Mass Innovation Nights Hosts Third Annual African & African-American Founders Event at Greater Grove Hall

BOSTON, April 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Mass Innovation Nights, Massachusetts’ leading monthly new product showcase, will host its new product event with Greater Grove Hall Main Streets. The event will feature tech businesses led by African and African-American founders. MIN 122 is the third annual event, hosted and sponsored by Greater Grove Hall Main Streets. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  

“According to CB Insights, fewer than 1 percent of all venture-backed tech companies are founded by African-Americans. This event lets people see the range of innovations these role models are developing in the STEM space. Starting tech companies is one way to revitalize the community, shrink the wealth gap, while mitigating gentrification,” said Ed Gaskin, executive director, Greater Grove Hall Main Streets.

“Over the last ten years, Innovation Nights events have featured more than 1200 new products,” said Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Innovation Nights and Innovation Women. “Our events are designed to connect startups with the local community, to the benefit of all.”

Mass Innovation Nights events feature business experts, networking, tabletop demos and presentations from local startups. Participating startups this month include: 

Various business experts, including Gaskin, Walter Callender, Winston Henderson, and Reginald Swift, will be on hand to share their business knowledge. Guests are encouraged to use #MIN122 and @MassInno to share photos and social media commentary.  

About Greater Grove Hall Main Streets

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets partners with the City of Boston, private businesses and community stakeholders to improve the economic vitality of the Greater Grove Hall area such that residents can enjoy the benefits of development without displacement. Greater Grove Hall takes an active role in advocating, planning and supporting economic development in the Greater Grove Hall area.

Given the rich and diverse assets of the Greater Grove Hall area, the organization is working to increase the number of people who view Grove Hall as a destination to visit, shop and enjoy, and as a result, create more permanent jobs and an optimal mix of businesses and recreational experiences that meet the needs of the residents and visitors to the Boston area.

About Mass Innovation Nights 
Mass Innovation Nights offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online. Over the past ten years, it has helped launch more than 1,200 new products, which have collectively received more than $3 billion in funding. Follow MIN on Instagram and Twitter or visit the website.

Media Contact: Kristen Avini 510-221-8122 Innovation Nights