Connect with a VC at Bain Capital Ventures Innovation Center

July 19, 2010

1:31 pm

Having trouble getting in front of a Venture Capitalist to share your ideas? This past week, Bain Capital Ventures, a humongous fund that has backed such companies as LinkedIn, Staples, Doubleclick, Shopping.com and more has launched the Boston-based Bain Capital Ventures Innovation Center (BCVIC).  The BCVIC initiative looks to provide early-stage entrepreneurs with help and answers to their key questions as they start and build their businesses. That mission is very similar to what we are looking to do with TECH cocktail, so we are delighted to see the launch of BCVIC in Boston to help aid the community.

Online, the site provides a series of resources for entrepreneurs and allows you to schedule an in-person visit to BCVIC during Friday office hours. Anyone can sign-up to connect with one of the VC’s on staff. Such public access to the venture capitalists is mainly to help entrepreneurs refine their business ideas. But the overarching goal of the center is to offer entrepreneurs a place to gather and share ideas – the most interesting of which might capture Bain’s attention for funding. Aside from Bain helping with pitches, they are also able to help with introductions to other angel funds and classic VC firms.

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Frank Gruber is the founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail. He is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his tech product expertise and analysis on emerging technologies. Previously he built products for millions of users while at AOL and Tribune Company. He is a startup advisor and investor. He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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