Over 600 of Boston’s energetic entrepreneurs, active investors, passionate community innovators, and amped-up spectators will gather this Thursday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center as TUGG helps to host The 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Games. Athletes and gamesters will compete for the gold in 32 different events ranging from the traditional 200 meter dash and long jump, to the less conventional titles for best in Dance Dance Revolution, Speed Quarters, Nerf Gun Shooting, and the Limbo.
“It's going to be an amazing event. We're so excited to have such a strong showing of entrepreneurs, investors, and community supporters from over 150 companies,” said Sasha Hoffman, EGames Event Chair, BUILD Board Member, and Head of Business Development for Plastiq. “In only our second year hosting the games, we've raised nearly double the amount of money ($80k), we have double the number of participants (700), and double the number of gaming events (32).”
In addition to food, beer, photo stations, music, and live performances, the Entrepreneur Games will directly benefit BUILD Boston: a nonprofit organization that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disadvantaged, disengaged students through high school and onto collegiate success. BUILD’s participating students develop their own business ideas, write business plans, pitch to funders, and launch real businesses here in Boston. The organization’s educational programs emphasize learning by experience, and it’s working; BUILD’s participating students are boasting a current 99% rate of college acceptance.
"The games are not your typical fundraiser,” Hoffman added. “We really foster team building and spark a competitive fire with everyone involved. Yes, it's for a great cause. But, it's also just an extremely energetic event, and a ton of fun. Where else do you get to ride an inflatable pony and win a trophy for it?"
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Still can't visualize the fun-potential? Check out this sweet video from last year's Games.
As if competitive darts, bouncy obstacles courses, and mini golf weren’t enough of a reason to get out of the office on Thursday, June 19 also marks the climactic end of Boston’s Idea Week, which means a huge party is afoot.
Boston Idea Week 2014 (June 11-19) has served as an umbrella platform to spotlight Beantown as a hub for innovation and creativity. Kristin Phalen, one of BIW's organizers and planners, emphasized that teamwork has really been the key to making this week's events such a success. "Working collaboratively with Mayor Walsh's Office, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, MassDOT, MassChallenge, MBTA, Onein3 Boston, and our other amazing partners has been incredible--it's just an awesome vibe." Over the course of eight days, in various locations across the city, Bostonians and visitors experienced interactive exhibits, intelligent forums, and fun activities, all working to highlight our city’s robust entrepreneurial economy.
To celebrate this week’s successful idea labs, medical hacks, drones, and of course the Entrepreneur Games, TUGG has teamed up with Idea Week and Future Boston Alliance to host the Ideas Never End: Boston Idea Week Closing Party. Donations from the event will support BUILD Boston's youth entrepreneurship programs. Other generous contributors and dedicated partners include Above Summit, Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), CO Everywhere, Careinnovators, ZipCar, Central Wharf CO., Design Museum Boston, Granary Tavern, Gilbane Building Company, Fundraise.com, IdeaPaint, Party by Design, MMB, OAI, Samuel Adams, Wayfair, and more.
TUGG's Executive Director David Brown is enthusiastically optimistic about the community's positive response to this week's events, and the philanthropy behind them. "These two events are exactly the type of innovation TUGG looks to partner with and support--community builders that give back to great causes," Brown said. "We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of both."
The Closing Party is free for anyone to attend (but you’ll need to register here for tickets to enter. This shindig kicks off at 7pm, right inside Courthouse Station. The MBTA stop will be transformed into a funky event space where you can bust your best moves to live hip-hop, reggae, and soul brought to you by MC Kabir & members of Dub Down. Time and space are limited though! Register for tickets ASAP.