Y Society Resource Spotlight
Y Society Resource Spotlight
Meet Sarah Gaines and Abbey Titcomb – Co-founders of The Y Society, an entrepreneurial community for women in their 20’s!
GH: What is The Y Society?
Abbey & Sarah: The Y Society is an entrepreneurial community for women in their 20’s. We hold monthly events/socials and have a weekly newsletter full of content, girlboss inspiration, special goodies for our community members, and awesome events in the Boston area! Our goal is to connect young women through really great experiences. We want young women to Live Notoriously.
GH: How can Boston startups/ entrepreneurs best benefit from what you do?
A & S: We want to cultivate the community of young professional women in the Boston area and provide them with a network that they can grow professionally and personally in! Connecting our community through great experiences opens the door to new jobs, mentorships, connections, and friendships. Any tech ecosystem also benefits from having communities nurturing young women. We want to connect women in entrepreneurship with women who may want to get into entrepreneurship and start fostering mentor relationships to continue growing the community.
GH: What have you learned from Boston area startups?
A & S: The Boston startup ecosystem is extremely nurturing to young entrepreneurs and professionals. We have a very tight-knit “sharing” ecosystem and that’s something that makes Boston really great.
GH: What are some of the best resources the Boston ecosystem has to offer in your opinion?
A & S: Boston has so many resources for early-stage entrepreneurs. Accelerators, seed-funds, incubators, gap funds, speaker series – Boston is the student entrepreneur’s dream!
GH: What is the Boston ecosystem lacking from your perspective?
A & S: More opportunities for community development and peer mentorship. There are plenty of networking events, but it’s harder to find groups of people to grow with. That was one of the main reasons we started The Y Society.
GH: What’s the best/worst piece of advice you were given along the way?
Abbey: WORST: “Don’t be so enthusiastic” and “stop talking with you hands”. I used to take these comments to heart, but now I shrug off anyone who criticizes my enthusiasm because it’s one of my best traits.
BEST: “Don’t be afraid to fail” – It sounds cliche, but failing is so taboo and it frustrates me. I’ve learned to fail and I’ve learned to love it – everyone should!
GH: What was the best thing that happened to you last year?
Abbey: Honestly, starting Y Society with Sarah – it’s been amazing to start this community of inspirational women and I’m empowered by having her as a co-founder.
GH: What does the future hold for the Boston innovation economy?
A & S: It’s a really interesting time politically, culturally, and economically – especially for women. I’m hoping we will start seeing a disintegration of the unconscious bias surrounding many social issues in innovation ecosystems. What I can say is Boston is a hub for socially-conscious innovation and I’m inspired by the people I meet everyday in this city who are working to make the world a better place. I’m excited to be a part of that innovation to ultimately make the world a better place – again, cliche, but we need some cliche now-a-days.
GH: What does the future hold for The Y Society ?
A & S: We want our community to include as many young women as possible. We’re going to keep growing and keep providing amazing experiences for women to connect – and we’re gonna keep living notoriously 😉
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