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Solstice Conference Schedule
 
Below is the schedule of the Solstice Conference. Each location is linked to Google Maps where you will be able to easily locate the venue! For your convenience in locating rooms, we've included floor plans at the bottom of this section.



If at any point during the conference you find yourself lost, please contact startatshea@bc.edu with your name and phone number so that our team can help you!
Friday, September 16th
Arrival*
5:00PM - 6:00PM @ Gasson Hall - Room 100
Check-in and mingle with attendees before we kick off the Solstice Conference!
*If you won't be checking in on Friday, we will be having late check-ins Saturday morning at the entrance of 245 Beacon
Opening Ceremony
6:00PM - 7:00PM @ Gasson Hall - Room 100
The official start of the Solstice Conference
  • Food provided
Ideathon
7:00PM - 9:00PM @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor
Ideathon Finals & Evening Remarks
9:00PM - 10:00PM @ 245 Beacon - Auditorium, Room 107
Saturday, September 17th
Breakfast & Networking
9:00AM - 10:00AM @ 245 Beacon - 5th Floor
Keynote Speaker 
10:15AM - 11:15AM @ 245 Beacon - Auditorium, Room 107
Meagan Loyst, VC at Lerer Hippeau and Founder of Gen Z VCs
Workshop Sessions #1*
11:30AM - 12:45pm @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor
    1. Makerspace Workshop: Design Your Tailgate - Room 203
    2. Founder's Toolbox - Room 204
    3. Pitching to Business Publications as an Entrepreneur/Startup -    
         Room 205
    4. Cometeer Coffee: Stories From a Startup -
Room 214
    5. Cracking the VC Interview 
- Room 215
*Please note, all workshops are limited to those who signed up for that specific workshop on Friday at check-in
Catered Lunch & Networking
1:00PM - 2:00PM @ Fulton Hall - Fulton Honors Library
Venture Capital Panel
2:15PM - 3:15PM @ 245 Beacon - Auditorium, Room 107
  • Sam Loui - TechStars
  • CJ Reim - Amity Ventures
  • Christina Quinn - SSC Venture Partners
  • Steven Twomey - Summit Partners 
Free Time
3:15PM - 5:00PM 
Take this time to refresh and get pumped for the game!
Shea Center Tailgate
5:00PM - 7:30PM @ Maloney Lawn
Classic tailgate food & refreshments will be provided. To find our tailgate, look for our lawn signs!
BC Football Game
Sunday, September 18th
Catered Breakfast & Networking
9:30AM - 10:15AM @ 245 Beacon - 5th Floor
Founders Panel
10:30AM - 11:30AM @ 245 Beacon - Auditorium, Room 107
  • Allison Byers - Scroobious 
  • Luke Mairo - Voltpost 
  • Anam Lahkani - Alinea Invest
Workshop Sessions #2*
11:45AM - 1:00pm  @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor
   1. Ideation to Execution - Room 204
   2. VC's Toolbox - Room 205
   3. Social Impact in Startups - Room 214
   4. Startup Legal 101 - Room 215
   5. Personal Brand: Development and Showcasing - Room 229
*Please note, all workshops are limited to those who signed up for that specific workshop on Friday at check-in
Catered Lunch, Closing Ceremony & Closing Speaker
1:15PM - 3:00PM @ Yawkey Athletics Center - Murray Function Room (426)
Enjoy the last meal of the Solstice Conference and hear from our closing speaker Marissa Cohen, Senior Associate of Startup Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, and closing remarks for this memorable weekend
General Overview Boston College Map
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Gasson Hall - Room 100
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Traveling & Accomodation Logistics
 
Getting to Boston College & Accommodation
Boston College campus is located at 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA. From Boston Logan Airport (BOS), it takes roughly 20-30 minutes by car or 1 hour by bus/subway. The closest T stop (Boston's public subway transportation system) is Boston College, which is the last stop on the Green B-line. 

Unfortunately, Start@Shea is unable to provide or subsidize accommodation needs. However, there are many hotel options near Boston College that are easily accessible! If you would also like to stay in the city, there are many great options near the Green line's Kenmore and Hynes Convention Center stops. Here are some of the hotel options you can consider if you would like to stay close to Boston College Campus:

 

 

To find more details on how to get to Boston College, please visit Boston College's Maps and Directions webpage.

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Traveling via Personal Car & Parking
If you are traveling by your own car and need parking, Boston College offers two parking garages on campus:

Both parking locations are equally close to our event venues. Our entire conference will take place on Boston College campus, where every location is easily accessible by walking. It's a small yet beautiful campus that's perfect for strolling around in your free time!

If you are driving on Saturday, we recommend you park at Chestnut Hill Mall and then Uber to BC campus as no parking will be allowed on campus during Game Day.

For parking fee information, please visit BC's Visitors Parking Information site. If you are looking on the map, we will be on the Chestnut Hill Campus. 

 

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Speakers
 
Keynote Speaker
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Meagan Loyst

Associate at Lerer Hippeau

Founder of Gen Z VCs

Meagan Loyst '19 is an associate at NYC based venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau, and founder of Gen Z VC's, a global community of almost 17,000+ members empowering the future of venture capital. She has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and is the youngest Advisory Board member of Girls Who Invest. 

Venture Capital Panel
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Sam Loui

Global Startup Pipeline Coordinator @ Techstars

Sam Loui is a recent Stanford graduate and the Global Startup Pipeline Coordinator at Techstars. She works closely with founders and investors to make the tech ecosystem more inclusive. 

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CJ Reim

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Amity Ventures

CJ Reim '13 is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Amity Ventures a people-focused firm that supports founders of technology companies in building category-defining businesses. 

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Steven Twomey

Principal at Summit Partners

Steven Twomey '10 is a Principal at Summit Partners and is a growth equity investor for private sector tech companies with previous experience at Goldman Sachs and Raymond James. 

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Christina Quinn

General Partner at SSC Venture Partners 

Christina Quinn '13 is a General Partner at SSC Venture Partners. She is also a Managing Partner and the founder of Lua LLC, a strategy and growth consultancy dedicated to advancing equity in entrepreneurship and venture capital by supporting early-stage founders and fund managers.

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Closing Speaker
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Marissa Cohen

Senior Associate of Startup Banking at Silicon Valley Bank

Marissa Cohen '19 is a Senior Associate of Startup Banking in the Business Development and Strategic Partnerships division at Silicon Valley Bank's NYC office. Silicon Bank Valley is a champion of startups!

Founders Panel
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Anam Lakhani

Co-Founder of Alinea Invest

Anam Lakhani is the co-founder of Alinea Invest, a community-driven platform for Gen-Z to become informed investors. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University and has led Alinea Invest through 
Y-Combinator's Winter 2021 cohort. 

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Luke Mairo

Co-Founder and COO of Voltpost

Luke Mairo '17 is the co-founder and COO of Voltpost, a comapny looking to decarbonize city mobility emissions. He is currently pursuing his Master's of Science in Sustainabilty Management at Columbia University. 

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Allison Byers

Founder of Scroobious

Allison Byers holds an MBA from Boston University and is the Co-Founder of Scroobious, a human-first fundraising platform, and is also an angel investor at Vitalize Capital, and an advisor with TechStars and various other startups. 

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Workshops
 
Workshop Sessions #1 - Saturday, September 17th

Cracking the VC Interview

Jenna Steichen

Technology Investor at Summit Partners

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Pitching to Business Publications as an Entrepreneur / Startup

(Co-Lead)

Dorothy Cucci

Associate Editor at Business Insider

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Makerspace Workshop: Design Your Tailgate

Madison Dunaway

Design and Prototyping Manager at Boston College's
Design and Innovation

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Founder's Toolbox

Ross Palley

Head of Platform at Venture Lane Studio

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Pitching to Business Publications as an Entrepreneur / Startup

(Co-Lead)

Jenna Gyimesi

Associate Editor at Insider Inc.

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Cometeer Coffee: Stories From a Startup

Alex Kaplan

Head of Coffee Product at Cometeer

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Workshop Sessions #2 - Sunday, September 18th

Ideation to Execution

Uber

Jason Alvarez-Cohen

CEO and Co-Founder of Popl

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Social Impact In Startups

Uber

Elliott Bennett

CFO at Ecotone Renewables

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Startup Legal 101

Uber

Michael Cavoto

Former Staff Attorney at Boston Beer Company

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VC's Toolbox

Uber

Shihua Wu 

Associate at Silicon Valley Bank

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Personal Brand: Development and Showcasing

Uber

Maggie Yan

Consultant at KPMG
Co-Founder & Creative Director at Women’s Sports Exchange 
EIR at Shea Center

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Ideathon
Solstice Team
Details
The Solstice Ideathon is an immersive, problem-solving, and collaborative event aimed at thinking deeply, critically, and creatively with undergraduate and graduate conference attendees.
Timeline & Location
Teams
Schedule
7:00PM-9:30PM  @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor
Ideathon participants will be randomly assigned to groups of 5
8:00PM-8:30PM @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor 
  • Group idea presentations in individual classrooms
  • Classroom votes for Crowd Favorite to send to final round
     
8:30PM-9:30PM @ 245 Beacon - 2nd Floor 
  • Transition to 245 Beacon Auditorium 
  • Final round of presentations in front of official judges
  • Presentation of Ideathon winners and prizes
Judges
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Meagan Loyst

Associate at Lerer Hippeau

Founder of Gen Z VCs

Meagan Loyst '19 is an associate at NYC based venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau, and founder of Gen Z VC's, a global community of almost 17,000+ members empowering the future of venture capital. She has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and is the youngest Advisory Board member of Girls Who Invest. 

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Jason

Alvarez-Cohen

CEO and Co-Founder of Popl

Jason Alvarez-Cohen is a graduate of UCLA and a former software developer at Boeing. Jason is now the CEO and Co-Founder of Popl, the #1 digital business card for teams and individuals. 

 
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FAQs
 
When and Where is the Solstice Conference? 
The Solstice Conference is the weekend of September 16th-18th hosted at Boston College's Campus.
Who is attending Solstice?
Solstice attendees range from a wide variety of backgrounds. Currently, we have 18 schools represented, along with Boston College students and alumni, as well as young working professionals in the industry. It will be a great mix of passionate and driven people to connect with! 
Does Start@Shea help with accommodation and travel?
Unfortunately, Start@Shea does not provide accommodations or travel costs. If you also need recommendations for accommodations, feel free to reach out to our team at startatshea@bc.edu!
Do I have to stay the entire time?
Yes, by signing up and registering for our weekend event, you agree to come to all our conference's events accordingly. We have an exciting weekend planned for you and it will be a great way to meet new like-minded people, enjoy free catered meals, learn more through interactive workshops, have a fun at a Boston College tailgate, and attend the football game. Raffles and prizes are included in your experience—you can win big!
Who should I contact if there are any problems?
The Solstice and Start@Shea team (wearing maroon Solstice t-shirts) will be onsite for the entire conference. If you run into any problems, please ask the closest team member around, and they will try to help you! If no one is around, please email startatshea@bc.edu. Our team will be monitoring emails throughout the conference and will get back to you as soon as we can!
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Solstice Conference Team
 
Start@Shea's 2022 Solstice Team
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Maggie Yan '22
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