Startup Boston rewards the winners of the Startup Boston’s Community Awards

Winners announced for 13 categories, including Startup and Founder of the Year; Startup Boston moves Startup Boston Week entirely virtual

Our award winners truly represent the best and brightest in Greater Boston, as determined by the professionals who live and work here.

РSt̩phanie Roulic, Founder and CEO, Startup Boston

BOSTON, MA, USA, Sep 15, 2021 / – Startup Boston, an organization offering events for the development and celebration of entrepreneurs, startup employees, investors and mentors who push the boundaries and solve tough problems, the winners of its Community Awards announced today. Voted by the Startup Boston community, the awards recognize winners in 13 different categories, including Startup, Founder and Investor of the Year.

“Our winners truly represent the best and brightest in Greater Boston, according to the professionals who live and work here,” said Stephanie Roulic, Founder and CEO of Startup Boston. “We wanted to create a process that allows everyone to have a say in who stands out in the region. The winners and nominees are companies and contributors who visibly do a great job, support their communities, innovate, give back and act as a driving force for social good. “

The Startup Boston Community Awards are a unique effort of Startup Boston. Nominees for the awards are selected by the general public and selected by a panel of judges who represent the community of founders and investors, journalists and academics. The winner is selected in an open vote among the local startup community and will be recognized during Startup Boston Week, a free conference that will bring together more than 200 speakers and 70 virtual sessions from September 20 to 24.

The following companies and individuals have been honored with the Startup Boston’s Community Awards:

Startup of the Year – Shoobx
Founder of the Year – Jason Furtado
Investor of the Year – Mendoza Ventures
Best startup created by students – Carlo
Best Accelerator or Incubator – Eforall Roxbury
Best coworking space – CIC
Community Builder of the Year – Founders Live Boston
Equity Champion – TechTogether
Innovative business model – BetrSpt
Best home culture work – reggora

Nominees are nominated through an open process and the top three are selected by a panel of qualified judges. This year’s judges include entrepreneur and investor David Chang; Lucia Maffei, technology reporter for the Boston Business Journal; and Mark Hardie, director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at Framingham State University.

The organization also announced today that it will be moving its two in-person events during Startup Boston Week – the career fair and student exhibition – to virtual formats and announced a new panel of speakers.

Now in its fifth year, Startup Boston Week brings together the startup ecosystem, offering a range of options to connect. The free conference will be held September 20-24 and will feature over 200 speakers in 70 virtual sessions.

Startup Boston Week Job Fair and Student Expo move to remote formats

During Startup Boston Week, participating companies will ask their hiring managers to record a short video explaining why someone should work for their company. These videos will be shown during the event and then presented during the job fair for attendees, who will receive links to the job sites of participating companies.

The event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 22, will also be an opportunity for participants to schedule a 10-minute “information” session with the startups that are hiring. Five hundred people registered for last year’s job fair, which featured 23 companies.
Some of the best startup ideas have been pitched at local Boston colleges and universities, and the student audience remains the center of attention during Startup Boston Week. In addition to student-friendly events throughout the week, Startup Boston Week will feature a student exhibit on September 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The founding students will submit a short video pitch of their startup to the Startup Boston community for comment, which will then be shared with the founding students. These student founding videos will also be featured on Startup Boston’s social media channels and on the Startup Boston website.

Speakers added to the Startup Boston Week program

This year, Startup Boston will offer 12 content tracks aimed at all players in the startup ecosystem, from founders and investors to sales, marketing and human operations professionals. All events are free, allowing attendees to mingle to personalize their learning and networking experiences. Additionally, this year’s Startup Boston Week will unveil its first rewards program for companies and individuals in the startup community who have handled the crisis most effectively and supported others in the community.

New additions to the Startup Boston Week agenda include:

Katie Diasti, Founder and CEO, Viv
Jen Paxton, Vice President, People, smile
Mai Ton, Head of Human Resources, Kickstarter
Emily Levada, Product Manager, Embark Veterinary
Yemisi Olorunwunmi, COO, Everyspace
Jason Furtado, Co-Founder and CEO, Shoobox, Inc.
Melissa Whitehead, CTO, Kensho Technologies
Derek Canton, CEO and Founder, Paerpay
Gabriela McManus, Senior Vice President, Human Operations, Drizly
Zoe Barry, CEO, Zingeroo
Omari Jahi Aarons, Managing Partner, Aarons Group LLC
Winston Tuggle, Director, HR Business Partnerships, HubSpot
Kate Brigham, VP of Product, Notarization
Jody Robie, Snr VP North America and shareholder, Talent Works
Ryanne Harms, Vice President, Human Operations, Piaggio Fast Forward
Firas Raouf, General Partner, Companyon Ventures

“Startup Boston Week brings together founders, investors, and partners and is an amazing, volunteer-run organization that provides resources, education, events, and most importantly, a community to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Allison Byers, Founder and CEO of Scroobious. . “Running a startup can be isolating and many founders don’t have the network and resources they need at the start. Startup Boston brings together founders, investors and partners in a collaborative and supportive environment to make meaningful connections, share resources, and make Boston’s startup scene warm and accessible.

To register for Startup Boston Week, visit

About Startup Boston
Startup Boston is empowering Boston’s innovation by educating, connecting and celebrating entrepreneurs. Created by community, for community, we create events rooted in the development and celebration of people who push boundaries, solve tough problems and ask each day: how could we do better? Our events are designed to be a platform through which innovators can learn from and challenge each other, build new partnerships, strengthen bonds, and celebrate both failure and growth. You can find more information at or on Twitter @startupbosorg.

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