Celebrating America's Coolest College Start-ups
Inc. welcomed members of the Boston-area entrepreneurial community in April, to celebrate the nation's "Coolest College Start-ups."
The event was held at Tavern in the Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to recognize Lingt, our "Reader Favorite" company, which was founded at nearby MIT.
The crowd included other MIT students and young entrepreneurs.
Attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during the event.
The "Coolest College Start-ups" feature first appeared in the March issue of Inc.
Inc. senior editor Rod Kurtz welcomed the crowd.
Lingt's Justin Cannon (center).
Readers were allowed to vote for their favorite company on Inc.com following the list's publication.
The founders of Lingt and other MIT students have found help through the schools Venture Mentoring service, a campus office that introduces prospective entrepreneurs to volunteer members.
Lingt's Chris Varenhorst (left).
Cambridge, Massachusetts has long been a hotbed of tech start-ups and other entrepreneurial companies.
Over the past 25 years, more and more students are starting businesses before they even graduate.
Inc.com publisher Whelan Mahoney (center), chatting with attendees.
Many attendees took some time out to network during the event.
Thanks to the Web and lower barriers to entry, more young people are turning to entrepreneurship.
Lingt's Justin Cannon and Chris Varenhorst.
Michael Dell, who started selling computers out of his dorm at the University of Texas, helped blaze a trail for future college start-ups.
Inc.com received more than 300,000 total votes for "Coolest College Start-ups."
The feature focused on 16 entrepreneurs from MIT, Yale, Missouri, Indiana, Berkeley, Penn, USC, Michigan, and Houston.
Profiles were written by student journalists.
The list included companies making a variety of products -- from energy drinks to T-shirts.
Amid all the networking, a little time for fun too.
For more on this year's "Coolest College Start-ups" list, check out www.inc.com/college.