Student Summit

October 18, 2017 | 9:00am – 8:00pm
Aloft Boston Seaport

Once a year we bring together the Underscore VC Core Community, portfolio companies, limited partners, and a group of Boston’s best founders, entrepreneurs, and executives for our annual Underscore Core Summit.


Underscore VC Student Summit

This year, we are excited to announce the addition of our first-ever Underscore Student Summit. We will be inviting 50 of the most ambitious up-and-coming founders from the top universities in the Northeast to converge in Boston and be featured at the Core Summit as the next generation of transformative entrepreneurs.

The Student Summit is an unparalleled opportunity for student founders to learn from, connect, and engage, not only with peers, but with a curated community of Boston tech founders, executives, and investors at the Core Summit. The day will be made up of workshops, roundtables, and open discussions on future tech trends, best practices, and startup how-to’s.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for exceptional student founders working on building or creating the next transformative tech companies. Individuals must be students (undergrad, grad, or PhD) or recent graduates and be able to attend the entire October 18th Summit. Companies/projects must clearly fit under technology sectors in domains such as VR/AR, blockchain & cryptocurrencies, e-commerce, and open-source software, machine learning, and more. Deadline to apply is September 22nd.

Student Summit Speakers and Facilitators Include:


(Attendees choose one session per module)

8:00 – 8:30AM Registration + Breakfast
 8:30 – 9:00AM  Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45AM  Module #1 

  • Defining your Problem
  • Building a Compelling Value Proposition
  • Creating Game Changing Business Models
 9:55 – 10:40AM  Module #2 

  • Financing Strategies to Go the Distance
  • The Art of the Product Roadmap
  • Strategic Marketing: Dealing with Competition
 10:50 – 11:35AM  Module #3 

  • Early-stage Business Strategy for Young Founders
  • Creating a Real Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Enterprise Sales & Scaling
 11:45 – 12:15PM  Establishing your Digital Brand with Vala Afshar
 12:15 – 12:45PM  Lunch + Networking
 12:45 – 1:00PM  Core Summit Welcome
 1:00 – 1:45PM  Core Summit Opening Keynote
 1:45 – 2:30PM  Meet the Underscore VC Portfolio
 2:30 – 3:30PM  Functional Core Roundtables
 3:30 – 4:00PM  Networking Activity
 4:00 – 5:00PM  Domain Core Roundtables & Sessions
 5:00 – 5:45PM  Core Summit Closing Keynote
 5:45 – 6:00PM  Closing Remarks & Core Awards
 6:00 – 8:00PM  Cocktail Reception


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