event is however two pronged, providing time for both education and interaction, by the use of many socializing hours. In general, socializing hours ( technically called networking hours) are not simply meant for mingling. This is precious time for early stage startups to get one on one time with prospective venture firms. For those not working at these startups, this time also serves as a perfect opportunity to get affiliated with the work these startups are doing and to search out potential work opportunities. The time split between learning and networking makes this one day summit a priceless opportunity for everyone, from the founder of a startup to anyone with a hankering to work on the frontlnes to change the world.

The fact is money makes the world go ‘round. Entrepreneurs pour their blood, sweat and tears into bringing concepts to life. They work to dedicate a potion of their lives to making the life of others better. Sadly, many of these innovations never make it to the market in order to help the masses, not because of concept failure but simply due to the fact that they are overlooked when it comes time for generating series funding. youngStartup Ventures aims to turn this around, creating opportunities for up and coming startups to turn their vision into reality.