Leading alumni returned to the Heights—both virtually and in-person—for the recent Tech & Entrepreneurship Fair hosted by the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship and its student executive council, Start@Shea

Twenty-three companies attended with the hopes of recruiting summer interns or new employees, among them big-name brands like Oracle and Snapchat. Also on hand were several alumni-founded start-ups: ColdSnap, Candor, GiveCard, and Frenalytics.

This two-day event, which took place on March 24 and 25, included a series of virtual information sessions and an in-person networking brunch at the new Integrated Science Center at 245 Beacon Street. Company leaders gave brief information sessions on their office culture and the types of roles available, and then students were encouraged to ask questions. Students also had the opportunity to attend “Coffee Chats.” Similar to an informational interview, these one-on-one, 15-minute sessions allowed participants to make a stronger impression on recruiters by discussing their personal experiences and skills.

In attendance were more than 175 students, mainly from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management. Leading up to the Tech & Entrepreneurship Fair, Start@Shea hosted a series of workshops to help students prepare, covering topics like networking, interviewing, resume writing, and cold emailing.

Some of the notable alumni representatives present at the event included Cory Munchbach (MCAS ‘09), president and COO of BlueConic; Matthew Giovanniello (CSOM ‘18), founder of Frenalytics; Kelsey Bishop (CSOM ‘18), founder of Candor; and Peter Bell (CSOM ‘86), chairman of Amity Ventures.

In other Shea Center news, Accelerate@Shea’s Demo Day, where 12 student founders presented their companies, took place on April 6. Coming up is the Strakosch Venture Competition, an annual business plan contest with cash prizes of up to $10,000 for the winning team, on April 25.

Laura Davis is the Content Development Specialist at the Carroll School of Management