Lessons of a Harvard StartUp Part 1: My First Boston Pitch and Boston StartUp Resources
On Thursday May, 19th, I attended the Mass Innovation Night #122 to pitch my startup, StrattyX. Mass Innovation Nights is a series of events intended to highlight local entrepreneurs and their work in Massachusetts. It provides a networking space, connecting the entrepreneurs to local residents.
During this event, I met a lot of amazing people and learned many interesting things that I’d like to share with you.
Pitching means meeting interesting people.
A benefit of going to in-person events is that I meet a ton of different people. I got to meet the founder of another meetup event that had over 450 women that were interested in finance. She offered to push for user testing for my app through their club and invited me to join the club as well. This will be beneficial to everyone as those women will be able to gain a new understanding of the trading world and StrattyX gets feedback to help make our platform better.
People will talk to you about funding, sometimes.
On this night, the event celebrated African and African American founders and their successes. Knowing that black startup founders received just 1 percent of the U.S. venture capital funding in 2015 and furthermore that black women only represented .0006 percent of the $424.7 billion in total tech venture funding raised since 2009, made attending this event all the more special. It was my first time ever pitching in the city of Boston. I was nervous but at the same time excited to finally start pitching on behalf of my company. I was extremely floored at the number of people that offered to give financial capital and support for StrattyX. After my quick table pitch, four separate people asked me if I was still fundraising and a couple of people asked to be in the loop about my next round.
In person makes a more powerful impact.
I’m thankful for the experience and I can hands down say the number one thing I learned from this event was to never underestimate the power of an in-person connection. Many entrepreneurs that are in fintech tend to spend more time focused on designing different marketing materials or having links that are only digital. I encourage my fellow startup founders to spend more time going to events in person and meeting the community that wants to support your endeavors offline.
For those in Boston I suggest these few events and organizations that have great programming to facilitate in person meetings:
- https://www.eventbrite.com/o/founders-live-13040893694 (I’ll be pitching this in a couple of weeks!)
- And another for good measure: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-roundtable-with-jonathan-kim-tickets-59953934833?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Will be writing more posts on the Harvard startup journey and will be probably posting a YouTube about a few pitches and events on the StrattyX page so feel free to follow there as well.
Auriel Wright is the CEO and CTO of StrattyX. Auriel is a Junior at Harvard studying Computer Science and Business Mandarin Chinese who built her company with the idea of democratizing algorithmic trading in mind. StrattyX’s Account: StrattyX Medium.