join us for our 20th annual

venture capital + innovation conference

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



One of MIT's oldest, most prestigious conferences


It's that time of the year again. This February 9th will showcase the latest cutting edge research and technology in development at MIT, TED-style talks and Fireside Chats (and even some debates) among leaders and pioneers in VC, technology and innovation.

We sold out last year and tickets are going fast; reserve your seat before it's too late!




MIT Sloan School
Samberg Conference Center
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA


Friday, February 9, 2018

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The event will sell out. Buy your tickets today!

2018 Conference Agenda

8 AM - Breakfast

9 AM - Morning SessionS

  • IBM AI Fireside Chat (Alexander Gray, Jackie Snow)
  • Metrics and Strategies to Successfully Raise Capital from VCs (Tracy Chadwell)
  • Building, Not Betting - Launch Lessons from a VC and Entrepreneur (Krishna Gupta, Shakeel Avadhany)
  • The Money Behind the Money - LPs & VCs (Ken Shimberg, Michael Rainey, Philip Rotner)
  • Design Thinking in Venture Investing (Steve Vassallo)
  • Ethics of AI - Bias in Algos and Statistics (Kathryn Hume)
  • What Works in Consumer Investing (Peter Boyce)

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM - Afternoon Sessions

  • Outsourcing Innovation - Corporate and Strategic VCs (Yair Shoham, Daniel Hullah, Natalie Bruss)
  • Why Can't Women Just be Women? (Gerry Laybourne)
  • Targeted Innovation (Angeliki Rigos)
  • Evolution of Start-Up Investing (Geoff Ralston)
  • Future of Blockchain Debate (Jamie Goldstein, Vanessa Grellet)
  • VCs & Academia (Erin McCafferty, Alain Hanover)
  • Venture Market Outlook for Investors and Entrepreneurs (Dave Welsh, Kyle Adkins, Jennifer Lum)
  • Redefining Waste - Architecture of the Zero-Waste Economy (Jillian Manus)

4:15 PM - Startup WORLD CUP Pitch Competition

  • Eight startups compete for a chance to move on to the Startup World Cup Final with a $1M Grand Prize

5:15 PM - Networking Reception



Compete in the Startup World Cup

$1 Million Grand Prize

Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition that brings together the top startups, VCs, entrepreneurs and world-class tech CEOs. Eight startups will be selected for the MIT VC + Innovation Conference. The winner will be flown out to Silicon Valley for the final competition for $1 million on May 11th, 2018.

Applications closed!


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