Bootcamp Spring 2017: Seen and Heard
January 23, 2017
On Saturday, students got a crash course in entrepreneurship from industry experts at our Spring 2017 Bootcamp. In addition to getting a run down from Assistant Director Greg Affsa on the many ways the Accelerate Startup Challenge can jump start a student’s idea, they also heard from the following professionals. Take a look at some of their most valuable takeaways.
“Prototype, prototype, prototype. You should be prototyping from the idea stage. It’s a continuous process and helps reveal pain points in your design.” – Kat Ely, Principal Designer & Founder, CLEAR design lab
“In marketing, use images that explain exactly what your product does. If it’s flexible, show it in a photo. People don’t like to read long descriptions.” – Kat Ely, Principal Designer & Founder, CLEAR design lab
“In general, people don’t invest in ideas, they invest in people. Build a network around you as soon as possible to bring your innovation to.” – Jason Abrahams, Director of Strategic Revenue, CarGurus
“Focus on trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing. You’re solving the right problem.” – Jason Abrahams, Director of Strategic Revenue, CarGurus
“Teams are interdependent, it’s important to get to know each other’s story. It builds rapport and trust.” – Dishon Mills, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
“Culture governs how decisions get made, how you communicate decisions. It’s the glue that holds everything together.” – Dishon Mills, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
“Every problem has a solution, it’s a matter of how hard you want to work.” – Dan Lawless, CEO & Founder, Portlet Power Inc.
“It’s not necessarily how much you get paid, it’s about the knowledge you gain from the experience, especially in the beginning.” – Dan Lawless, CEO & Founder, Portlet Power, Inc.
October 18, 2019—In his Oct. 18 address, Thompson highlighted four key focus areas for the university and said strategic planning and progress will demand equal participation from all sectors of the Wentworth community.
September 5, 2019—Beginning in the fall 2020, high school students will have the choice to submit or not submit SAT or ACT scores when applying to the university.
August 18, 2019—“You are equipped with everything you need to understand and help solve the complex problems of the day and of the future,” Thompson said. “Be intentional about it. Be purposeful about it. Give the world the benefit of your full creative capabilities. It is a world that greatly needs you!”