On behalf of all of us at Team Borealis HQ, a hearty thanks to our Prouty participants for all of their efforts
in support of the
Norris Cotton Cancer Center, a part of theDartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Our team of 45 folks raised $60K as The Prouty raised $2.4M in total. An amazing effort!
We at Borealis would like to highlight one point to underscore why this is an important and worthwhile initiative for all of us. In 2010, funds coming from The Prouty contributed $900K to basic research performed by emerging scientists. Equally important is that this $900k led to incremental funding from more traditional sources like NIH for these same researchers totaling more than $12M. It would be very difficult for these young researchers to get the funds needed to pursue their ideas without the support that comes from The Prouty.
The 31st Annual Prouty Century Bike Ride & Challenge Walk took place on Friday and Saturday, July 12 & 13, 2012.
While most of Team Borealis hit the road on bikes for the 20, 35, 50 and 100 mile loops,
we also had a large group of walkers. Additionally, we had a hearty group of Ultimate riders who rode 100 miles Friday and hit the road again on Saturday.
To learn more, please visit the Prouty website at www.theprouty.org. We also encourage everyone to join us on Facebook to keep up to date on team activities. And, of course, please feel free to contact any of us with questions about this great event.
We hope to see you on the team next year!
Speed Venture Summit
Borealis Ventures was proud to support the Speed Venture Summit 2009, the premier speed-dating-style event for fast-growth
businesses and investors in New England.
"Through our support of the inaugural Speed Venture Summit," said Jesse Devitte, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borealis Ventures,
"we proved that a well-designed speed-pitching event is an exciting opportunity for investors to meet the next generation of great
entrepreneurs and learn firsthand of their plans that will power the region's innovation and job creation. We are very pleased to
continue to support the Summit as it powers the capital formation efforts of the region's top growth companies and prospects."
"Borealis has made a major commitment for many years to help launch some of New England's best young companies," said Summit producer
Tim Platt. "We are extremely proud that that they have chosen to back the Summit once again, when the need for growth capital is urgent
for entrepreneurs and talented executives. With the support of Borealis Ventures and other key sponsors, the Speed Venture Summit has
rapidly become the one event in New England that CEOs and CFOs of the region's hottest companies must attend."
At the October 28, 2009 Summit, participating businesses represented all sectors and development stages, from start-up to later-stage and were able to
"speed pitch" to the region's savviest and shrewdest investors, ranging from individuals and Angels to venture capital firms and private
equity and mezzanine financers.
For more information about the Summit visit www.speedventuresummit.org.
Jessica Jackley & Scott Kirsner in Portsmouth
Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva discussed micro-lending and
philanthropy leveraging the Internet at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, May 5.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals
to lend directly to an entrepreneur in the developing world. By combining microfinance
with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
Kiva will have facilitated loans totaling $100 million by 2010.
The discussion was open to the public and was moderated by Boston Globe columnist and author Scott Kirsner.
You can listen to the discussion on Scott's blog, Innovation Economy www.innoeco.com.
The evening was hosted by the Portsmouth Public Library with sponsorship from Pax World Mutual Funds, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire High Tech Council, Borealis Ventures, eCoast Angel Network, Beaupre & Co. Public Relations and Catapult Seacoast Young Professionals.
Inside the Movies and the Creative Economy:
Technology and the arts came together in an intriguing evening at the Portsmouth Library.
Did you know that we wouldn't have had VCRs were it not for Bing Crosby?
That Technicolor, the company that brought a "magic rainbow" to the silver screen with movies like The Wizard of Oz, was founded in Boston -- in an old railroad car?
That Thomas Edison invented the fore-runner of the video iPod?
In an illustrated spin through Hollywood history,
Boston Globe columnist and author Scott Kirsner discussed how innovators like Edison, the Warner Brothers, Pixar, George Lucas and
Steve Jobs transformed the movie industry -- while also facing enormous resistance to their revolutionary ideas. Scott also explained
the role that new inventions have played in the movies and in our culture for more than a century. Scott's talk is based on his new book,
Inventing the Movies: Hollywood's Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status Quo. He came to Portsmouth after talks at Netflix,
Google, Disney, the Rome Film Festival and the Boston Museum of Science.
You can learn more about Scott Kirsner at his site: www.scottkirsner.com