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Tech networking group Hackers and Founders changes name to Verge

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A fast-growing networking group for technology entrepreneurs and investors has rebranded.

The group, which meets monthly at the downtown Earth House Collective, changed its name late last month from Hackers and Founders to Verge.

The new name is meant to distinguish the group, which started in summer 2009 under the same name as a group in Silicon Valley.

Leaders picked Verge because “our entrepreneurial environment is on the brink of new ideas, software products and business success,” said Matt Hunckler, the group’s leader. He added the name fits the no-frills theme of the organization, whose meetings feature party subs and keg beer in a laid-back environment.
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Verge’s membership has reached about 670 in less than two years, a level of growth that leaders say is reflective of the interest in startups in the city.

Hunckler said the rebranded group will continue its typical meeting format, which includes three or more presentations in which entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to the group.

Now audience members will be able to vote on which idea they like best, and winners will be rewarded with prizes such as legal and accounting services or free licenses to business software.

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