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July 13, 2017
A Major Milestone – Mass Innovation Nights #100 Recap

Mass Innovation Nights has been bringing together local entrepreneurs and having them showcase their companies to Boston for a little over eight years. Through this program, Mass Innovation Nights has raised $2.1 billion in collective funding for their startups, 44 alumni companies were successfully acquired or merged and 31 other companies merged with each other.

Now, the organization has reached a milestone; they have held 100 events.

On July 12, 2017, Mass Innovation Nights held their 100th event at the largest location they have been to yet; the Museum of Science. To commemorate the event, the Museum put on one of its famous lightning shows for the guests.

The presentation started out with Mass Innovation Nights founder, Bobbie Carlton, welcoming the crowd and speaking about how far her organization has come. Prior to showcasing the seven new companies, six alumni were introduced; ClearGov, Family ID, GaggleAmp, Netblazr, Trilio and Wegowise.

Mass Innovation Nights 100
Draper, the sponsors of the event (left) and the representatives of the alumni companies (right).

The Seven Companies

Mass Innovation Nights #100 had “space tech” as a running theme, and its apparent from taking a look at some of the companies showcased at the event. Draper, the event’s sponsor, also presented technology they are working on involved with space.

Analytical Space
The first of the space tech companies was Analytical Space, which is from the Harvard Innovation Lab. Company co-founder and COO, Dan Nevius, explained how his company is creating a network of satellites which will utilize laser communication. Nevius even brought a prototype of their satellites on stage.

Analytical Space

The Quantly Group
Another Harvard i-Lab company, the Quantly Group is a software startup developing an analytics platform. The Quantly Group’s co-founder, Kela Roberts, went into detail about the company’s team has extensive knowledge of mathematics, computer and data science and technology and how their combined background experience can make analytics more approachable.

The Quantly Group

Accion Systems
Satellites orbiting Earth need to have the proper propulsion system in order for them to keep circling the planet. Accion Systems is creating electronic propulsion systems, which requires less power than other systems. David Tovani, who is the company’s Lead Test and Customer Engineer, presented how their system can also be scalable in this particular industry.

Accion Systems

VALT Enterprises
VALT Enterprises is a company focused on creating launching services for all types of vehicles. Their newest product, the VALT Launch System, is making the launch process much quicker for satellites, without having to attach them to a larger, and more expensive, spacecraft. The company’s CEO/CTO, Karl Hoose, compared the current issues with launching multiple satellites as, “Taking a bus to space.”

VALT Enterprises

Guardion
Airborne pollution is a scary thought, but what if there was a device to detect potentially dangerous particles in the air? The startup, Guardion, has created a radiation sensor network that can not only be applied to large towns and cities, but also inside a spacecraft. Guardion’s sensors detect radiation, as well as harmful, man-made air particles as well.
 

Guardion

Lunar Station
Blair DeWitt, the founder and CEO of Lunar Station, began his presentation showing a painting of what life on the Moon would be like. He then transitioned to talking about his company’s image capturing and processing platform named MoonWatcher. MoonWatcher can give users incredible pictures of the lunar surface.

Lunar Station

TellusLabs
The final presentation came from TellusLabs and they were displaying their new platform Kernel. The platform, using a combination of APIs, web applications and push notifications, delivers agricultural insights. Kernel can be used for farming purposes or to help fix problems with a city’s infrastructure.

TellusLabs

To close out the show, Wentworth University’s Accelerate program offered prizes to three of their student-led organizations; College Schedule Builder, Varimold and Boston Aerial Systems.

From left to right: College Schedule Builder, Varimold and Boston Aerial Systems.

Colin Barry is a contributor to VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter @ColinKrash.