Boston’s Start Ups Don’t Disappoint at MITEF’S Spotlight Event

Entrepreneurs, Innovation Posted Jun 23, 2015 by chenpr

It’s no secret that Boston is a rising star in producing innovative startups. The entrepreneurial community continues to thrive from the Innovation District to Downtown Crossing and across the Charles into Cambridge. CHEN attends as many startup competitions, showcases, and events as we can in order to keep our finger on the pulse of the hottest community in town. Last week we braved summer downpours to hit up the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall Square for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Start Up Spotlight. The event had no problem drawing in a larger crowd of local techies, execs and entrepreneurs anxious to see what some of Boston’s greatest minds are cooking up.MIT

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge did a great job of diversifying the types of companies showcasing their wares at the event. We saw everything from crowd-funded hedge funds from Quantopian to LED guitars from Ridgewing Guitars to an artificial pancreas from Admetsys. We even got to see some familiar faces from DASH, TVision Inisghts and Nonspec, three student founded companies that competed in last November’s MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s Beantown Throwdown. It was great to see how far these young companies have come in such a short time.

While not surprising, I most enjoyed speaking to the fashion-savvy fellows at Ministry of Supply, a fast-blossoming line of High-tech performance professional clothing for men. I was impressed by the technology used to create an innovative product. More than that, their understanding of what their target markets want, and how they go about filling an “unfillable” need was remarkable.

I see it every day in my office and walking around DTX. When it’s 85 degrees and humid outside, us ladies are able to wear a light and breezy sundress to keep cool; meanwhile we watch men suffer in button downs, slacks, and dreaded dress socks. The guys over at MOS finally said ENOUGH and have created a product that addresses everything from sweat to spill stains. I was really impressed by the line of products, the company mission and the men themselves fighting the good fight against pit stains and stinky feet. Little did I know that Ministry of Supply already had a running endorsement from CHEN’s Co-Founder and Pres, Chris Carleton, whose son Ben had been working in MOS’s flagship store on Newbury Street. Here they are at the store where Chris purchased the Apollo dress shirt.Ben Me MoS

Overall the Start Up Spotlight was a big hit, especially among the CHEN gang. We learned a lot about Boston’s up-and-comers and will definitely be on the lookout for continued growth and success from some of our favorite companies in the near future.