Golden Glory for a Great Cause: The 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Games

Golden Glory for a Great Cause: The 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Games

Boston’s tech professionals, CEOs, innovators, and investors all had a chance to relive their athletic glory days on the track, in the gym & dance studio, even on a towering inflatable obstacle course at olympic-style 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Games. Over 700 people, nearly twice as many participants as last year, raised $75,500 to benefit BUILD Boston's youth entrepreneurship programs.

Toss it like a Boss: 3rd Annual Baggo Tournament at fama PR

Toss it like a Boss: 3rd Annual Baggo Tournament at fama PR

Even though rolling fog and drizzle greeted us the morning of the 3rd Annual Innovation District Baggo Tournament, fama PR wasn’t going to let a little rain stand in the way of hosting a good time for a good cause. Friday’s ridiculously fun tournament involved teams of two (representing 30 great companies) alternately tossing beanbags, socializing, and enjoying cocktails & snacks, all to benefit YouthCITIES.

High Octane Bash Thursday: Entrepreneur Games & Boston Idea Week Go Out with a Bang

High Octane Bash Thursday: Entrepreneur Games & Boston Idea Week Go Out with a Bang

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. 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.

Why the next generation of leaders should care about inner cities

Why the next generation of leaders should care about inner cities

We are facing a precarious time in the outlook for many of our major cities.  Entrepreneurship is at an all time high, yet social mobility is at an all time low.  If our incoming generation of leaders does not embrace, understand, and put effort in to impacting this relationship, the trajectory of the innovation economy very well may stumble moving forward.

Sports + STEM at Foxboro

Eureka! On Saturday January 18th, 2014 Science from Scientists, a nonprofit within the our portfolio, partnered with Raytheon and The Hall to present a memorable science theater show.

Held at Patriots Place, the kids devised and demonstrated their very own experiments using movements from sports combined with the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For example, students analyzed the trajectory of throwing a football and identified key factors imperative toward improving the speed of olympic bobsledders, among other adventures.

Watch the video below to see the kids performing these ingenious experiments:

click image to watch news segment, courtesy of NESN

 

At the end of the 18 week challenge, these students will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show what they’ve learned in front of live judges, including one of New England's best judges of talent and potential: Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. 

Science from Scientists inspires and motivates youth to embrace STEM fields through exciting, informative and engaging training by practicing scientists. (Great to see that they are open to throwing the occasional football and bobsledding too!)

Go ahead and stay connected to future Science from Scientists events by liking their Facebook Page.

 

TUGGing At The Heart: "Honestly & truly, you're a good inspiration"

TUGG was founded in 2009 to show the world that the tech community does, contrary to urban legend, love to give back. On October 10th, 2013 the Boston tech community came out in full force for our Third Annual Tech Gives Back Day of Service. Not only did 53 amazing sponsors step up, over 1,000 techies rolled up their sleeves and dug into projects at 27 locations throughout Boston.  By the end of the day, over 5,000 hours of volunteer work left Beantown nonprofits a little better off and $75,000 was allocated to give six amazing new nonprofits the chance to grow (see a full recap of the day here).

THE (UNEXPECTED) GIFT: While the day of service left everyone feeling great, the gift we received last week reiterated just how valuable your contributions are.  When we came back to the offices after the holidays we found a fat manila envelope on our desks, full of thank you letters from the children at the Mason Pilot Elementary School in Roxbury. Page after page, their gratitude spilled out in colorful pictures and adorable heartwarming thanks.

“Before it looked like a mess, but now it looks like I’m in heaven. I appreciate your work. It looks like my first day of school, all bright and shiny and new.”

-K.C.

“When I get outside and see the mulch it makes me feel happy. And it makes me feel like we have the best school in Boston. We should have a jubilee for the volunteers and the school.”

-F.J.

“Thank you for painting our school. To me it looks like Heinz Field where the Chicago Bears play which is a dream come true.”

-A.E.

“Also, with putting new mulch around trees, our school never look so bright. Plus the volunteer work was straight from the heart. I really appreciate, what you did. At first I thought this school was ordinary. Last it touches my heart that you care. Now I think this school is very unique.”

-C.R.

This is truly a testament to the great work this community does and exactly how much good the ecosystem can create when we come together.  Click through and enjoy all the letters below: 


Were you part of Tech Gives Back? See if you can't find yourself in action on Facebook & tag yourself!  

Couldn’t make it this time? Join us on March 13 for our 8th Annual Wine & Tequila Party when the crowd will decide how to allocate a large pool of cash among six TUGG-certified non-profitsSee you there!


Recap: TUGG Spartan Race

We loved hosting the Spartan Race to benefit TUGG on Saturday, November 16 at Fenway because not only did we challenge the whole tech community to support social entrepreneurship - as we always do - we also put a challenge out there for the athletes among us to push themselves to their limits.