MIT Enterprise Forum’s 2015 Startup Showcase



Living in Boston, it’s easy to take our collective intelligence for granted and I’ve found, much like Ferris Bueller, sometimes it’s good to stop and take a look around.  The amount of ambition, passion and innovation locally can be staggering.  Last night I had the pleasure of attending the MIT Enterpise Forum’s Startup Showcase, which consisted of 30 local founders alongside their products.  It’s always fun to ask questions directly to the inventor.  Here’s a handful of local startups and products that caught my eye and are sure to catch yours soon.




Phones die, it’s what they do.  Now you no longer have to ask a stranger, find an AT&T store or for heaven’s sake, pay to charge.  WrightGrid specializes in designing and manufacturing solar-powered charging stations that provide secure charging for up to 10 devices including tablets.  And it’s free to use!  Keep an eye out for these babies around Boston, they recently had 10 stations approved to be installed throughout the city.







The MBTA is unreliable, citytraffic is brutal and biking requires someplace to store and lock it up…but what’s the alternative for those who need to get around quick? Dash Electric. Yes, coming out of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurs Club, these guys have created a way to turn your skateboard into a motor powered travel buddy.  Giddy up.




New Grounds Food

I am addicted to coffee.  That’s a fact.  And if I don’t get it, bad things happen.  However, brewing coffee takes time and there is so many other things I could be doing rather than waiting in that line at Starbucks.  I was pretty excited to find out about this local company that is producing, quite successfully I might add, a way to get your fix on the go.  There’s a full cup of fair-trade coffee in each CoffeeBar and you can feel good about eating it because each bar is 100% organic, vegan, and gluten-free.



ridgeRidgewing Guitars

I play an acoustic guitar and I love it but it’s kind of a pain in ass lugging the thing around.  Ridgewing is actually making a guitar that can come apart to fit into a small briefcase and also creates beautiful acoustic sound.  Don’t ask me how they do it but they use composites, metals, and various woods to mimic many of the physical properties of an acoustic guitar’s wooden top.  Best of all, this thing tunes itself.  Simply awesome.




Sam Calef

Sam Calef

Sam Calef is Founder and Managing Partner at Well Done Boston. He always has time for interesting people, the whole truth and a trip to the beach.

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