Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and brand capital firm Breakaway recently partnered to create a new venture competition: The Babson Breakaway Challenge. The competition, which aims to highlight female-founded startups in Boston, will host startups ranging from a fitness studio to a women’s clothing line to hydration monitor technology company as they compete for $250,000.
California-based company Event Farm acquired local event management startup Attend. Ryan Costello, CEO of Event Farm, told The Boston Globe, “We’re changing the way marketers approach events for the first time with this new technology. Attend is the only company we thought that thinks about this the same way.” Attend, founded in 2012 is backed by Boston-based .406 Ventures, has around 20 employees. The combined company plans to hire new employees from the Boston area as well as overseas in the upcoming months.
MuckRock, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps people file requests for governmental information through the Freedom of Information Act, is teaming up with Vice’s Motherboard to encourage journalists to do some deep digging into Peter Thiel and his companies. As Thiel funded the Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker Media that resulted in the media company’s bankruptcy, MuckRock’s goal is to encourage reporters to report on Thiel’s companies in an accurate but aggressive manner. The company is also examining and reporting on interactions between private companies, like those managed by Thiel, and the U.S. government.
The Mayor’s office and Boston Transportation Department, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, announced the launch of a new program to explore autonomous technologies in the city. The year-long collaboration will focus on policy recommendations and on-street testing of self-driving vehicles. In the city’s official press release, Walsh said, “Boston's collaboration with the World Economic Forum represents our commitment to creating a safe, reliable and equitable mobility plan for Boston's residents. We are focused on the future of our city and how we safely move people around while providing them with reliable mobility choices. With our startups and educational institutions, Boston is a leader in technology, robotics and innovation. Together with our partners, we know the city of Boston is ready to lead the charge on this transformative technology.”
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