Innovate@BU Office Hours
Whether you’re in need of advice on a project, idea, or venture, or you just have some questions about how to use Innovate@BU’s resources, our three types of office hours can point you in the right direction.
*All Summer Office Hours are held virtually*
Due to the spread of COVID-19, office hours with staff and most Industry Experts will be offered virtually through Zoom video calls. After signing up for an appointment on Startup Tree (screenshot directions can be found here), you will receive Zoom video call instructions. Please wait to use the Zoom link until your scheduled office hour time.
Please note that beginning April 16, 2020, in order to book office hours, you must create a free Startup Tree account using your @bu.edu email address.
Staff Office Hours
Working on a specific idea, venture, or project? Meet with our expert staff and faculty to get advice and learn how to use the Innovation Pathway program to make progress on your idea. Their expertise ranges from startups, social innovation, funding, building a team, scaling an idea, marketing, law, and more.
Summer 2020 Hosts:
Summer Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3-4 pm; Wednesdays, 12-2 pm EDT
Expertise: Social impact, design thinking, deeply understanding problem and people, content and program development
Book Office hours with Blake.
Summer Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9 am-12 pm EDT
Expertise: Tech development, marketing, finance and accounting, hiring/team building, and building a Board.
Book Office hours with Gerry.
Summer Office Hours: Email Lou to set-up an appointment.
Expertise: Event planning and budgeting, logistics, and event/program customer experience
Summer Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4; Fridays 11 am-1 pm EDT
Expertise: Lean Canvas, product and project management, team building, pitching, strategy and operations
Book Office hours with Rachel.
Summer Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8-11 am EDT
Expertise: Market validation, revenue projections, business model, pitching, VC and angel investment
Book Office hours with Ian.
Summer Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-5 pm and Fridays, 3-4:30 pm EDT
Expertise: Strategy and operations, product strategy and development, finance, customer insights, hiring/team building, pitching, business model development, social impact
Book Office hours with Li.
Summer Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12-1 pm, Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, Thursdays 5- pm, and Fridays, 12-1 pm EDT
Expertise: Financial modeling and projections, financial planning, assumptions, and scenarios, and accounting
Book Office hours with Gabriela.
How to schedule a session on Startuptree:
- Visit the staff members’ profile on Startup Tree our online innovation platform, via the link on their names above.
- Click on the “AVAILABILITY” tab located to the left of “ABOUT” tab
- Select the day and time slot that you would like to book. Please note, you will need to log-in or create free a Startup Tree account using your @bu.edu email address.
- On the day and time of your appointment, please follow the Zoom link provided by your office hour host. This link can also be found in the “ABOUT” tab of the host’s Startup Tree profile.
- These directions with screenshots can also be found here.
Industry Expert Office Hours
Every week, experts and entrepreneurs visit the BUild Lab to offer their time, advice, and knowledge. Check out the Innovate@BU Industry Expert Office Hours calendar to see who is coming next and book a session with them!
Law Clinic Office Hours
The Startup Law Clinic and the Technology Law Clinic serve as legal resources to student entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers. Every Thursday, students can take advantage of Law Clinic office hours held at the BUild lab.
Research Office Hours
Expertise: Research funding and mentorship
Book Office hours with UROP.