The School’s 60 students pitched to attendees from 82 companies today as part of the second Student Exposé, sharing their minute-long stories on who they are, where they came from and why they were eager to join the city’s entrepreneurially-minded ecosystem.
“I’m incredibly proud to introduce these 60 amazing individuals,” said Boston Startup School Co-Founder and CEO Aaron O’Hearn, before the class went up to pitch. “These guys just started out as individuals, but now they’re a cohesive team.”
Students were split into four tracks: Product Design, Software Development, Marketing and Sales & Business Development. Over the course of six weeks, they went through a series of workshops, all to learn what it takes to work at an early-stage startup.
TechStars Boston Managing Director Katie Rae kicked off the Exposé by reminding the crowd why she decided to start the School with O’Hearn and Project 11 Managing Director Reed Sturtevant in the first place. Too often, they were hearing TechStars companies say, “We don’t have enough young talent.” Or, “The young talent we do have don’t know what to do when they arrive, so we’re afraid to hire them.”
“We knew we could teach people what it takes to work at an early-stage startup,” Rae said. “The first session went really well. We thought, ‘This experiment worked, let’s try another one.’” She followed up by admitting, “A bunch of these students quit, likely, cush jobs and decided to change their lives.”
Ben Snow confirmed Rae’s assumptions, saying in his pitch, “At the age of 38, I’ve been given the gift of rebirth.”
The first Boston Startup School class claimed the program changed their lives during this summer’s Exposé. Yet, fellow Co-Founder and Dean of Students Shaun Johnson admitted, “To see it before, ‘This must be luck.’ But to do it again; it was a team effort.”
Rae claimed cities from around the country have been approaching Boston Startup School, asking, “Hey, can you do that here?” And while the team considers how they can manage that, O’Hearn said they will be hosting a third session come February.
As Johnson says, “I think this is just the beginning of relationships, hiring opportunities and fire power for Boston.”
And we can’t help but agree.
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