YES 8.0

Friday, May 9, 2014

YES 8.0 Review

  • Sponsored by IBM and Cambridge Innovation Center
  • YES 8.0 introduced the concepts of Lean Startup and Business Model Generation Canvas – topics that are currently being widely discussed in the Startup world, especially in Silicon Valley – to students.
  • YES 8.0 winning team was Blanc, which designs watches to keep students awake. This team formed a company led by 16-year-old high school student Eddy Zhong. The company had $2,000 preorder sales within the first 14 days with zero marketing spending.

YES 8.0 Speakers

  • Phyllis Thesier, MAT, CCC-SL, President of Accent Management Group, LLC
  • Lucio Campanelli:  Founder and director of the Boston entrepreneurship center, co-founder, CEO and Chief Designer of INPULSE, product architect of StudyStream
  • Sergio Ferreira: Project Manager of Ferreira Concrete Forms, Co-founder of, Organizer of different startup events (including AngelHack, Hasbroathon, Startup Weekend)
  • C. Todd Lombardo: Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact, Organizer of Startup Weekend Boston
  • Ethan Bagley: Founder and CEO at Uspin, Organizer of Startup Weekend Boston
  • Evonne Johnson: Venture Investor at Charles River Ventures
  • Jarrett Goetz: Co-Founder and Advisor of SoukTel, Director of App Ecosystem Strategy at OpenMobile World Wide
  • Jennifer Lawrence: Founder of Cambridge Corporate Training
  • Bobbi Carlton: Founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Co-Founder of Innovation Nights, Marketing Consultant at SqueePlay, Marketing Consultant at BPM Partners
  • Katelyn Friedson: Mobile Product Manager at

YES 8.0 Course Schedule

  • Location: Havana Room at Cambridge Innovation Center, or CIC (5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142)
  • Time: 9am-noon
    • 09.28.13 Class 1: Introduction to Business Plan
    • 10.12.13 Class 2: From Idea to Product
    • 10.26.13 Class 3: Company Structure and Team Building
    • 11.09.13 Class 4: Sales and Marketing
    • 11.23.13 Class 5: Finance
    • 12.14.13 Business plan mentoring session 1
    • 12.21.13 Business plan mentoring session 2
    • 01.04.14 Effective communication training
    • 01.18.14: Business plan mentoring session 3
    • 02.15.14 Semifinal
    • 03.01.14 Final Competition
    • NECINA Annual Meeting: Award Ceremony