2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Dropping a Billion Dollar Economic Bomb on Startups

Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon D
500 E 4th St

Robust entrepreneurship leads to billions in value creation for the overall economy, and MassChallenge helps concentrate and accelerate that potential, dropping an economic bomb on startup ecosystems. The largest and most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, MassChallenge has helped develop entrepreneurial ecosystems all over the world by supporting startups while taking zero equity. This has led to its 835 alumni raising over $1.1 billion in funding and creating over 6,500 direct jobs and 16,250 indirect jobs.

This panel will feature speakers from all sides of the equation for cultivating exponential growth among startups. How can the wider ecosystem, including government, investors, experienced entrepreneurs, accelerators universities, work together to create billions of dollars in value for the economy? What are the critical “points of difference” that entrepreneurs should look for in an ecosystem to set up thei...

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John Barros

Chief of Economic Dev

City Of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed John Barros Chief of Economic Development in February 2014. Before his appointment John served 13 years as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initi...

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Liz Powers at SXSW

Liz Powers

Co-Founder & Chief Happiness Spreader


Liz Powers has worked with homeless individuals for 10 years and is the co-founder and Chief Happiness of ArtLifting. ArtLifting sells the work of homeless and disabled artists. Her impact has bee...

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Paul Liberman

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer


Scott Bailey

Managing Dir

MassChallenge Inc


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