Budding or not, entrepreneurs know that starting a business requires capital and resources — often gained through networking, pitching to investors or building a financial strategy. How to acquire this information can be challenging, but it isn’t this coming week, at least here in Boston. Enter: WE BOS Week.
From Oct. 4 through Oct. 11, women in Boston can attend free workshops covering these topics and more during the fifth annual Women Entrepreneurs Boston Week.
WE BOS Week features a series of events and sessions designed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement to support women in their entrepreneurial pursuits. The theme for this year’s series is “BOS: Build, Overcome and Strengthen.”
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When women succeed, we all succeed,” Walsh says. “I’m incredibly proud to host the fifth annual Women Entrepreneur’s Week. This week focuses on making sure women entrepreneurs have access to resources the city offers to help launch and grow their businesses, while lifting up the robust support ecosystem Boston has to offer. By convening free networking, coaching and funding opportunities, we will foster an even stronger movement to support and invest in women-owned businesses and economic equity in Boston.”
Nearly 30 free events include coaching sessions, networking mixers, pitch competitions and panel discussions. The week promises a packed lineup of opportunities to learn new skills, meet other entrepreneurs and ignite ideas for new ventures.
Kicking off the week on Friday morning, an expert presentation on the art of public speaking. Saturday brings a strategy building workshop, and Sunday an open market of women vendors and makers. And there’s so much more; check out the full calendar of events.
With the impressive amount of self-starters, academics and leaders in the city of Boston, events like this are an example of how the free flow of ideas and information between communities of people can give rise to a strong and equitable market.
Make sure to mark your calendars. Each event is well-attended and is first-come first-seated. Since 2014, nearly 6,000 women have taken part in WE BOS Week events. Just last year, more women participated than ever before, with 1,500 attending the events.