July 11, 2013

TUGG's Entrepreneur Olympics to Help Build Boston

Who runs the fastest 5K in the Boston tech/innovation community?

It must be someone over at RunKeeper, right.

Who’s the best free throw shooter among the local startup hoopsters?

A member of the CoachUp team I’m sure.

Will we finally get to see who reigns supreme in “human orb bowling”, Hubspot or BzzzAgent?

These questions and more will be answered at TUGG’s next event, the 1st Annual Entrepreneurs Olympics. The event, which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center on August 1, is being co-hosted by TUGG, NEVCA, Plastiq, MassChallenge, and T3 Advisors. Most importantly, all the money raised will benefit BUILD Boston, the non-profit that promotes technology and innovation throughout the Boston school community.

The idea for the event was the brainchild of Plastiq's Sasha Hoffman, a member of BUILD Boston's Advisory Board, who initially gauged the interest for a competition-style fundraiser at TUGG's annual wine event. As TUGG's David Brown said, everyone agreed that an entrepreneur Olympics would be "a great opportunity to bring the community together and to support a great cause."

As the event came together, Brown said that the Olympic concept seemed like a perfect way to "connect entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in competition." Wanting to make sure that the event was attractive for jocks and non-athletes alike, the planners got creative in picking different types of competitions. "We didn't want them all to be just pure sports related," Brown said, "but different activities and events that create excitement and allow for the opportunity to compete against others, in a way that's fun and raises funds for a great non-profit." The events that have been announced include the aforementioned 5K, free throw contest, and human orb bowling, as well as the long jump, relay races, and a "minute to win it" competition.

Anyone interested in signing up for the event can do so as an individual or in company-sized groups of ten or twenty. Individuals will then be designated a "country" for the event, and the larger sized groups will be kept together within an assigned team. 

The Entrepreneur Olympics has the potential to become a uniquely signature event for TUGG and vital for BUILD Boston's efforts. The concept also allows the organizers to get creative in how they form the "country" teams. It should be interesting to see who gets put together and how the competitive fire stokes some of the mini "rivalries" between local businesses.

For one afternoon at least, the Reggie Lewis Center could be transformed into a kind of summer camp for local entrepreneurs and VCs.

The event’s goal is to raise $50,000 for BUILD. They are close, but still need more members of the Boston tech/innovation community involved. So, buy a new pair of Saucony’s, dig up that sweet wristband/headband combo you’ve been saving for just the occasion, do some stretching, run some wind sprints, and sign up here for this great event.

Dennis Keohane is a staff writer for VentureFizz.  You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.