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April’s Top Startup Events: From TechCrunch to Energybar

The startup community has a lot going on this April! Check out the incredible events that founders, startup leaders, mentors, students, startup curious folks, and startup employees can partake in.

The Boston and New England startup community is offering events from TechCrunch, MassChallenge, Greentown Labs and many more organizations. These events are providing opportunities to network and learn from the startup community.

Check them out below and don’t forget to visit our Event Calendar daily (favorite that tab!) to stay-up-to-date on what’s moving and shaking in the startup community so you never miss another networking event or learning opportunity.

Fellowship for Female Founders Info Session

Date: Monday, April 3rd from 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Location: Virtual; click here for more information

Price: Free

The Fellowship for Female Founders by The Capital Network is a FREE six-month Fellowship program designed for first-time female founders of early-stage scalable startups looking to raise their first outside capital. It gives female founders access to a robust curriculum of fundraising workshops, a supportive network of investors/mentors/entrepreneurs, and peer support to build fundraising confidence and readiness. Applications close on April 10th. Join this virtual info session to learn more about what you can expect from the 6-month Fellowship & beyond, get tips on how to apply, and get your questions answered!


April Community Table

Date: Thursday, April 6th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Location: Virtual; click here for more information

Price: Free

Branchfood’s Community Table is for food founders, industry experts and leaders to connect and exchange ideas, insights and resources. Tune into this monthly roundtable discussion to leverage the collective knowledge of the inspiring food community and crowdsource the information you need to support the development of your business and achieve your innovation goals.


How to Prepare Your Venture for Financing

Date: Thursday, April 6th at 12:00pm ET

Location: Virtual; click here for more information

Price: Free

Webinar event with Savvi Legal led by Prepare 4 VC, Boston New Technology and Startup Grind Boston. Workshop leader Dan Roberts is the co-founder and CEO at Savvi Legal. Savvi is a lifecycle legal and financing platform that enables founders to complete legal documents, filings, and due diligence in one place. In addition, Savvi provides a curated partner network of attorneys and other back-office providers who specialize in startups on the fundraising path.

Canary Live Boston

Date: Thursday, April 6th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Location: Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA; click here for more information

Price: $49

Join the Boston climate community for an evening of expert insights, networking, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Listen to the leading voice in clean energy podcasting, Stephen Lacey, will record a live episode of The Carbon Copy with some very special guests. Then experienced New England reporters will dig into a discussion on the efforts to decarbonize across New England. We will celebrate the 2nd birthday for Canary! And you will have time for socializing and networking over food and drink.


Coffee Networking with Boston Entrepreneurs

Date: Thursday, April 13th from 10:00am - 12:00pm ET

Location: District Hall, Boston, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

Innovation Studios is hosting this free coffee mixer to help you stay connected with the Boston entrepreneur community and their organization. All are welcomed - mentors, innovators, entrepreneurs, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs - to share resources, thoughts, ideas and ask questions.

Boston Small Business Expo 2023

Date: Thursday, April 13th from 10:00am - 5:00pm ET

Location: The Westin Boston Seaport, Boston, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free - $300

Small Business Expo is America's Largest Business to Business Trade Show, Conference & Networking Event for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups. Attend business-critical workshops led by leading Small Business Industry Experts, shop from innovative vendors that help small businesses grow and network to build important new business relationships. Small Business Expo is the Event to take strategic action to immediately improve and grow your Small Business.

Startup Spring By Prepare4VC

Dates: April 17th - 21st

Location: Various locations, Boston, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

Startup Spring is a summit powered by Prepare4VC that surrounds the TechCrunch Early Stage Conference on April 20th (see below). Choose from a wide variety of different events including entrepreneurial gatherings, showcase events/spotlights, ecosystem tours and fun activities, we’re confident that this week will offer a ton of value for locals and curious travelers alike


TechCrunch Early Stage 2023

Date: Thursday, April 20th from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm ET

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA; click here for more information

Price: from $99 for student founders

This TechCrunch one-day event is a summit for founderse. You'll get actionable advice and takeaways from top experts, meet other entrepreneurs taking similar journeys, share your own experiences and build the confidence to take the next steps towards growing your business.

MassChallenge 2023 FinTech Mid-Program Mixer

Date: Thursday, April 20th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET

Location: MassChallenge HQ, Boston, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

MassChallenge FinTech accelerates outcomes-driven partnerships between startups and enterprises to fuel innovation across banking, insurance, asset management, and other financial sectors. Meet and network with successful FinTech entrepreneurs, Community and Challenge Partners, FinTech Mentors, Experts, Judges and Alumni, and others from the MassChallenge and New England FinTech ecosystem, whilst enjoying light refreshments and snacks at their Boston Office.


ENERGYBAR: Where Art & ClimateTech Meet

Date: Thursday, April 20th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

Location: Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

How can art propel forward conversation and engagement around preserving planet Earth? EnergyBar is Greentown Labs’ signature networking event that fosters conversation and collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, students, neighbors, and other climate champions passionate about innovations in climatetech and the energy transition. Greentown Labs, Boston Ballet, and the Netherlands Innovation Network are delighted to present an immersive dance experience with Boston Ballet’s ÜNI, a multimedia pop-up experience dome!

Boston Tech Career Fair

Date: Friday, April 21st from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Location: Virtual; click here for more information

Price: Free

Tech Career Fair brings together our hiring partners from fast growing startups and Fortune 500 companies in technology. There will be a focus on helping companies achieve their diversity and inclusivity initiative with more diverse candidates to their talent pool. Available roles include Software Engineering, Product Management, Data Scientists, AI/Machine Learning Engineers, Data Analysts, UI/UX Design, Marketing, Sales.


2023 Digital Equity Challenge GITAL

Date: Wednesday, April 26th from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Location: UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Haverhill, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

Go out to the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub to support and learn from six entrepreneurial finalists who will present their solutions around one of three target areas in efforts to increase digital equity: Racial Inequities in Digital Access, Access to Devices, and Digital Literacy. Teams will vie for a share of $10,000 in cash prizes to launch their ventures!

Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering

Date: Weekly on Thursdays from 4:30 pm - 7:30pm ET

Location: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Cambridge, MA; click here for more information

Price: Free

Venture Café Cambridge provides the connective tissue to uncover and link various parts of an innovation ecosystem, amplifying the work of partners and convening the local community. Each week they connect creators, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, corporates, students and visionaries to build strong, inclusive, equitable innovation ecosystems in cities throughout the world. They believe that meaningful ideas and big changes are sparked when spontaneity collides with intention.

Check out our full event calendar right here to stay in tune with the Boston startup community. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for monthly updates, use the form directly below.

About the Author - Sharon Unis is the Founder and CEO of Waterbear Planet, helping companies fortify their teams with research-based ways to melt stress, drive engagement and tame burnout.


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