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MassChallenge Brings it with: Minute to Pitch It

Before the rounds of judging begin MC Finalists are preparing themselves, and there is no better way to do that than with our Minute To Pitch It event, happening on August 28th.
You don’t want to miss this!
When you hear the gong its on to the next one! Minute To Pitch It gives Finalists the opportunity to polish their pitch and be creative in their execution in order to WOW the audience and focus on their product solutions, which count.

Desk Hacks for Entrepreneurs 101

Use Your Monitor as Extra Storage Space

The backside of your computer monitor is a perfect, and often unthought of space for storage. This spot is ideal for standard office supplies that are used irregularly and for computer accessories you’d like to keep out of the way. These storage solutions are easy, cost-effective, and non-permanent. Consider using sticky hooks and cheap holders which fit the items you want to store away.

Clip In Your Cables

The Big Idea Behind a Little Robot

“I’m a little strange, but certainly was inspired by robots being practical.” 

4 Ways to Get Prepped for the 2013 Startup Showcase

Listen to the Startup Showcase Playlist

Nothing can get you pumped up quite like music. Check out this playlist with some fresh tracks to get you ready for all the awesome that the 2013 Finalists are about to bring on.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Startup Senators

During their visit, our finalists had the privilege of pitching their companies and sharing a few thoughts with Senator Warren and Senator Markey.

Startups and Law Firms

“Lawyers often act as a startup’s first outside advisor, even before angels or venture capital investors,” explained Gabor Garai, partner at Foley & Lardner. “We’ve worked with more startups than even the most experienced serial entrepreneur, so we’ve seen the best practices among startups, and we’ve also seen some of the worst, so we can give you the lay of the land.” 

Solve Human Problems:

What I want to tell you about is a phrase I actually picked up last week from a mentor.  I've lived it and felt it my whole life, but didn't have the right combination of English vernacular quite down yet.  Now I do: benefit driven design.  You can even take it a step further, user-centric-benefit-design.  But that's kind of ugly sounding.  When you design around benefits, you will accomplish something truly special and meaningful.

You Can’t Save the World Without a Vision

Griffith explains that in the beginning it isn’t important to think about environmental impact or trendy concepts. Those benefits will fall into place based on strong core values. That said, a company’s core values are the laws, in which a company lives and breathes by.
Here are the 5 core values, which Zipcar and its employees live by:

Obsessive about member experience:

School is out, but the Finalists are in!

Keep the learning alive this summer by avoiding the brain drain and check out great educational tools created by our finalists:
SchoolYourself is an interactive learning tool, which uses high-quality content and professional expertise to permit users to learn visually in a digital platform, unlike traditional textbooks. Through SchoolYourself people learn differently with a personalized and independent experience.

MassChallenge Israel Mini Boot Camp

The seven MassChallenge Israel Finalists that attended were:
DialogWhiz - gives structure to web discussions, making them truly effective for getting informed and making decisions
Greenvolved – is an evolution of crowdfunding for environmental projects that lets individuals and corporations to co-operate- for our planet