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BU Technology Law Clinic

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University School of Law have established two free clinics to offer student innovators and entrepreneurs legal guidance. Through this unique collaboration, student entrepreneurs are connected with student advocates from BU Law to address legal issues associated with their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities and efforts to turn ideas into businesses. All students currently enrolled in any school or department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through the clinics, which offer short or long-term representation of student clients.

Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

Launched through a $20 million gift by the Gordon Foundation—the largest gift made to MIT’s School of Engineering for curriculum development-the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) was established to educate and develop the character of outstanding MIT students as potential future leaders in the world of engineering practice and development and to endeavor to transform engineering leadership in the nation, thereby significantly increasing product development capability. Beyond the Institute, the program offers professional development courses to early and mid-career professionals currently working in industry.

D-Lab

MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges.

DIY MTC

DIY MTC is a self-guided learning platform for aspiring entrepreneurs at MIT and beyond. Entrepreneurs can use resources and tools on this platform to learn entrepreneurial frameworks, skills and tools at their own pace.

Deshpande Center

The Deshpande Center empowers some of MIT most talented researchers to make a difference in the world by developing innovative technologies in the lab and bringing them to the marketplace in the form of breakthrough products and new companies. In turn, those innovations can help solve large and daunting problems in health, information technology, energy and other fields.

Edgerton Center

Build prototypes, learn new skills, explore madcap ideas, and get advice and encouragement—the Edgerton Center is the place where mind and hand come together.

Eship Internship

The Entrepreneurship Internship is a 10-week paid summer internship program connecting MIT undergraduate students with startups founded by MIT delta v alumni.

Legatum Center

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT is a community for MIT students, faculty and departments who are passionate about improving lives through principled entrepreneurial leadership in the developing world. We are committed to providing education, funding and community resources that will equip our students with the skills, values and critical thinking they need to succeed as entrepreneurial change agents in the world.

MIT DHive

MIT DHIVE is an educational internship program that provides an opportunity for MIT students to dive into healthcare entrepreneurship. MIT DHIVE Summer 2022 invites undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in healthcare entrepreneurship to apply for an 8-week (6/6-7/29) sponsored internship program: - Learn more about the needs and challenges of urgent health issues from the experts in the field - Engage in ideation and team formation activities - Transform ideas into viable solutions DHIVE summer 2022 healthcare tracks: 1. Down Syndrome and Similar Disabilities enhance the lives of people with Down Syndrome and different intellectual abilities or challenges; offered in partnership with the MIT Deshpande Center 2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - empower patients and transform the approach to the maintenance of chronic diseases; offered in partnership with the MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics 3. Long Covid and Lyme Disease – develop novel methods and technologies to address the range of issues caused by chronic infectious diseases 4. Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation – collaborate with Catalyst innovation teams to advance entrepreneurial health-tech projects, and engage with a diverse, international network of health care and technology leaders; a partnership with the MIT linQ Catalyst program. Program highlights: - 8-week program June 6 - July 29 - Educational talks focused on the challenges and unmet needs related to the DHIVE track - Entrepreneurship-focused workshops and mentorship Opportunity to continue in MIT Sandbox in the Fall. Participation options: Paid Internship: - Degree-seeking MIT graduate and undergraduate students from any department who can commit at least 20 hours/week. - MIT graduate students on RAship who can devote 10 hours per week. Unpaid Internship: - Anyone interested in biomedical innovation who is able to devote at least 10 hours per week. - We welcome post-docs, non-MIT students, and non-students

MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) is a global organization of dedicated professionals with local chapters, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through MIT Technology Review. We are open to all participants of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

MIT Entrepreneurship and FinTech Integrator (MEFTI)

MEFTI is a 10-day FinTech startup bootcamp hosted at the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node in Hong Kong, China. Students from MIT and universities in Hong Kong will form teams, tackle real-life problems with impact, and build a FinTech startup with a viable business model.

MIT Entrepreneurship and Maker Skills Integrator (MEMSI)

MEMSI is a two-week-long hardware startup bootcamp hosted at the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node in Hong Kong, China. Students from MIT and Hong Kong will get together and form teams. You will build a hardware startup in just two weeks. You will see how mass production is done in China. You will build prototypes with your own hands. You will build a business model that makes sense. And you will pitch your startups to more than 100 people on Showcase Day.

MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW)

MIT Global Startup Workshop (MIT GSW) is an annual multi-day conference that brings together entrepreneurs, students, investors, and key stakeholders from across the world to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a host region. Through a series of tailored workshops, panels and keynote speakers, MIT GSW aims to share the entrepreneurial practices that have empowered thousands of companies to launch from MIT. MIT GSW is organized by a diverse group of graduate students and is strongly supported by the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem including the MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship, the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (MIT REAP). Since 1998, our non-profit, student-run organization has held 22 international workshops across 6 continents, and has attracted participants from over 70 nations. We are proud to continue this annual tradition into 2020.

MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Since 2015, the Hong Kong Innovation Node has focused on cultivating the innovation capabilities of MIT students, increasing opportunities for students and faculty to participate in the innovation process, and accelerating the path from idea to impact to help strengthen the region’s innovation ecosystem.

MIT Innovation Initiative

MIT Innovation Initiative is team of unceasingly inquisitive, data-obsessed problem solvers—a mix of academics, business professionals, military, alumni, and community-builders—charged by MIT’s President to develop and strengthen the Innovation & Entrepreneurial Community on campus…and beyond. We build the innovation infrastructure that stewards the entire process of innovation—from idea through impact—by connecting, enabling, and inspiring MIT’s most innovative people, programs, places, and partnerships. We combine opportunities for hands-on innovation and entrepreneurship education, building a dynamic innovation infrastructure across campus, and fostering a connected community of innovation science researchers focused on global relevance and impact. We are committed to our mission of being the catalyst of MIT’s innovation community and to provide innovation infrastructure that stewards the innovation process from idea to impact by: · Serving as a connector across the wide range of student groups, programs, and campus centers dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. · Supporting MIT’s most successful innovation and entrepreneurship programs to reach more students and external partners. · Identify growth opportunities in the landscape through the creation of new educational programs, research efforts, and physical infrastructure that will position MIT to thrive for years to come. MIT Innovation Initiative administers the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor. The minor is designed to prepare MIT undergraduates to serve as leaders in the innovation economy with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop, scale, and deliver breakthrough solutions to real-world problems. We also lead several efforts to strengthen MIT’s ability to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about making, prototyping and manufacturing. These activities are delivered through Project Manus, the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, and new campus innovation hubs for co-working and collaboration. Through the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy, the Innovation Initiative is systematically investigating the factors that shape innovation outcomes—including policies, incentives, institutions and infrastructure — at every level from individual and organizational to regional, national and global.

MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is MIT’s pioneering international education program. Rooted in the Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI matches MIT students with tailored internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad. We also facilitate international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world.

MIT Media Lab

The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas.

MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund

MIT Sandbox provides up to $25K in seed funding, mentorship, and tailored entrepreneurship education that empowers student innovators to explore ideas, take risks, and prepare to launch. The goal of the program is to enable any MIT student — inspired to solve a problem with an innovative solution — to learn and experience entrepreneurship. Contact: sandbox@mit.edu

MIT Startup Exchange

MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry, principally members of MIT's Industrial Liaison Program (ILP)

MIT designX

MITdesignX is an academic program in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) dedicated to design innovation and entrepreneurship. We empower students, faculty and researchers to build new business ventures and forward-thinking solutions designed to address critical challenges facing the future of cities and the human environment.

MTC Sector Practice Leaders

Sector Practice Leaders (SPL) help to address the unique challenges different industries present to entrepreneurs. Our SPL program focuses on five different industries. Student leaders for each sector were selected through a competitive process to develop plans and implement comprehensive, integrated, and cutting-edge programs such as advanced classes, active student clubs, annual conferences, business plan contests, hackathons, regular social events, guest speakers, and more.

PKG Center

The PKG Center is the epicenter of public service at MIT. Public service is a springboard to take your learning beyond the classroom and into communities around the world through internships, fellowships, and public service projects.

Project Manus

We are leading MIT’s efforts to: Upgrade legacy spaces/equipment Introduce new technologies Create new campus makerspaces Foster student maker communities Collaborate with peer universities, alumni, government & industry

Tata Center

We are bringing rich technical talent and experience to bear on the persistent and emerging challenges of the developing world. We seek to push the boundaries of what is possible and find new ways of using sophisticated science and technology to bring the benefits of modernity to resource-constrained communities. Our strategy is to have a large and sustained impact by translating our ideas and discoveries into affordable products and services, scientifically-informed policy tools, and entrepreneurial ventures. We work closely with on-the-ground collaborators and with community members to design appropriate, practical solutions.

Technology Licensing Office (TLO)

The TLO moves innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT's global impact. The TLO cultivates an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridge connections from MIT's research community to industry and startups, by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)

VMS is open to all Boston-based members of the MIT community (students, faculty, post docs, staff and alumni) who have ideas and want to start businesses or non-profits. MIT's Venture Mentoring Service has attracted a dynamic group of volunteer mentors who give their time so that others may succeed.

t=0

Each September, the vibrant energy of school’s start is channeled into a week-long celebration known as t=0. MIT students understand the equation t=0 means “the time is now,” as a new cycle of entrepreneurial activities kicks off. We partner with departments and student groups across campus to host events and showcase the array of opportunities available to all, from first-years to grad students and postdocs. The 2020 t=0 Celebration of Entrepreneurship was entirely virtual, adapted for an online experience featuring showcases, networking, and MIT delta v Demo Day.