MIT Sloan's oldest conference in its 19th year
a convening of movers and shakers
It's that time of the year again. The event this February will showcase the latest cutting edge research and technology in development at MIT, along with TED-style talks and fireside chats (plus debates) between interesting people. No boring 45 minute panels.
Speaker announcements coming soon.
Interested in attending, speaking, or volunteering? We'd love to hear from you.
Brian Halligan is CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot, a marketing software company he co-founded eight years ago to help businesses transform the way they market their products.
Brian is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he teaches 15.S16 Entrepreneurial Product Development and Marketing. He is author of two books: Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead and Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, which is in its seventh printing, has sold more than 50,000 copies, has been translated into nine languages, and peaked at #17 overall on the Amazon bestseller list.
Brian was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 New England award recipient.
Enrique Salem joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014 as Managing Director of the Palo Alto office. He focuses on infrastructure software and services.
Enrique was previously the president and CEO of Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) and brings more than twenty-seven years of executive experience in technology and security to Bain Capital Ventures. In March 2011, Salem was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and also currently serves on the board of Fireye, Atlassian, DocuSign, Clari, Cloudgenix and ForeScout. Before Symantec, Enrique was president and CEO of Brightmail, the leading anti-spam software company acquired by Symantec in 2004.
Enrique was named 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net.
Kaidi Ruusalepp is the founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the world’s startup marketplace. Her company combines startup analytics, syndicated investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to startups and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 800 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
MIT venture capital & innovation conference
Application deadline: January 10, 2017
Event date: February 10, 2017
Don't miss the chance of getting real time feedback and make connections with our amazing attendees, including prominent experts from the investment community. We are now accepting applications.
- Get invaluable feedback from the best in the business of entrepreneurship
- Get noticed by investors and our sponsors, mix and mingle with the entrepreneurial community, and have your ideas put to a test by the tech and business-savvy conference attendees.
- 2 free VIP tickets to the conference
- We'll post about your idea on social media (if you want us to)
WHEN TO APPLY? IMMEDIATELY!
- We will be accepting and reviewing applications on rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible to secure your spot. The final deadline for application submission is January 6th, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Startups will be judged by a panel of VCs and angel investors based on the following criteria:
- Idea (Do you solve a real problem? How innovative is your solution?)
- Product (At what stage are you in terms of product development?)
- Traction (Who is using your product? Who is paying for it?)
- Team (What are your backgrounds? How passionate are you about working together?)
- A wow-factor (Your unique characteristic or achievement)
To apply for the Startup Showcase you should submit the Application Form below AND send a one page executive summary (in a attachment) of your startup to email@example.com