2017 Events

Events

TechTrek Boston & Spark@Shea: Innovation Trip to Twitter Cambridge & Accomplice Ventures

TechTrek Boston & Spark@Shea: Innovation Trip to Twitter Cambridge & Accomplice Ventures

Get a chance to network with company executives, experience the Twitter & Accomplice company culture, learn how they recruit talent, and get your questions answered!

3-3:55PM Twitter Cambridge
Walk over to Accomplice
4-5PM Accomplice Ventures

Meet at Alumni Stadium at 2:15 pm to take the bus to Cambridge. We will leave at 2:15PM and arrive back to campus by 5:30PM. Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot.

As part of the Shea Center’s experiential learning initiatives and to complement other co-curricular activities, the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with TechTrek Boston and will be doing six visits throughout the first semester to tech and startup companies, offering students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

September 22

2:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Cambridge

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

"Perfect Pitch" Workshop

"Perfect Pitch" Workshop

Applying to the Elevator Pitch Competition? Looking for advice on how to tune your words for the ears of your audience? Peter Bell, Senior Advisor at Highland Capital, will host a pitch workshop on September 27th at 5:30 p.m. in Cushing 208. The workshop will offer students practical tips and tools for avoiding mistakes that even seasoned entrepreneurs make when they pitch.

Click here to register!

September 27

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Peter Bell

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Peter Bell

Join us for lunch with BC alum Peter Bell, Senior Advisor at Highland Capital!

Discuss Peter's journey as an investor and entrepreneur, then network with Peter & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

Peter Bell fell in love with startups after spending 10 years as an early employee at EMC, where he experienced firsthand how the right product, business model, and innovation can kill a market incumbent. Bell focuses on companies in the information security, e-commerce, cloud infrastructure, mobile, enterprise software, and communications industries. At Highland, Bell is directly involved with Bitnet, Bromium, and many more early stage companies. Previously, Bell founded Stowe Capital, where as Managing Director, he helped emerging growth companies secure financing and find their place in the market. Prior to that, he co-founded StorageNetworks, where as CEO, he took the company from concept to $120 million in annual revenue inside of three years. By the time StorageNetworks went public, Peter had closed six rounds of financing totaling over $700 million. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Babson College.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Click here to register!

September 28

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

TechTrek West 2018: Information Session

TechTrek West 2018: Information Session

Boston College and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship present TechTrek West 2018!

Learn about the class, the trek, the 2018 lineup, and the application process!

Undergraduate TechTrek West (ISYS3205) is a competitively admitted three-credit field study course open to all Boston College undergraduate students, all colleges, all majors, years sophomore to senior. Topics studied in this rigorous and demanding class include: how firms go from ‘startup to blue chip’, competition in tech industries, and leveraging technology for competitive advantage.

Class is held on Wednesday's, 1-3pm during the first half of Spring semester. The rest of the course is held over spring break when students travel to Silicon Valley and attend master class sessions in firm offices with senior executives, partners, and founders at roughly 20 leading tech and venture capital firms. Classwork involves extensive reading, lectures, presentations, several research submissions, an exam, and a final synthesis research paper.

Application deadline is October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm to the Information Systems Department in Fulton 460.  Lab fee will be $2,300, with a $200 deposit due a week after admission (students in the Montserrat Coalition can have this waived with permission from the Coalition). Additional information (including 2017 program applications) is available via: bc.edu/techtrek

Questions? See IS Dept. Admin Benjamin Horton: hortonba@bc.edu.

October 03

6:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Cory Levy

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Cory Levy

Join us for lunch with Cory Levy, COO and Co-Founder of After School!

Discuss Cory's journey as a tech entrepreneur, then network with Cory & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

Cory first pursued his passion in entrepreneurship through externships at TechStars, Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund, and DFJ Mercury. He went on to study computer science at the University of Illinois, then took a leave of absence to start ONE, a micro-localization technology that helps notify you when you're near others will like interests. After founding ONE, he co-founded After School, the largest teen-focused social network. He is also the Creator of the Internapalooza, a conference bringing together thousands of the smartest college students in Silicon Valley with experienced entrepreneurs. 

After School brings fun and creative experiences to America's teens. The largest teen-focused social network, After School is where teens can be themselves in a positive environment. Teens can speak their mind, connect with classmates, participate in social change efforts, volunteer, apply for scholarships, and more, all on After School.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Register here to reserve a spot!

October 04

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Network with BC Student Entrepreneurs!

Network with BC Student Entrepreneurs!

Have an Idea but not sure where to start? Join student entrepreneurs as they share tips on starting a business! 

In this session, the students will talk about how they made their idea a reality! They will discuss how they learned iOS development, web development, legal frameworks, and more. 

Take your first step in bringing your idea to fruition! 

Food will be provided.

October 05

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Eric Tarczynski

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Eric Tarczynski

Join us for lunch with Eric Tarczynski, Founder of Contrary Capital!

Discuss Eric's journey in venture capital, then network with Eric & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

Learn about the story of Contrary (and how his background as a student-entrepreneur lead to its eventual creation), what they're up to now, and have any burning questions that you might have about venture capital answered. 

Contrary Capital is a decentralized, university-focused venture capital fund with a laser focus on investing in and supporting the best and brightest university entrepreneurs. Eric started Contrary after spending time as an early employee at YC-backed Kamcord and co-founding two companies - a mobile payments start-up and quant hedge fund - while in school right down the road at Northeastern.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Register here to reserve your spot!

October 10

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Stokes Hall, North, Room 201N

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

TechTrek Boston: CloudHealth Technologies & EverTrue

TechTrek Boston: CloudHealth Technologies & EverTrue

Get a chance to network with company executives, experience the CloudHealth & EverTrue company culture, learn how they recruit talent, and get your questions answered! Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot.

2:15 PM - Take bus to Boston. The bus leaves at 2:15, so please meet at Alumni Stadium prior to 2:15.
3:00 - 3:55 PM - Visit CloudHealth Technologies.
3:55 PM - Walk over to EverTrue.
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Visit EverTrue.
5:30 PM - Arrive back to campus.

As part of the Shea Center’s experiential learning initiatives and to complement other co-curricular activities, the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with TechTrek Boston and will be doing six visits throughout the first semester to tech and startup companies, offering students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

October 13

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Alumni Stadium

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Sam Spector

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Sam Spector

Join us for lunch with BC alumnus Sam Spector, Vice President & Partner of the Global Workday Practice!

Discuss Sam's impressive career at IBM and beyond. Hear about his proven track record of success developing and implementing both human resource and operational strategies and initiatives that are aligned with business needs, and address key corporate objectives. After, network with Sam & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Register here to reserve a spot.

October 25

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Elevator Pitch Competition Finals

Elevator Pitch Competition Finals

You're Invited!

Join us to see who wins $500 in 60 seconds!

The Elevator Pitch Competition is the first competition that the Shea Center & Start@Shea hold each year. It is open to undergraduate students, and it is a blast! Expect lots of great ideas and energetic students excited about entrepreneurship! 

On the 26th, there will be 15 students that were chosen to advance to the finals and must give a 60-second pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. Following the pitch, the judges will have 1-2 minutes to ask additional questions.  At the end of the event, 4 teams will be awarded. The award categories are 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Crowd Favorite. 

Don't miss it!

October 26

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring John O'Shea

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring John O'Shea

Join us for lunch with social entrepreneur, John O'Shea.

Hear about how John founded an aid agency, discuss his journey as a social entrepreneur, then network with John & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

One of Ireland’s most celebrated humanitarians, John O’Shea has devoted his life to working on behalf of the world’s poor.
Described by the former Irish President Mary Robinson as a man of ‘unique qualities,' John has spent 35 years working to alleviate suffering in the developing world. Through the aid agency he founded, GOAL, he has helped raise over a billion dollars to fund aid programmes in over 50 countries throughout the world. Passionate and often controversial, John has earned an international reputation for straight talking, because of his courage in highlighting the problem of institutionalised corruption in developing countries, and the threat that this corruption poses to the safe delivery of aid.

Since his retirement from GOAL in 2012, John has set himself the challenge of inspiring other people to become social entrepreneurs, in the belief that every individual can make a big difference in the battle against global inequality.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Click here to reserve your spot!

November 01

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Sisi Song

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring Sisi Song

Join us for lunch with Sisi Song, Tech Investor at Alibaba!

Discuss Sisi's journey from investment banking to tech, then network with Sisi & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

Sisi is currently a Tech Investor at Alibaba on the U.S Investments team based in San Francisco. Her role involves working with innovative technology companies and facilitating cross-border collaborations that are shaping the global business landscape. Prior to Alibaba, she worked in Tech Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan in New York. Sisi graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Management, concentrating in Finance and Information Systems.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Register here to reserve a spot!

November 03

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Office Hours with Sisi Song of Alibaba

Office Hours with Sisi Song of Alibaba

Get advice for your startup from Sisi Song of Alibaba!

Sisi is currently a Tech Investor at Alibaba on the U.S Investments team based in San Francisco. Her role involves working with innovative technology companies and facilitating cross-border collaborations that are shaping the global business landscape. Prior to Alibaba, she worked in Tech Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan in New York. Sisi graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Management, concentrating in Finance and Information Systems.

Register for a 20-minute time slot here

November 03

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Shea Center presents TechTrek Boston: Definitive Healthcare

Shea Center presents TechTrek Boston: Definitive Healthcare

Get a chance to network with company executives, experience the Definitive Healthcare company culture, learn how they recruit talent, and get your questions answered!

As part of the Shea Center’s experiential learning initiatives and to complement other co-curricular activities, the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with TechTrek Boston and will be doing six visits throughout the first semester to tech and startup companies, offering students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

2:15 PM - Take bus to Definitive Healthcare. The bus leaves at 2:15, so please meet at Alumni Stadium prior to 2:15.
3:00 - 4:00 PM - Visit Definitive Healthcare.
4:00 - Bus back to campus.

Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot!

November 03

2:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Alumni Stadium

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Career Paths with Social Impact

Career Paths with Social Impact

Sponsored by the Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good Program and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship, this event will start with career and internship networking/information tables, where students will be able to speak to and learn from current BC students, BC alums, and industry leaders in non-profits, the public sector, corporate social responsibility, and social impact investing. This will be followed by a panel, moderated by Julianne Smith, Assistant Director at the Career Center, featuring Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs for the Boston Foundation, Gregg Croteau, Executive Director of UTEC, Rory Cuddyer, Chief of Staff for the Environmental Cabinet of the City of Boston, and Nick Propper, Global COO of Porter Novelli. Please come ready with questions! 

Light refreshments will be provided, and if you have any questions about the event please reach out to sheacenter@bc.edu. 

Register here to reserve your spot!

November 08

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Fulton Hall, Honors Library

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring David Cohen

Lunch with an Entrepreneur featuring David Cohen

Join us for lunch with David Cohen, CEO of Doc Wayne Youth Services!

Discuss David's journey as an entrepreneur, then network with David & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.

David manages and oversees the Doc Wayne Youth Services operation, while exploring ways to broaden the organization's reach to more youth on a national and global scale. With a niche in mental health and complex trauma, working with at-risk youth, he and his team have transformed the direction of Doc Wayne and are challenging the norm of traditional talk therapy through the power of sport. In his career of over 20 years in the business and non-profit sectors, he has specialized in developing new business, building partner relationships, and sharpening organizational outreach. David is a former college soccer player that has been deeply involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. He is also the founder of Playing It Forward, Inc., a non-profit that has provided sports equipment to over 30,000 disadvantaged children in 20 countries.

Under David's leadership, Doc Wayne was selected as the 2016 winner of Beyond Sports’ global Sport for Health Award as well the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Trust Inspiration Award. In 2015, Doc Wayne was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sports Award winner as an Influential Leader and Model For Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sport. In 2014, he was selected as a Social Innovator by Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum in the category of Breaking Down Barriers To Effective Mental Health Services. The organization was also selected as the 2014 Innovator of the Year by the Massachusetts Providers Council. David was selected as a Carmax Bright Side of Game Day Community Hero and in 2012 he was the Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP. David has a B.S. from Babson College and an M.B.A. from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Register here to reserve your spot!

November 09

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, Room 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

TechTrek@Shea: LogMeIn & Catalant Technologies

TechTrek@Shea: LogMeIn & Catalant Technologies

Get a chance to network with company executives, experience the LogMeIn and Catalant Technologies company culture, learn how they recruit talent, and get your questions answered!

As part of the Shea Center’s experiential learning initiatives and to complement other co-curricular activities, we will be doing six visits throughout the first semester to tech and startup companies, offering students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

2:15 PM - Take bus to Boston. The bus leaves at 2:15, so please meet at Alumni Stadium prior to 2:15.
3:00 - 4:00 PM - Visit LogMeIn.
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Visit Catalant Technologies.
5:00 ~ 6:00 PM - Bus back to campus.

Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot.

November 17

2:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Alumni Stadium

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

WIN End of Semester Dinner

WIN End of Semester Dinner

The evening will consist of keynote Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, CEO of HerCampus, as well as other notable BC alumni and guests. Students will enjoy free dinner, good conversations, and the chance to network with entrepreneurial women and men. 

November 30

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Room

Contact
bcwomeninnovators@gmail.com

TechTrek Boston: Wayfair & Drizly

TechTrek Boston: Wayfair & Drizly

Get a chance to network with company executives, experience the Wayfair & Drizly company culture, learn how they recruit talent, and get your questions answered!

As part of the Shea Center’s experiential learning initiatives and to complement other co-curricular activities, the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship has partnered with TechTrek Boston and will be doing six visits throughout the first semester to tech and startup companies, offering students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom.

2:15 PM - Take bus to Boston. The bus leaves at 2:15, so please meet at Alumni Stadium prior to 2:15.
3:00 - 3:55 PM - Visit Wayfair.
3:55 PM - Walk over to Drizly.
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Visit Drizly.
5:30 PM - Arrive back to campus.

Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot.

December 01

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Alumni Stadium

Contact
Kelsey Kinton (kelsey.kinton@bc.edu)

Lunch with an Entrepreneur: Nicken Zhu, Founder and CEO, Jan Finance International Group & Sherry Xie, Head of Overseas Education Services, Jan Finance

Lunch with an Entrepreneur: Nicken Zhu, Founder and CEO, Jan Finance International Group & Sherry Xie, Head of Overseas Education Services, Jan Finance

The Rise of Young Chinese Entrepreneurs

Join us for lunch with Nicken Zhu, Founder & CEO of Jan Finance International Group and Sherry Xie, Head of Overseas Education Services, Jan Finance. Participate in a discussion with Nicken & Sherry about their journey as young entrepreneurs and network with Nicken, Sherry and fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.  Lunch is provided by the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship.

Click here to reserve your spot.

About Nicken:
Nicked Zhu is the Founder and CEO of Jan Finance International Group (“Jan Finance”), the only professional international service company for elite Chinese families in Mainland China. Major customers are the owners and top executives of large Chinese companies. Jan Finance has subsidiaries in Hangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles and Boston. Prior to founding Jan Finance, Nicken was a Senior Relationship Manager at HSBC in Hangzhou. He is the four-time winner of the “National Top Gun” title in HSBC China, a member of HSBC Elite Club, two-time winner of “Personal Breakfast with HSBC’s CEO in China”, and three-time winner of the “HSBC East Region Best Annual Sales Award”. Nicked received Master of International Business and Master of Applied Finance degrees with distinction, from University of Newcastle.

About Sherry:
Sherry Xie is the Head of Overseas Education Services at Jan Finance. Sherry leads the efforts in development of overseas education services of Jan Finance. Prior to joining Jan Finance, Sherry had over 10 years of experience in transfer pricing and economic consulting at EY, Deloitte, and the Analysis Group. Sherry managed transfer pricing planning, documentation and competent authority negotiations for Fortune 500 companies in a wide array of industries. Sherry has extensive experience in transfer pricing projects involving business restructuring and intellectual property portfolios for multinational companies. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

December 07

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cushing Hall, 208

Contact
Kelsey Kinton; kintonk@bc.edu