Gentoo Places Third at Beantown Throwdown

November 19, 2014

Ben Nadeau and Greg Affsa with Gentoo vest

Ben Nadeau (left) and Greg Affsa with the Gentoo vest

Gentoo, a team that earned funding at the Accelerate Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center’s Pitchfest in 2012, captured third place in the Nov. 18 Beantown Throwdown event, a showcase of entrepreneurial students from nine area schools.

Organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum, Beantown Throwdown allows various student entrepreneurs to pitch their respective ideas to an audience of their peers. Each team has three minutes to push their ideas, with the top three teams awarded prizes.

Greg Affsa, BIND ’15, presented Gentoo’s innovative products, which are changing the way people receive outpatient treatments. Ben Nadeau, BELM ’13, is the team’s other member.

Audience members voted after the conclusion of the pitches. Gentoo, for placing third, will receive $5,000 in free legal services and a public relations connection with BostInno.

Other schools competing included Babson, Berklee, Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and UMass Lowell. The Boston University team took first prize for their app Downtyme, which helps people find more social time. UMass Lowell captured second place for Nonspec, which develops prosthetics for developing nations.

The evening began with a panel discussion, moderated by Boston Globe Innovation Economy columnist Scott Kirsner, featuring Tom Coburn, CEO of Jebbit; Dip Patel, co-founder and CEO of last year’s winner, ecoVent; and Katie Rae, managing director for TechStars Boston and Project 11.

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