Category: Entrepreneurship

MIT and Cambridge: Working hand-in-hand to foster innovation

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 days ago

Walk down Broadway Street in Kendall Square today and no matter where you turn there is something exciting brewing: a new biotech company, a trendy restaurant, or a venture capital-funded think tank.

Galaxy Sculpture Kendall Square

However, four decades ago that wasn't the case. If you drove down Main Street in the 1970s, you were more likely to find abandoned buildings and empty factories. In contrast, today the area is a hotbed of innovation, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge technology--as well as home to more than 150 high-tech companies, including global corporate giants like Genzyme, Google, Microsoft, and Biogen Idec. Another "giant" in the city—and one of the main reasons the area is known as an innovation hub--is MIT, the institution that has collaborated with the city to revitalize the area and has played an integral part in the area's resurgence.

"Kendall Square is the epicenter, but the reach is all around the edge of campus, "says MIT Provost Martin Schmidt, who is also Co-Chair of the MIT Building Committee.  According to Schmidt, there’s a plan afoot to create "a gateway and a sense of destination" in Kendall Square. In 2013, the City of Cambridge approved MIT's petition to transform 26 acres of Institute-owned property in the Kendall Square/East Campus area. The new zoning will preserve existing academic development potential and enable the creation of new housing, retail, lab and commercial space, as well as more engaging open space. Schmidt says future plans also include a new home for the MIT Museum, as well as more academic space, graduate dormitories, and a childcare center.

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Wales selected to participate in MIT's entrepreneurial economic development program

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 15 days ago

MIT Sloan has added another cohort to its unique multi-year program that helps regions around the world implement an entrepreneurial ecosystem based on innovation. This year, the country of Wales has joined the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), which is a joint effort between MIT Sloan Executive Education and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was delighted that Wales has been selected to join REAP, adding that "the program builds on the extensive work already carried out in Wales to promote and support entrepreneurship."

Wales is one of eight regions selected from Europe, Asia, and South America to join the third cohort, which launches with the first of four interactive workshops at MIT in October 2015. As part of the program, each region selects a multi-disciplinary team of influential members who represent five key stakeholders--government, finance, academia, industry, and entrepreneurs--that inform and influence regional strategy.

Course participants attend two-and-a-half day workshops twice a year for at least two years. On site, they are exposed to the theory and practice of developing regional clusters of innovation-based entrepreneurship, collaborate by breaking down traditional boundaries, and focus on the common purpose of regional economic development.

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Even an epic blizzard can't get in the way of disciplined entrepreneurship

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 17 days ago

The 2015 Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) wrapped up at the end of January and was a resounding success—despite epic blizzard conditions in Cambridge!

This year's EDP gradating class included 132 participants from 32 countries—including Nepal, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Estonia, and Korea. Within the first three hours of the program, participants formed teams around 20 innovation-driven business ideas pitched on the spot. These diverse groups of global executives then embarked on the most intensive week of hands-on learning, rigorous academics, and spirited competition that MIT has to offer.

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Come drink from the fire hose—EDP is just around the corner

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 4 days ago

Entrepreneurship is more than a mindset—it's a skill set. Which is why MIT Sloan Executive Education offers a weeklong program dedicated to entire venture creation process. The Entrepreneurship Development Program (January 25–30) proves that the recipe for a successful start-up can be taught and draws from MIT's vast culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. From generating ideas to building viable global businesses and sparking technology clusters, this unique course introduces participants to MIT's entrepreneurial education programs, technology transfer system, and global entrepreneurial network.

Bill Aulet, the program's faculty director, has often likened the EDP experience as "drinking from a fire hose," referring to the exciting bombardment of captivating lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and idea pitching. Aulet is Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, which is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT. For this program he is joined by his colleagues at the Center, including Fiona Murray, Faculty Director and the Associate Dean of Innovation at MIT Sloan

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Program participant credits MIT Sloan's EDP for company growth

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 24 days ago

According to Grant Fraser, his enrollment in the MIT Sloan Executive Education Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) could not have come at a better time.

Fraser, who founded Digitonic—a mobile marketing agency headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2011—says EDP has made a “massive difference to me personally, as well as to my organization. I am very grateful for what I was taught and for the opportunity that Scottish Enterprise gave me to attend the course.”

The Managing Director of Digitonic credits the MIT Sloan program for doubling his company’s turnover and raising the profit margins to just under $1M. Fraser adds that the tools and strategies he acquired while taking the EDP course helped him to secure a 10% equity stake, which was used to introduce innovations at the company and expand it internationally. In addition, thanks to lessons learned while on campus, Fraser says he was able to “make the pitch and close the sale just 21 days after the process began.”

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Can the cab industry innovate?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 10 months and 14 days ago

Those of us who work and/or live in Cambridge are quite familiar with the controversies stirred up by the wildly successful business, Uber Technologies, Inc. Uber considers itself a technology company, offering a mobile app that connects riders with drivers. The company has taken an innovative approach to making it easier to get from one point to another, eliminating the need to hail a cab on the street.

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Corporate boards miss out when they don’t include women

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 10 months and 27 days ago

Shirley Leung, Business Columnist for The Boston Globe has written extensively—and frequently—about the dearth of women on corporate boards. In her piece, “Across Health Care Board Rooms, That’s Madam Chairman to You,” she discusses the growing role of women on health care boards (nearly a third of Massachusetts-based hospitals have a woman running the board for the first time) and she compares the trend to the fact that only three percent of Fortune 500 companies have female board chairs.

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The digital business transformation imperative

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 11 months and 12 days ago

“What exactly does a digital business transformation mean?” asked Michael Krigsman, CEO of Asuret, Inc., and moderator of the "CIO, CMO, CDO Perspectives on Digital Transformation" panel at The 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

Each of the panelists—F. Thaddeus Arroyo, CIO of AT&T Services, Inc.; Robert Tas, CMO & SVP of Pegasystems; Tanya Cordrey, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Guardian News and Media; and George Westerman, Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business—had his or her own take on the digital transformation facing most businesses today. 

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