BUILDFest 2014 - Boston Fundraising Gala

Come celebrate youth entrepreneurship and support BUILD at our annual fundraiser!  BUILDFest 2014 will feature: a student business expo with unique products, music, an open bar, dinner, dancing and fun!

October 30, 2014

6-10 pm

The Westin Copley Place


10 Huntington Ave, Boston

Honoring
2014 BUILDFest Honorees


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OUR MISSION

Through entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning, BUILD ignites the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equips them for high school, college, and career success. 

OUR PROGRAM

Building a Path Toward Success
How do you provide underserved young people with the resources they need to succeed? At BUILD, we do it by helping our students to start their own small businesses. As they reap the rewards – from keeping the profits to gaining self-confidence – they know there is a connection between hard work and creating a stronger community. They are excited to go to college.

The BUILD Program is not vocational education. Rather, it’s an in-school elective in 9th through 12th grade, taught by BUILD mentors and on-site teachers at partner public high schools. The program works like this:

  • Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship while improving academic skills
  • Students develop a business plan
  • Students secure seed capital through a pitch to a Venture Capitalist
  • Students run their own businesses
  • Students concentrate on going to college

The BUILD Story




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2014 BUILDFEST HONOREES

Tim Ferriss
Bestselling Author
The 4-Hour Workweek

John Barros
Chief of Economic Development
City of Boston

Steve DiFillippo
CEO
Davio’s Restaurant Group 

LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD

Jeff Glass, Board Chair
CEO
Skyhook Wireless

Sydney Atkins Mason
Investment Advisor

Goldman, Sachs & Co

Michele Brooks
Asst. Superintendent
Boston Public Schools

David Cappillo
Partner

Goodwin Procter

Jim Collins
President
New England Business Partners

Ronald Ferguson
Professor

Harvard Kennedy School of Government
and Harvard Graduate School of Education


Scott Friend
Managing Director
Bain Capital Ventures

Roy Hirshland
CEO

T3 Advisors

Sasha Hoffman
Head of Strategy & Partnerships

Plastiq, Inc.

Rizwan Mallal
Co-Founder and VP

Crosscheck Networks, Inc.  

Michele Norman
Entrepreneur 

Rob Parsons
President

Synergy Dining

Shari Redstone
President 
National Amusements and                                                 
Vice Chair, CBS and Viacom

Dan Roth
President
Shaser Inc.

Mary Skipper
Asst. Superintendent for High Schools
Boston Public Schools

Venkat Srinivasan
President 
Rageworks, Inc.

Nancy Sterling
Senior VP, Strategic Communications

Mintz Levin Strategies

Ed Sullivan Jr.
Partner

KPMG LLP

William Tita
Professor 

Northeastern University

Richard Vieira
Group Head Technology
BMO Capital Markets

 

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