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March’s Top Startup Events: Supporting Women’s History Month

Can you feel the chill in the air start to subside? Spring is just around the corner — and with the (hopefully) warmer temperatures this month of March comes a host of exciting startup-related events in Boston. Here are some highlights:

On March 1, Babson College in Wellesley will host the “ultimate gathering of entrepreneurial leaders from around the world” at its GEL (Global Entrepreneurship Leadership) Forum 2024. The all-day event features workshops, keynote speakers, and discussions centered around the theme of “Metamorphosis: Driving Change, Creating Impact.” Tickets are available via Eventbrite

Hit the slopes on March 6th (for the 3IP Ski Hooky Day) and/or on March 12 (for the “Pitch Peak” event in Vermont) to network, learn, and enjoy some of the finest apres-ski startup-related discussion in New England.

March is Women’s History Month; celebrate the impact of women in the startup community at the Women Accelerator’s Fundraiser 2024 She-Rise Gala at the Jade restaurant in Lowell on Thursday, March 21, and hear from women and non-binary tech founders at the Transcending Glass Breakfast at 100 High Street in Boston on March 19. 


Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Forum 2024

Date: Friday, March 1, all day

Location: Babson College, Wellesley, MA; Register here

Babson College hosts the GEL (Global Entrepreneurship Leadership) Forum 2024 on its campus, with a focus on the theme of “Metamorphosis: Driving Change, Creating Impact.” The all-day event features interactive workshops, guest speakers, and panel discussions across four sessions. 

MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Business Conference

Date: Sunday, March 3rd, all day

Location: Harvard Business School, Boston; Register here

From one college to another, Harvard Business School’s MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Club will host its annual MENA Business Conference on March 3rd. The Conference features an all-star roster of speakers covering a wide range of business topics related to that growing global region. 

3iP Ski Hooky Day

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 10:30am — 5pm ET

Location: Mount Sunapee, NH; Register here

How’s this for a typical New England winter event: grab your gear and head out to Mount Sunapee for the annual “Three Interesting People Ski Hooky Day.” The event promises plenty of ski time along with opportunities to “drink hot chocolate with entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters from all over New England.” 

Lab of the Future USA Congress

Date: Monday and Tuesday, March 1th and 12th, all day

Location: Park Plaza, Boston; Register here

Take a deep dive into the future of the global life sciences business community at the Lab of the Future USA Congress at the Park Plaza in Boston. This high-profile event boasts a roster of speakers from some of the world’s biggest life sciences companies, along with breakout work sessions and “live lab” participation.

Pitch Peak

Date: Thursday, March 12, 8am — 2pm ET

Location: Sugarbush Resort, Warren, VT; Register here

Talk about a cool event — the annual “Pitch Peak” event at Vermont’s fabled Sugarbush Resort matches up entrepreneurs with investors for a “chairlift pitch.” If things don’t go your way with the investment pitch? Well, there’s always a fun day on the slopes to enjoy. 

Boston’s Biggest Business, Tech, & Entrepreneur Networking Soiree

Date: Monday, March 18, 6:30pm — 8:30pm ET

Location: Scholars, Boston, MA; Register here

Hoist a pint at the downtown hot spot called Scholars in the “Boston’s Biggest Business, Tech, & Entrepreneur Networking Soiree.” It’s a perfect post-work networking opportunity. 

Transcending Glass Breakfast

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 9am — 10:30am ET

Location: 100 High Street, Boston, MA; Register here

Hear from leading female and non-binary tech founders at the Transcending Glass Breakfast at 100 High Street in Boston; produced by the Transcending Glass non-profit and Fidelity for Startups, the event features “breakfast, conversation, and networking.” 

2024 She-Rise Gala

Date: Thursday, March 21, 5:30pm — 8:30pm ET

Location: Jade Lowell, Lowell, MA; Register here

Celebrate Women’s History Month in March at the 2024 She-Rise Gala (“dinner, drinks, and some fun”) at the Jade restaurant in Lowell, MA on March 21. The event features a presentation from guest speaker Kim Meninger entitled “Women Walking the Tightrope.”

Babson Accelerator’s Club’s Pitch Competition

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 4pm — 8pm ET

Location: Knight Auditorium, Babson College, Wellesley, MA; Register here

Get your pitches out (just in time for opening day). The Babson Accelerator’s Club’s 7th Annual Pitch Competition kicks off at Babson’s Knight Auditorium, featuring 14 selected startups and prizes up to $100,000.

2024 Eddies — Innovation Session

Date: Thursday, March 28, 12pm — 1pm ET

Location: Online event; Register here

Interested in applying for the prestigious Eddie Awards — honoring innovations and innovators in Massachusetts? Learn more about the program in this virtual session. A note about the awards, from the site: “The Eddies are open to Massachusetts-based startups (not exceeding 150 employees), with a working prototype of a ground-breaking product or technology, who have not yet received Series C -or equivalent funding.”

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About the Author: Michael Nadeau is an experienced marketing and communications professional and longtime freelance writer, covering just about all industries and mediums. You can connect with him here.


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