So I'm an intern out of college in a tech company that sells a main software product B2B and does consulting as in support and specific development of that product according to customer's needs.
The company uses mostly old languages and methodologies to build the product and is very slowly adapting to the current Era. In spite of that, they are starting a partnership with universities and the likes, trying to implement and include VR in their product.
I'm interested in startups (as in looking to eventually have one) so I went to a related event where I met a team that is developing VR tech. I told them about my company doing this and they said they were interested in meeting someone from my company to find out if they could cooperate instead of the Unis. I said I could have a word and see where it goes. I have their contact. They don't know my company's name yet.
They are a very small team with a practically finished product in great need of funding.
I've been thinking about doing some VR work in the future, have some ideas on that.
I do not have any competence in the VR field.
Should I be careful disclosing to my boss that I went to a startup event, asking the other party to keep that as a secret as to not have repercussions on eventual career progression inside the company, mistrust, etc?
What can I gain out of facilitating the connection? Should I try to remain as an intermediary? What are reasonable expectations to ask for? Should I ask them directly how can they help me?