Benecure is part of the prestigious NCIIA advanced E-team grant and is a grant holder for 2012-2014.

When Benecure was invited to attend the NCIIA workshop in Boston, we had no idea how eventful of a weekend it would turn out to be. The Monday before we were set to leave, the Boston Marathon tragedy occurred. While we were all shocked and saddened by the events that unfolded, we were determined to not allow this to interrupt our daily lives. The event was still planned to happen so we loaded up for our early morning flight on Thursday. Unfortunately, Chicago’s weather was not going to be cooperative. In one of the heaviest rainstorms on record that saw massive river flooding, Muhammed and Jason braved the forces of nature to reach the airport. Incredibly, the flight was not canceled and was only delayed as they waited for all the crew members to show up. Our other teammate, Tanim, who was set to fly out later that night, was not so lucky as his flight would end up being canceled. Around the same time we were learning of this, the MIT shooting took place. This would lead to the first day of the workshop being canceled, due to the lockdown of Boston.

Cafe near our lodging.

Cafe near our lodging.

Still, the team braved the streets of Boston in search of sustenance and was lucky to find an open restaurant, full of Boston’s finest no less, to look after us (who as you can tell, seemed happy to see us). The workshop resumed on schedule the next day. It was a great learning experience, as it reaffirmed our team goals and helped us to focus our strategy in a more concise fashion. Working in collaboration with the other 8 startups in attendance, under the guidance of our great coaches, we were in a fantastic environment to think and grow with our fellow startups. We were happy that we had come to Boston and overall, it proved to be a trip that we would not forget anytime soon.

Jason and Muhammed at MIT with the Boston skyline in the background.

Jason and Muhammed at MIT with the Boston skyline in the background.