January 21, 2013

1000 Techies for Social Enterprise? Game on! 1/31/13

Boston tech’s biggest social fundraiser, the Seventh Annual New England Tech Charity Wine Party to benefit TUGG, is set to descend upon South End’s Cyclorama on Thursday, January 31st.  With six amazing startup non-profits showcasing for 1000 of Boston’s leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and service providers, this year’s event is going to a memorable night for all.  The party kicks off at 6pm and you won't want to be late to the show! 

If you aren't familiar with TUGG yet, it is non-profit harnessing the power of the region's technology ecosystem to source, screen, and fund social innovation.  TUGG is dedicated to catalyzing and spreading social entrepreneurship in New England, empowering both the individual and the community to identify important issues and collaborate to solve them.  TUGG focuses on funding early stage social ventures working entrepreneurship, education, and life experiences, providing seed grants – based on community votes- between $2,500 and $20,000.  It has distributed over $250,000 in grants to date and has been increasing the capacity and size of its grants annually.  

The Seventh Annual New England Tech CharityWine Party will showcase three high potential new social entrepreneurial ventures– Future Chefs (@FutureChefs), Revolution of Hope (@revofhope) and Science from Scientists (@DoctorErika)–and three amazingly successful returning organizations– BUILD Boston (@BuildinBoston), Innercity Weightlifting (@FeinmanJon) and Technology for Autism Now (@tech4autismnow). Every guest gets a vote in how TUGG will allocate its fundraising efforts to these non-profits, highlighting the true power of crowd sourced philanthropy.

The night will be set off by an atmosphere of high action and interaction, including pours of exclusive wine and tequila, fun games, incredible auction prizes, and dancing.  Not to mention the schmoozing and general do-gooding!  Companies already on board include: Kinvey, Bit9, Abine, YesWare, DataXu, VentureFizz, InsightSquared, Veracode, Hadapt, Mass Challenge, GaggleAmp, Terrible Labs, Objective Logistics, Draft Kings, Lucky Labs, Bison Alternatives,, BostInno, Drync, Atlas Venture, .406 Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Sigma Prime Ventures, NXT Capital, Babson College, Wellington Fund, Silicon Valley Bank, CBRE-NE, Wilmer Hale, Foley Hoag, TriNet, Goodwin Procter, Polachi Executive Search, Deloitte, Brown Rudnick, and Wolf & Co.

With just nine days until January 31st rolls around, over 800 tickets have been sold and the event is capped at 1000 people, so make sure to grab yours sooner than later!  All ticket proceeds and donations go towards supporting TUGG and its non-profit social enterprises.

The Seventh Annual New England Tech CharityWine Party is being hosted by Boston’s leading entrepreneurs and VCs: Fred Shilmover (CEO, Insight Squared), Bob Brennan (CEO, Veracode), SravishSridhar (CEO, Kinvey), Mike Baker (CEO, DataXu), Phil Beauregard (CEO, Objective Logistics), Matt Bellows (CEO, Yesware), Chase Garbarino (CEO, Streetwise Media/ BostInno), Maria Cirino (Managing Director, .406 Ventures), Paul Flanagan (Managing Partner, Sigma Prime), Jeff Fagnan (Partner, Atlas Venture), Hemant Taneja (Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners), and Charley Polachi (Partner, Polachi Access Executive Search). 

TUGG is a registered 501(C) 3 dedicated to catalyzing and spreading social entrepreneurship in New England. By harnessing the power of the region’s technology ecosystem to source, screen and fund social innovation, TUGG helps young people to realize their full potential through entrepreneurship, education and life experiences. TUGG empowers both the individual and the community to identify important issues and collaborate to solve them.

TUGG invite

David Brown is the Executive Director at TUGG.  You can follow TUGG on Twitter (@TUGGorg) by clicking here.