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TiE Boston Selects Winner in it’s 2021 Women Pitch Competition!

 

TiE Boston announces winners of the highly anticipated TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition:

 
First Place: Amrita Saigal, Founder and CEO of Kudos
Second Place: Alicia Tulsee, Founder and CEO of Moxie Apparel 
Third Place: Bryanne Leeming, Founder and CEO of Unruly Studios
Social Entrepreneurship Prize: Shriya Srinivasan, Founder Project Prana 

Sep 16, 2021

Boston, MA

 

During an exciting and action packed evening, TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition gave the floor to seven female founders/co-founders to pitch for a chance to compete for $100K equity free money. For the winner, Amrita Saigal Founder and CEO of Kudos, TiE Boston’s competition will prove as just one stop in the road map to compete in the TiE Women Global Pitch Competition at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.

 

The event opened with remarks from Keynote Speaker Desh Despande, Life Member - MIT Corporation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Deshpande encouraged the Founders to stay optimistic, dig into the capabilities that will serve you the rest of your life. 

 

Each Founder/Co-Founder took the floor to deliver a concise pitch, attempting to appeal to Judges Nilanjana Bhowmik, Co Founder & General Partner Converge, Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures, and Rama Ramakrishnan, Professor of the Practice at MIT Sloan School of Management and serial entrepreneur. The semi- finalists fielded tough questions to paint a full picture of their startups. From dollar opportunity to exit strategies the Founders/Co-Founders were put in the hot seat for Q&A after every pitch to ensure the judges were capable of making a calculated and informed decision in selecting the winner. 

 

This year’s winner, Amrita Saigal Founder and CEO of Kudos touts the first disposable, plant based baby diapers with 100% cotton liners to hit the market and has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and Red Tricycle. "I am honored to be selected for this award and I am deeply grateful to TIE for their support of women entrepreneurs. Every presentation was exceptional and I look forward to following the entrepreneurial journeys of other founders as well. The Kudos team promises to put this prize money to good use as we expand our vision to bring genuine advances in sustainability to baby diapers,” said Saigal.

 

Second place winner was Alicia Tulsee, founder and CEO, Moxie Apparel, a company that is disrupting the $12B medical apparel market as the first D2C brand for nurses. “The comradery felt in the TiE community is a strong one. Amrita, Bryanne and I connected on Linkedin with each other during the event having never met. We made plans right then and there to get together, before the winners were announced! What a delight it was to learn that the three of us were the First, Second, and Third Place winners,” said Tulsee.  “As fellow women founders and disruptors, the respect and appreciation we felt for each other was recognized immediately. Being part of a community like Tie Boston that makes these kinds of connections and relationships possible makes all the difference in our journey!”

 

Third place winner, Bryanne Leeming, founder and CEO of Unruly Studios empowers students to learn critical STEM skills through active, social recess-style play! "We're honored to place in this competition and excited for how it will support our mission to break down barriers in K-12 computer science education," said Leeming. "This competition has also been such a valuable experience for meeting other women entrepreneurs on similar journeys in Boston who I now count as friends!"

 

A special prize, for social entrepreneurship,  was given to Shriya Srinivasan, for her ground breaking work at Project Prana, a nonprofit dedicated to deploying accessible healthcare, beginning with the iSAVE, a tool to double ventilation capacity. "Starting and scaling a venture in the heat of a crisis has certainly been a challenging task. Having the support and recognition of an organization like TiE is a great source of encouragement,” said Srinivasan.

 

The resounding message from seasoned speakers like Geeta Aiyer and Desh Deshpande was: we need to change and women are the ones who are going to get us there. Be part of the change, be the visionary who leads positive change. Change can happen fast. Things that look terrible today, might look better tomorrow. Stay optimistic. 
 

In closing, a special thank you from TiE Boston President, Anu Chitrapu was given to the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition sponsors: Subu Kota, Anil Shah, Satish Jha, and Geeta Aiyer.

 

"Women play a pivotal role in the TiE Boston ecosystem. They comprise 50% of our Board and represent every aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executives and service providers,” said Anu Chitrapu, President of TiE Boston. 

 

Closing remarks were given by TiE Boston Charter Members Geeta Aiyer, Anil Shah, Satish Jha, who emphasized the importance of women in power in the workplace, perfecting the pitch and trailblazing uncharted paths.

 

Congratulations and sincere thank you to the following female founders who competed in the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition:

 

 

 

  • Amrita Saigal, Founder and CEO of Kudos

 

 

 

  • Avani Sarkar, Founder and CEO of  Modi Toys

 

About TiE Boston

TiE Boston connects tomorrow's founders with today's entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs who immigrated from the Indus region, TiE Boston champions inclusion in innovation by blending the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with traditional Indian values that place importance on community, mentorship, and long-term relationships.

TiE Boston is one of the region's largest and oldest organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, focused on supporting entrepreneurs throughout their lifecycle — from ideation to creation, through growth, wealth creation and ultimately, support of future founders.

The TiE Boston community encompasses students, founders, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Its programs foster trusted, long-term relationships between its participants — span education, mentoring, networking, and funding.

For more information about TiE Boston, visit https://www.tieboston.org/.

 
 

TiE Boston Announces Semi-Finalists for the Women Pitch Competition!

First Place Winner will represent Boston at the TiE Women Global Pitch Competition at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai and compete for $100K of equity-free money!

Sep 3, 2021

Boston, MA

 

TiE Boston is proud to announce the seven women founders chosen to advance to the semi-finals of the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition! The semi-finalists will pitch to a panel of three influential judges in the New England startup ecosystem virtually, on September 15th from 4:30 - 6:30. Judges are Nilanjana Bhowmik, Co Founder & General Partner Converge, Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures, and Rama Ramakrishnan, Professor of the Practice at MIT Sloan School of Management and serial entrepreneur. Keynote speaker Desh Despande will kick off the competition. Members of the community are encouraged to tune in and support the founders! Prize money will be awarded to the top three companies!

“Congratulations to our semi-finalists! It was not an easy task for our review team to pick 7 companies from all the amazing applications we received. I am personally thrilled to see Boston serve as home to so many women founders.  Women play a pivotal role in the TiE Boston ecosystem. They comprise 50% of our Board and represent every aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executives and service providers. TiE Boston is committed to take women-led entrepreneurship in Boston to the next level. I invite women founders to explore our programs and join us in our mission of fostering entrepreneurship.” - TiE Boston President Anu Chitrapu

Congratulations to the following female founders:

 

 

 

  • Amrita Saigal, Founder and CEO of Kudos

 

 

 

  • Avani Sarkar, Founder and CEO of  Modi Toys

 

The First Place Winner will represent TiE Boston at the TiE Women Global Pitch Competition at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai and compete for $100K of equity-free money! Airfare and hotel are fully paid for the Boston Finalist!


Register here to watch the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition. Congratulations to our semi-finalists and best of luck!

About TiE Boston

TiE Boston connects tomorrow's founders with today's entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs who immigrated from the Indus region, TiE Boston champions inclusion in innovation by blending the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with traditional Indian values that place importance on community, mentorship, and long-term relationships.

TiE Boston is one of the region's largest and oldest organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, focused on supporting entrepreneurs throughout their lifecycle — from ideation to creation, through growth, wealth creation and ultimately, support of future founders.

The TiE Boston community encompasses students, founders, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Its programs foster trusted, long-term relationships between its participants — span education, mentoring, networking, and funding.

For more information about TiE Boston, visit https://www.tieboston.org/.

TiE Boston ScaleUp Wins “Pathways to Scale” Grant Award from Innovation Institute at MassTech Collaborative

TiE Boston ScaleUp was awarded the grant from the Baker-Polito administration to support diverse emerging founders of scaling companies in Massachusetts  develop as leaders and grow their business.

Aug 3, 2021

Boston, MA

 

TiE Boston's TiE ScaleUp, New England’s 1st and Only “Seed + to Series A" Accelerator Program, was announced as a recipient of the “Pathways to Scale'' grant from the Innovation Institute at MassTech Collaborative. The grant will help TiE ScaleUp continue to develop and launch programs and deploy seasoned mentors to support companies in the later stages of the entrepreneurial journey.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined executives from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to announce the $700,722 in grants from the ‘Pathways to Scale’ program, an effort from the Commonwealth to boost tech and innovation companies emerging from the startup phase and poised for growth. The four grants will help build or expand mentorship programs statewide that support ‘scaling companies’ and aim to increase the survival rate of innovative, high-growth companies across Massachusetts.

The four awards include three grants to the UMass Lowell Research Institute, MassChallenge, and TiE Boston, as well as a planning grant for a project led by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

 

Neeraj Chandra, Chair of the TiE ScaleUp TaskForce stated “This grant win is a very motivating endorsement of the unique value the TIE ScaleUp program delivers to the entrepreneurs and innovation economy in Massachusetts. It will really help us to grow the scope and further enhance the contents of the program.” 

“Massachusetts has become a hub of innovation for start-up tech companies, and we want to do more to help these organizations thrive here in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Providing these companies with mentorship opportunities will jump-start their growth and bring them even closer to their long-term goals.”

Through the work of the Innovation Institute at MassTech, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has supported entrepreneur mentor programs statewide focused on the acceleration of early-stage startups. Evidence from the Innovation Institute’s work and its sponsored research report with MIT’s Industrial Performance Center titled “Growing Innovative Companies to Scale,” indicates that more work needs to be done to support high-growth companies in the post-acceleration stages.  The “presence of business networks, mentors, and role models” with experience launching and scaling companies was identified as a critical ingredient for Massachusetts companies looking to professionalize operations and grow headcount, revenue, or market capitalization.

“TiE members represent every aspect of Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Anu Chitrapu, President of TiE Boston. “ScaleUp leverages this immense combined power to turbo-charge new startups and help them find success. This grant will help us harness the combined power of our membership to support more entrepreneurs and accelerate their path to success!”  

The event, hosted at UMass Lowell’s Northstar Campus in Lincoln, featured welcoming remarks from UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Julie Chen and a roundtable of executives from the four grantees. Also in attendance were several local companies that will benefit from the grants. 

The Innovation Institute has shepherded numerous programs that bolster the growth of innovative companies statewide, including targeted investments in research and development infrastructure, workforce development programs that fund internships at startups and boosting diverse talent in the state, and programs that boost emerging sectors in the Commonwealth.

 

For companies interested in learning more about the TiE ScaleUp Program, visit www.tiescaleup.org. To learn more about TiE Boston, visit www.tieboston.org. For companies interested in learning more about The Innovation Institute at the MassTech Collaborative, visit https://masstech.org/. Additional Source:  Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Press Release

 

About TiE ScaleUp

A program of TiE Boston, TiE ScaleUp works with emerging “high-growth potential” companies to overcome typical barriers to growth by helping them optimize their business plan, strategic positioning, operations, sales and competitive advantage. The ScaleUp program, which began in 2015, now proudly counts 93 dynamic start-ups among its alumni. 

About TiE Boston

TiE Boston connects tomorrow's founders with today's entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs who immigrated from the Indus region, TiE Boston champions inclusion in innovation by blending the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with traditional Indian values that place importance on community, mentorship, and long-term relationships.

TiE Boston is one of the region's largest and oldest organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, focused on supporting entrepreneurs throughout their lifecycle — from ideation to creation, through growth, wealth creation and ultimately, support of future founders.

The TiE Boston community encompasses students, founders, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Its programs foster trusted, long-term relationships between its participants — span education, mentoring, networking, and funding.

For more information about TiE Boston, visit https://www.tieboston.org/.

 
 

TiE Boston announces 7th Cohort in TiE ScaleUp 

15 companies selected to participate in New England's 1st and Only "Seed+ to Series A" Accelerator

Mar 10, 2021

Boston, MA

 

A program of TiE Boston, TiE ScaleUp works with emerging, "high-growth potential" companies to overcome typical barriers to growth by helping them optimize their business plan, strategic positioning, operations, sales and competitive advantage. 

 

“While the past year has been difficult for startups, it also presented new, untapped opportunities,” said Anu Chitrapu, President, TiE Boston. “Many of the companies participating in Cohort 7 used these opportunities to their advantage and refined their business plans in light of a new normal. Now they are ready to scale and are uniquely positioned to take advantage of all that ScaleUp has to offer.”

 

Cohort 7 was recruited from the leading seed companies in Massachusetts via a rigorous selection process. The distribution of industries within this cohort, as seen below, reflects the industries and sectors in the local ecosystem:

 

  • 37% Enterprise Software

  • 31% Healthcare/Life Sciences

  • 11% Clean Tech

  • 11% E-Commerce

  • 6% Ed-Tech

  • 4% Food & Lifestyle

 

TiE Boston Executive Director, Simone LaPray, shared, “In the last cohort, we transitioned from our usual in-person structure to a virtual format. We changed sessions during the pandemic to help the companies where they needed help most. We are very thankful for our mentors, faculty, subject matter experts and corporate partners of TiE ScaleUp for rallying around our companies during that time. That momentum has shaped the program for 2021 and we are excited to welcome the companies to the 7th Cohort of TiE ScaleUp.” 

 

“The most impactful differentiator of TIE ScaleUp program is the unique mentorship it provides to the companies in the cohort. For Cohort 7, we have codified the best practices of mentoring from the past cohorts and evolved “The ScaleUp Way” of mentoring. We are confident that this innovation will deliver an ever increasing value, in a consistent way, to Cohort 7 Companies and beyond.” said Neeraj Chandra, Chair of the ScaleUp Taskforce. 

 

TiE ScaleUp stands with these founders to help them grow their businesses rapidly during these challenging times.

COHORT 7

 

Blue Green - Blue Green Analytics® is the visual-first, web and mobile analytics software by Blue Green. Our patent-pending algorithms identify high-growth opportunities at the intersection of visitor interaction and results.

 

Effexoft - a customer centric Supply Chain Solutions company that covers order to cash processes. It's core product, Effecta, extends the Salesforce platform with procurement, logistics, manufacturing, inventory and order management capabilities.

 

Emtropy - reinventing customer service through AI powered interaction intelligence

 

Erbi-Bio - develops, manufactures, and sells small-scale, high performance cell culture systems used in biopharma R & D and manufacture. 

 

Folia Materials - patented, penny-unit cost nanosilver coating for paper used in anti-viral 3-ply face masks, microwave food packaging, $0.20 CPG water purifier in S Asia.

 

Givz - converts discounts into donations, adding a tangible value of purpose to every sale while increasing revenue and user engagement. 

 

Hibersense - enabling smart & healthy homes through sensors, HVAC control & dampers ensuring comfort, efficiency, & indoor air quality. 

 

IndianRaga - IndianRaga is building Raga Labs, the world's largest online school for teaching and performance of Indian music, using technology, fun practice tracks and performance videos to ensure better and faster learning and retention.

 

Monsoon Kitchens - purveyor of homestyle, natural and boldly flavored Indian products for foodservice and retail markets. 

 

Moxie Scrubs - the first direct-to-consumer medical apparel brand inspired by and focused on serving nurses. Moxie Scrubs is on a mission to Enhance, Inspire, and Empower the MOXIE in every nurse!

 

myautoIQ - a deep tech SaaS company, changing the way US car dealers find, acquire, and engage car buyers through artificial intelligence. 

 

QSM Diagnostics - helps veterinarians diagnose and monitor infections in 2 minutes using electrochemistry to measure bacterial communication. 

 

reviving mind - develop valuable, lasting changes to your mental health through the evidence-based and multi-disciplinary 360° Mental Health Therapy program that integrates Group Therapy + Health and Wellness Coaching.

 

Senscio Systems - delivering AI orchestrated, integrated, proactive chronic care virtually in the home to populations with multiple chronic conditions. 

 

Soltrix Solutions - providing a cloud management and governance solution to mitigate the costly waste attributed to the lack of visibility and controls in managing virtual machines. Our solution provides companies an average ROI of 200% within the first year of adoption. 


 

TiE ScaleUp Cohort 7 Corporate Partners

 

McCarter & English, Wolf and Company, Jeavio, Tanna Insurance

About TiE Boston

TiE Boston connects tomorrow's founders with today's entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists. Founded in 1997 by entrepreneurs who immigrated from the Indus region, TiE Boston champions inclusion in innovation by blending the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with traditional Indian values that place importance on community, mentorship, and long-term relationships.

TiE Boston is one of the region's largest and oldest organizations supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem, focused on supporting entrepreneurs throughout their lifecycle — from ideation to creation, through growth, wealth creation and ultimately, support of future founders.

The TiE Boston community encompasses students, founders, experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Its programs foster trusted, long-term relationships between its participants — span education, mentoring, networking, and funding.

For more information about TiE Boston, visit https://www.tieboston.org/.