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MassTLC and NEVCA’s TechGen Join Forces Around NewCo Tech Festival to Celebrate, Connect Students With Boston’s Innovation Community

MassTLC and TechGen are partnering to better engage students in the upcoming NewCo Boston Festival. TechGen, an initiative of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) in partnership with MassTech Collaborative (MTC), connects thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to local tech companies through internships, workshops and events.

Beginning their formal partnership around NewCo Boston makes sense. The festival, which bills itself as “flipping the business conference model on its head,” provides in-depth, behind-the-scenes access to Greater Boston’s innovative tech companies, and is unique in the breadth and flexibility of that access. Students, in particular, can benefit from the opportunity to explore company operations and cultures, meet founders and leaders, and hear from current employees — all on a schedule that fits with their classes.

For MassTLC and TechGen, the synergy is evident. NewCo Boston showcases potential future employers for TechGen’s student community — and those students are key to the success of MassTLC’s 2020 Challenge to create and fill 100K net new tech jobs this decade.

As part of the partnership, TechGen will leverage its rapidly expanding student network — already more than 2000 just 4 weeks after launching — to boost crucial student engagement in the NewCo festival, facilitating deeper and broader connections between the region’s students and recent graduates and participating MassTLC member companies.

“More than any other state, Massachusetts educates the world’s youth,” said MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “Some stay to start and work at innovative local companies, but too many leave the region to begin their careers. We believe that, by working with TechGen, we can do a better job exposing students to the amazing things happening just off campus and hook more of them on building their careers at companies right here in Massachusetts.”

“Tech companies of all sizes are seeking student interns, but often don’t have the capacity to be on every single campus. On the flip side, students want to work at innovative tech companies, but don’t know where to begin their searches,” said TechGen Founder Sarah Sherburne. “We’re figuring out how we can expose these students to the tech community in Massachusetts and help them develop the skills and networks they need to be successful. We have an incredible ecosystem here and our partnership with MassTLC will help expand the network of tech companies successfully engaging with the state’s top talent.”

“We each play a role in supporting our local tech ecosystem,” said Jody Rose, CEO of the New England Venture Capital Association. “MassTLC’s commitment to education dovetails well with our focus on college and graduate students and the Greater Boston tech community. By working together, we create synergies that will result in more talent in our local ecosystem helping power the region’s tech boom.”

According to MassTLC’s 2015 State of the Tech Economy report, lack of talent is the number one constraint to the state’s economic growth. MassTLC’s Education Foundation is working to develop a robust K-12 talent pipeline, while its Talent Cluster supports company hiring and employee engagement best practices. The TechGen partnership fosters deeper engagement with the state’s college students and recent graduates.

For TechGen and MassTLC, joining forces around NewCo is just the beginning of a fruitful partnership between two strong organizations committed to Massachusetts’ tech community. In addition to NewCo Boston, upcoming student engagement opportunities include:

Boston TechJam, June 16th – close to 6,000 people from the tech community will gather for our annual business festival with over 100 exhibiting companies, food trucks, and area bands. In 2016, we have received approval to change this 21+ event to 18+, enabling area students and recent graduates to join us in the celebration.

Career Fairs – MassTLC regularly hosts career fairs for tech employers to meet candidates at all levels, and for candidates to learn more about opportunities at the region’s most innovative companies. Career fairs are scheduled for May 17, August 31, and October 6.
About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.
With 500+ member companies, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. More at www.mtlc.co.

About TechGen/NEVCA
The NEVCA works to make Massachusetts the best place in the world to start and grow companies. An important component of that mission is strengthening access to talent. In partnership with MassTech Collaborative, a public economic development agency, NEVCA launched TechGen in 2015. Combining community building programs and internships, TechGen works to retain talent and engage students with the state’s innovative tech companies. In 2016, TechGen launched a state-of-the-art matching platform that makes finding interns and internships simple and seamless, and continues programming to help students build the skills and networks to launch successful careers in Massachusetts. Find out more at thetechgen.org.

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