Trish Cotter

Program Manager and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship


Trish Cotter

Trish Cotter is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT and Director of the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator (GFSA) at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where she mentors students through the accelerator process for their start-up ventures. In addition, she is a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management on topics related to entrepreneurship.

Trish was previously an executive at two emerging companies which she helped to bring public (Netezza in 2007 and Visual Networks in 1998). When Netezza was acquired by IBM for $1.8 billion in 2010, Trish served in the role of president of Netezza LLC during the integration process. She has a background in engineering, and has held various engineering and management positions at Honeywell, Computervision, Sun Microsystems and Stratus.

Trish holds a BA in business administration from Boston College, an MBA from Northeastern University, an AMP from Harvard Business School, and a MEd and EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. For her doctorate, Trish focused on work-based learning and closing the 21st century skills gap.

Faculty Media

  • Passion for Your Startup Doesn’t Have to Mean Constant Stress

    What if compromising yourself for your startup isn’t necessary for success? And further, what if it’s possible to teach entrepreneurs to work through the stresses of entrepreneurship more...

  • Why We Need to Redefine Start-up Culture With Positive Mental Health Habits

    The right tools can help entrepreneurs work through stress, rather than work in spite of it.

  • Necessity vs. Innovation-Based Entrepreneurs

    Trish Cotter discusses the differences and trends.


Contact Information

Office: E40-160
Phone: (617) 253-3453
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