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April’s Top Startup Events: From Cofounder Matching to Women’s Events

Updated: Apr 19

Can you feel the warmth in the air yet? Spring might just be here — and with the (hopefully) warmer temperatures this month of April comes a host of exciting startup-related events in Boston. Here are some highlights:

Data away as the Data Engineering Summit kicks off on April 23! The three-day event will connect and expand the knowledge of beginners to seasoned professionals. Experts, professionals, and tech enthusiasts can discover the latest trends and best practices in data engineering, machine learning, Data Integration and Pipelines, and so much more.

What is the state of possible? You can find out at the MassBio: State of Possible Conference taking place April 24. This year’s theme is “Meeting the Moment” where progress is being made on longtime unmet medical needs such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and sickle cell; and biotechs and biopharma companies continue to deliver for patients despite unprecedented attacks on innovation. MassBio plans to meet the moment as they have tackled past inflection points: together as a community.

If you're navigating the initial stages of scaling your company, grappling with product monetization strategies, or seeking resources to transform your idea into a real business, TechCrunch Early Stage in Boston is the place to be on April 25. Gain essential insights to chart your path forward and tap into the foundational knowledge and vibrant community of founders and builders, who can help propel you towards entrepreneurial success.

April Startup Events

Navigating the Intellectual Property Landscape

DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 4:30 PM — 6 PM ET

LOCATION: 238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA; Register Here

The speakers will be Mike Ward, Meghan Poon, and Jillian Pesin-Fulop will discuss how to navigate the IP landscape. Please join Morrison Foerster and Bayer Co.Lab for a four-part series exploring the legal aspects of startup entrepreneurship in the life sciences space. Sessions will be held at Bayer’s Co.Lab in Cambridge, providing an ideal environment for early-stage life sciences entrepreneurs to network and ideate.

Beyond VC Funding: Alternative Fundraising Methods

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 9 AM — 10 PM ET

LOCATION: Virtual; Register Here

Are you a startup founder seeking capital but curious if there are other methods, outside of the traditional venture capital route, that could be a good fit for you? Join Startup Boston and City of Boston as we delve into alternative fundraising methods that can fuel your startup's growth without relying solely on venture capital.

Global Lab Venture Demo Day

DATE: Friday, April 5, 5 PM — 8 PM ET

LOCATION: 55 Court Street Floor 2, Boston, MA; Register Here

Join us at Venture Lane for the Global Venture Labs Demo Day, a premier event showcasing cutting-edge projects and startups led by international student founders. This dynamic day will not only highlight these ambitious entrepreneurs as they present their ventures to an audience of investors, industry experts, and fellow innovators but will also feature a pitch competition with multiple prizes.  

Startup Boston’s Cofounder Matching

DATE: Monday, April 8, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET 

LOCATION: to be shared with approved registrations; Request Your Invite Here

create new relationships and get one step closer to finding that critical business partner you need on your team. This event is perfect for you i​If you have a startup idea and are currently looking for a partner-in-crime to help you start or grow a startup AND if you do not have a startup idea but are looking to join someone at the ground floor.

Interview Prep Workshop

DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 7 PM — 8:30 PM ET

LOCATION: Online Event; Register Here

Need to sharpen your interview skills? Join NSBE Boston Professionals at its Interview Prep Workshop and get live feedback on your skills! 

Business and Wellness — Finding the Balance

DATE: Thursday, April 11, 5:30 PM — 8 PM ET

LOCATION:110 Canal Street, Lowell, MA; Register Here

Learn wellness techniques from Kara Danas and essential business strategies from Steve DeVries to help you thrive in the workforce. This program is perfect for entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, or anyone looking to get ahead. Use code IHUB50 for 50% off tickets

April Boston Networking Event w/ Mass Professional Networking

DATE: Tuesday, April 16, 6 PM — 8 PM ET

LOCATION: 240 Tremont Street, Boston, MA; Register Here

Mass Professional Networking would like to invite you to our April Boston Business Networking & Social Event at Moxy Hotel at the Rooftop Terrace in Boston, MA from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on April 16th, 2024. All professionals are welcome whether you are simply working on building your network, looking for business leads, looking for a new job or just like to meet people.

Data Engineering Summit | ODSC East 2024

DATE: Monday, April 23 at 9 AM ET through Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 PM ET

LOCATION: 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA; Register Here

This exciting event brings together experts, professionals, and enthusiasts in data engineering. Get ready for two days filled with insightful talks and valuable networking opportunities. Discover the latest trends, techniques, and tools in data engineering from leading experts, practitioners, and core contributors.

MassBio: State of Possible Conference

DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 9 AM — 6:15 PM ET

LOCATION: Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA; Register Here

Attendees from the lab to the c-suite will experience engaging panel discussions on surviving biotech’s choppy waters and rewriting what is possible in science, a fireside chat on state and federal affairs, an inspiring keynote from 3x Super Bowl champion and sickle cell disease advocate Devin McCourty, and ample time for networking, partnering, and celebrating.  

Women Supporting Women: Navigating Entrepreneurship as a Female Founder

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM ET 

LOCATION: CIC Cambridge & Virtual; Register Here

Join Startup Boston, Center for Women & Enterprise and WomenX Innovators for an inspiring and informative panel, delving into the practical actions female founders can take to uplift one another and foster success in the entrepreneurial landscape.

TechCrunch Early Stage 2024

DATE: Thursday, April 25, 7:30 AM — 5:30 PM ET

LOCATION: SOWA Power Station, 550 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA; Register Here

TechCrunch's founder summit empowers early-stage entrepreneurs, from pre-seed to growth stages, on their journey to success. Delve into actionable advice and insights from top experts, tailored not only for those with ideas but also for those ready to scale.  Whether you're just starting out or aiming to take your venture to new heights, this one-day event is your essential guide to success and growth.

Techstars Startup Weekend

DATE: Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28 

LOCATION: Harvard iLab; Register Here

Come to make connections and take a startup from idea to business plan or MVP over the course of 54 hours.

Women in Business

DATE: Friday, April 26, 6 PM — 9 PM ET

LOCATION: TBD; Register Here

Get ready for an extraordinary evening at Northeastern University with our "Women in Business" Networking Event, a cornerstone of our partnership with This isn't just an event; it's a celebration of female entrepreneurship, designed to inspire, connect, and energize.

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, using the form directly below.

Nicholas Ewing is a graduating senior from UMass Lowell who majored in Business Administration: International Business. You can connect with him here

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