Entrepreneurs fight paid forum on venture capital

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A highly public spat has broken out between members of Boston’s startup community and the organizers of a conference Wednesday in Dedham that charges new entrepreneurs and other attendees for access to venture investors.

The war of words began when youngStartup Ventures, a New York firm that stages business conferences around the country, organized the New England Venture Summit, at the Hilton Boston Dedham, that costs as much as $1,095 for attendees to hear tips from more than 40 venture capitalists.

That kind of cover charge rubbed many techies in Boston the wrong way. So much so that they are staging their own event at the same time, in Kendall Square Wednesday afternoon. Called Unpitch Boston, the event has 30 local venture capitalists volunteering to mix among young entrepreneurs — and it’s entirely free.

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