Starting this week, we'll be bringing you The Week Ahead on Fridays so you can actually plan your calendar a week ahead! In this edition of our curated event list, we're building businesses, launching products, and kicking off the festivities of December in some very cool spaces. Keep reading and find out our top picks for The Week Ahead!
Climate Action Plan Community Kickoff Meeting
Who: City of Boston
What: Informational kickoff meeting leading into the 2014 Climate Action Plan update
When: 12/09/13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: 62 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
Why: Learn about the coming update to the Climate Action Plan, and find out how to participate in the engagement process. Help the City of Boston achieve their vision of a healthier, safer, cleaner, and more sustainable city through the strength of community.
Raising Your First Round of Funding
Who: Rough Draft Ventures
What: Panel discussion on raising funds for startups
When: 12/09/13, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 1 Broadway, 15th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 (KPMG at the CIC)
Why: Get insiders' perspectives on the challenges of raising funds for a startup. Panel includes representatives from startups that have successfully raised money as well as active venture capitalists and investors. Food and drinks to satisfy your hunger, stimulating conversation to satisfy your hunger for answers.
Building a Successful SaaS Business
What: Deep dive into building a successful Software as a Service business
When: 12/10/13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 290 Congress Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02210 (Communispace)
Why: Hear from the CEOs of Objective Logistics, Logentries, and Backupify as they dish on their success and discuss their challenges in raising funds and scaling their own SaaS businesses. Get a look at the excellent Communispace HQ.
Mass Innovation Nights - MIN57
Who: Mass Innovation Nights
What: Monthly product launch event showcasing 10 new companies
When: 12/11/13, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: 180 Old Colony Avenue, Suite 300, Quincy, MA 02170 (Quincy Innovation Center)
Why: Visit the newly launched Quincy Innovation Center and learn about ten innovative companies as they launch new products and services. This month's launches include a plow network just in time for winter, a community marketplace, and mobile youth centers.
Boston CMGR Meetup
Who: Boston Community Managers
What: Opportunity for community managers to network and share success cases
When: 12/11/13, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: 60 South Street #910, Boston, MA (Sermo, Inc)
Why: Join other community managers from the Greater Boston area to discuss best practices when it comes to measuring success. Food, networking, panel discussion and Q+A, all held in Sermo's Boston office.
Boston December Demo Night
Who: New York Gaming Meetup
What: Night of new game demos from Boston game companies
When: 12/12/13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 02142 (Microsoft)
Why: Dig in for pizza, a handful of game demos, and a networking afterparty with game developers, designers, investors, and creatives. Don't miss Autodesk giving an overview of their new 3D animation and modeling tool, Autodesk Maya LT.
Oficio Winter 2013 Art Reception
What: Solo installation from Boston artist Andy Klein
When: 12/12/13, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: 30 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116 (Oficio)
Why: Meet artist Andy Klein and get a look at his recent work before he embarks on his next journey. Enjoy networking with music, food, and drinks. Check out Oficio's shared office and coworking space in Boston's Back Bay.
Yesware Holiday Party
What: Networking and Holiday party at Yesware
When: 12/12/13, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: 75 Kneeland Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02205
Why: Get a tour of the new Yesware office space on the corner of Boston's Chinatown and Leather District. How can you say no to refreshments, general merriment, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest?
MIT Clean Energy Prize Kickoff
Who: MIT Clean Energy Prize
What: Introduction and launch to the 2014 MIT Clean Energy Prize Competition
When: 12/13/13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 1 Financial Center, Top Floor, Boston, MA 02110 (Mintz Levin)
Why: Meet the organizers of the competition along with past and future participants. Learn more about worldwide energy challenges and how they're being addressed by competitors and other organizations, including NSTAR and the US Department of Energy.
Jason, for the team at Kendall Press