Always been interested in starting a company, but unsure as to the how, what, and when? StartLabs is running a bootcamp to walk you through all of these questions, and you'll even get help from some of the most prominent founders & venture capitalists in Boston! At the end of the day, you'll have turned an idea into a pitch deck, and will have an opportunity to present to the MIT SandBox Initiative and other VCs to make your dreams into reality. Members of the team with the winning pitch will be given prizes!
Lunch is provided.
Speakers and Panelists
Director of Techstars, one of the most selective startup accelerators in the nation. Previous experience as a CEO of a cleantech startup and a leading European media company.
Program Manager, LearnLaunch
Program & Marketing Manager at LearnLaunch Accelerator, dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing the education technology ecosystem and transform learning
Seed Investor, Founder Collective
Principal at Founder Collective, proud investor in Uber, Buzzfeed, Cruise, and 200+ amazing startups, helping to build companies in data, media, consumer products and SaaS.
CEO+Founder, Spoiler Alert
MIT Sloan MBA 2015 and GFSA alum. CEO and Co-Founder of Spoiler Alert, a food-tech startup to help businesses manage surplus food and organic waste.
CEO+Founder, Education Modified
Social entrepreneur and educator interested in fostering innovation in public education. CEO and founder of Education Modified, which specializes in redefining special education pedagogy
Managing Partner, Boston DRF
Managing Partner on the Boston Dorm Room Fund team and Sloan Business Club's Managing Director of Entrepreneurship. MIT Senior Majoring in 6-3 (Computer Science).
Member of Rough Draft Ventures
Ph.D student at MIT in security, Founder of the Cybersecurity Factory, a summer program for security startups, organizer of the MIT Security Seminar
Assoc., General Catalyst Partners
Early Stage Venture Associate at General Catalyst Partners; Member of Rough Draft Ventures; former platform manager of RedPoint Ventures; Harvard Graduate School of Education
Associate Director, New England Venture Capital Association
Entrepreneur, social worker, editor, and international athlete inspired by cultural immersion and exchange with strengths in innovation and facilitation.
Sandbox Innovation Fund
Founder and President of Fire Hose Games, a studio focusing on education, science content, usability, and accessibility, Eitan now joins Sandbox as the manager of student programs.
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Speaker Series: Making great teams, building MVPs, giving great pitches
Ben Bungert - Director, LearnLaunch
Parul Singh - Seed Investor, Founder Collective
Eveline Buchatskiy - Director, Techstars
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moderated Panel: Commonly Asked Questions about Entrepreneurship
Ricky Ashenfelter - CEO & Founder, Spoiler Alert
Melissa Corto - CEO & Founder at Education
Yasyf Mohamedali - Managing Partner, Boston Dorm Room Fund
Frank Wang - Member, Rough Draft Ventures
12:30 - 1:00 PM
Lunch and Group Creation
Sandwiches from Bon Me and other snacks
1:00 - 4:30 PM
Define your idea, create your ideal customer, validate your approach
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Two minute pitches, judged by:
Ari Glantz - Associate Director, New England Venture Capital Association
Natalie Bartlett - General Catalyst Partners
Eitan Glinert - Sandbox Innovation Fund
Eitan Glinert - Sandbox Innovation Fund
StartLabs is the undergraduate entrepreneurship club focused on helping MIT students learn and launch innovative ventures. We host talks, networking events, workshops, boot-camps, and more. Check out startup.mit.edu and sign up to our mailing list to learn more!
Thanks to the
MIT Innovation Initiative
The MIT Innovation Initiative strengthens and evolves the pathways for the MIT community and its partners to develop ideas into solutions addressing today's most pressing challenges. Thanks to the Innovation Initiative for providing funding for this event.