Mintz Levin’s Additional Resources Guide
Public Resources for Massachusetts Entrepreneurs
BioSquare, which is affiliated with Boston University, combines state-of-the-art, built-to suit research facilities with comprehensive tenant amenities and services—all in one convenient campus setting. Covering 14 acres and offering over 2.5 million square feet of new laboratory and office space, BioSquare is directly adjacent to the Boston University Medical Campus and Boston Medical Center providing corporate tenants unprecedented access to an outstanding scientific and research community. BioSquare is designed to accomadate life sciences companies.
MassBio is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 that represents and provides services and support for the world’s leading life sciences supercluster. MassBio members join an unparalleled network of innovative companies and industry thought leaders with access to opportunities for visibility, professional development and growth. With 1,000+ life sciences companies, academic institutions, disease foundations and other organizations as members, MassBio represents thousands of professionals dedicated to advancing cutting-edge research and development to improve patients’ lives. MassBio members enjoy a wide range of benefits including networking and educational events, savings through MassBio’s Purchasing Consortium, business development and entrepreneurial support programs, public policy and advocacy engagement and economic development support. Memberships are only available to organizations, not to individuals. Some MassBio events are open to non-members.
New England Venture Capital association (NEVCA) seeks to make New England the best place in the world to start new companies by championing the community’s top emerging and proven venture-backed companies, connecting top students with startups, and advocating for innovation-friendly public policy. With more than seven hundred venture capital professionals from over eighty firms, its members collectively manage more than $50 billion in capital. It promotes relationships among founders and investors, amplifies the voice of New England’s entrepreneurial community, and builds workforce development and talent retention programs. NEVCA membership is open to venture capital firms, angel consortiums, family offices, and corporate venture groups actively investing equity capital.
Startup Institute offers courses, and programs built to give people the skills, mindset, and network to build careers they love, doing work that matters, with innovative local companies. Startup Institute's program offers an immersive and transformative experience for those who want to gain new skills or re-enter the workforce over 12 weeks, even without quitting their day jobs. Startup Institute only accepts around 18% of applicants, which means seats are limited. As an incentive to get the process kicked off earlier, they offer tiered tuition rates where the earlier applicants apply, the less they will pay. Tuition is $9,100 at the first deadline, $9,300 at the second deadline, and $9,500 at the final deadline.
The Capital Network, a non-profit organization, brings together the Boston area’s largest active community of investors and startup experts to provide startups with the practical, hands-on education and personalized mentoring startups need as they navigate the fundraising process. Its Accelerated Education Program is a six-month workshop series on financing education for early-stage entrepreneurs. Topics include dilution impact of early-stage investment, calculation of financial projections, valuation for equity compensation, capitalization, angel and venture term sheets.
Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS) is a City of Boston program designed to bring a network of support, resources, and opportunities to Boston’s current and aspiring women entrepreneurs. The City of Boston created WE BOS to convene the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2015, over 4,000 women have participated in WE BOS programming through one-on-one coaching, workshops, panel discussion, pitch competitions, networking opportunities, and more. WE BOS unifies and supports all women entrepreneurs, from startups to home-based businesses to the established brick-and-mortar mainstays of Boston’s neighborhoods. A program of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, WE BOS is uniquely situated and able to offer Boston’s women entrepreneurs a variety of resources and opportunities that fit their individual needs. Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) offers five tuition-free seats in their Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab to women entrepreneurs in partnership with the City of Boston’s Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS) initiative. The WIN lab is year-long program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to think big, be bold, and launch successful companies. The cohort meets Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9 p.m., September through April and is based at the Babson Campus in Post Office Square, Boston.