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Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2017 IAP Offerings

A listing of courses and activities during the January Independent Activities Period


6.906 StartMIT: Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
15.S21 Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures
6.914 Project Engineering
6.S096 Mobile Virtual Reality Development Challenge
15.339 Distributed Leadership Workshop

MIT fuse
Basics of Obtaining a Patent 2017
Business information for engineers and scientists
Customer Financing and Other Creative Ways to Fund Your New Venture
Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others
Get a Patent on your Invention & Turn it into a Startup!
Intellectual Property Pitfalls for Entrepreneurs
Fundamentals of Science and Technology Public Policy Making: MIT Sci/Tech Policy Bootcamp
Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Internet of Things Applied to Healthcare
Lag-User Method: Using Late Adopters as a Source of Innovative Ideas
Law and Technology: Know Your Rights
MIT Bio-Maker Workshop
MIT VMS Boot Camp Series – Kent Summers Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales
15.S21 Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures
Patent Law Essentials: What Scientists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs Need to Know
Social Impact Analysis for New Ventures
Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs
The Right Legal Steps When Starting Your Company
The Startup Code 2017
Waste Management 101: Where Does Our Trash Go?



6.906 StartMIT: Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Date/Time: Jan. 9–22 at 9 am–5 pm
Room: 34-101

Undergrad (IAP)
(Subject meets with 6.936)
Prereq: None
Units: 4-0-2 [P/D/F]
Pre-register for IAP Final presentation TBA

Spend IAP learning what it takes to launch a startup, make a good pitch, develop your funding strategy, contribute to a successful team or company, and more at StartMIT.

In this 2 1/2-week class, you will work closely with our team of entrepreneurs and innovators, including MIT Prof. Bob Langer, the most cited engineer in history; Mike Evans, Cofounder of Grubhub; and Leslie Dewan, Cofounder and CEO of Transatomic Power. You’ll also learn about the Boston, New York, and San Francisco innovation ecosystems, and will visit successful startups in Boston and Cambridge. Several students will also have the opportunity to participate in a spring break trip to the Bay Area.

To learn more, visit the StartMIT website

15.S21 Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

Date/Time: Jan. 24–26, 31 & Feb. 2 at 6–9 pm
Room: 10-250

Dates are fixed but check individual session information in January as content may be moved around based on speaker availability.

This year is the 28th annual offering of the Nuts and Bolts IAP course. Ranked by INC Magazine as one of the “10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America.” Nuts and Bolts is the largest entrepreneurship class taught at MIT and the oldest ongoing IAP offering on new ventures.

Instructors: Joost Bonsen, Joe Hadzima
Info: Nuts & Bolts website

6.914 Project Engineering (ESD.052)

Undergrad (IAP)
Engineering School-Wide Elective Subject
(Offered under: 6.914, 16.669)
Prereq: 6.911 or permission of instructor
Units: 1-2-1 [P/D/F]
Credit cannot also be received for 1.040
Pre-register for IAP TBA

Students attend a four-day off-site workshop where an introduction to basic principles, methods, and tools for project management in a realistic context are covered. In teams, students create a plan for a project of their choice; past projects include Debris Removal in Haiti and Food Preparation Robot for Restaurants. Develops skills applicable to the management of complex development projects. Topics include cost-benefit analysis, resource and cost estimation, and project control and delivery. Case studies highlight projects in both hardware/construction and software. Preference to students in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.

6.S096 Mobile Virtual Reality Development Challenge

Date/Time: Jan. 17–19, 23, 25, 27, 30 & Feb. 1 at  7–9 pm (Final competition is on Feb. 2 at 7–10 pm)
Room: TBD
Application Process: Apply with a team of 2-3 and a preliminary project proposal. This is simply an idea for an application they’d like to create.
Register: Sign-up here by Dec. 9 and pre-register on WebSIS

Level: U, 6 units
Prereq: 6.0001, 6.01 or 6.009, or equivalent programming experience | VR Experience is a plus

This class will provide an introduction to development for Virtual Reality through Unity. Students will have the chance to hear from industry experts and use cutting edge technology to build projects for the final competition. Teams of 2-3 will build an immersive VR experience based on the teachings and techniques from the class. The class will conclude with a final judging and demo day and prizes. Enrollment is limited. Previous programming experience is expected. Bring charged laptop to class.

Instructors: Eswar Anandapadmanaban, Ryan Senanayake, Michael Shumikhin
Contact: vriap@mit.edu

15.339 Distributed Leadership Workshop

Graduate (IAP)
Prereq: None
Units: 2-0-4 [P/D/F]
Pre-register for IAP Lecture: TWR8.30-6 (MEETS 1/17-/19) (E62-233) or TWR8.30-6 (MEETS 1/24-1/26) (E62-233) or TWR8.30-6 (MEETS 1/31-2-2) (E62-233)

Focuses on the key leadership capabilities needed in today’s increasingly decentralized organizations: sense-making, relating, visioning, and inventing. Through conceptual discussions, small group exercises, and self-reflection, helps students understand leadership capabilities, evaluate their leadership strengths and weaknesses, articulate their values and aspirations, and practice developing leadership skills in interaction with class members.

Instructors: D. Ancona, T. Malone, W. Orlikowski


MIT fuse

MIT fuse (formerly known as StartIAP) is a 3 1/2-week hands-on startup experience designed for students and small teams looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur and start the path towards becoming a company.

The program is:

  • Customized to your needs
  • Workshops NOT lectures
  • Hard work NOT homework
  • A chance to see whether or not you like the startup and entrepreneurship lifestyle
  • A place to learn tactics that are useful today and valuable beyond startup life

During IAP, the MIT fuse cohort of teams all but takes over the entire Martin Trust Center. You’ll have significant time devoted to mentorship from our Entrepreneurs in Residence and learn from founders who are six to eighteen months “ahead” of you.

MIT fuse will focus on:

  • Storytelling and pitching
  • Primary market research (PMR)
  • Digital marketing
  • Prototyping without coding
  • UX and testing
  • PLUS learning how to work with your co-founders

Who are we looking for to join us at MIT fuse?

  • MIT founders and teams with new ideas in any industry … Let’s do this!
  • Experienced teams who want sophisticated mentorship
  • Students who have taken classes such as 15.390, 6.399, E-ventures, etc. (NOT a pre-requisite, just a for example)
  • Committed founders that are current MIT studentsTeams may have non-MIT founders, but must have at least one MIT student as a founder
  • Solo founders may apply but have a decreased likelihood of acceptance into MIT fuse


  • Nov.9 – Applications open
  • Dec. 2 – Applications close at 12 pm
  • Dec. 8 – Accepted and Waitlist teams contacted
  • Dec. 12 – Accepted teams must confirm participation by 12 pm
  • Jan. 9 – MIT fuse begins (detailed schedule coming soon)
  • Feb. 3 – Final day of program

To learn more, email mitfuse@mit.edu or visit the website

Basics of Obtaining a Patent 2017

Date/Time: Jan. 23 at 10:30 am–12 pm
Room: 4-163
Enrollment: Limited to 100
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 23

Come hear Jack Turner, Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office and patent attorney Sam Pasternak, discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents. This popular session covers a bit of patent history and a lot about current practices, processes, and issues surrounding obtaining a patent; the focus is on the process used at MIT for ideas/inventions developed by the MIT community. A portion of the session is devoted to questions and answers. If you think you will ever invent something, you need to be here.

Sponsors: Libraries, Technology Licensing Office
Contact: Anne Graham, 10-500, 617 253-7744, grahama@mit.edu

Business information for engineers and scientists

Date/Time: Jan/19 Thu 04:00PM-05:00PM
Room: 14N-132
Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/19. Limited to 30 participants.

This session will introduce engineers and scientists to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas, how to find partners, and sources for financial support.  We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

Please Register for this class.

If your interests are focused on bioscience, consider our related session on Biotech business information, offered January 11, 2017, 11 am – 12 pm.

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Howard Silver, 14S-134, 617 253-9319, HSILVER@MIT.EDU

Customer Financing and Other Creative Ways to Fund Your New Venture

Date/Time: Jan/18 Wed 06:00PM-07:00PM
Room: 32-144
Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

The most common method of financing is one of angel and institutional money from VC and PE firms. However, not all businesses are a fit for these types of funding sources. Roughly 1% of the companies attract any angel/VC—so what do other ventures do? How did ventures get off the ground before the 1950s when the VC industry started taking hold?

Customer-funding is an attractive, non-dilutive method of funding. There is, of course, the chicken-and-egg problem of not having products to sell to customers, but needing funding to create the products. There are many ways to handle this—I will share one method Aerva used to receive customer funding early on.

Typically first customers are much larger than your new venture—and it may seem inconceivable why a larger entity might want to work with a smaller entity or a startup. In fact, startups have a lot more leverage than their founders may realize. Therefore, one can negotiate a win-win scenario, which can help your financing situation.

Along the way, there are many traditional, non-VC funding sources one can tap into, in particular once positive revenue trends can be demonstrated. After break-even and positive cashflow, even more funding sources become available, from bank loans, to institutional capital, which may even start chasing you, rather than the other way around.

Register today!

Sponsor(s): Alumni Association
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

Date/Time: Jan. 19, 24, 26 & Feb. 2 at 12:30–4:30 pm
Room: 32-124
Enrollment: Limited to 60. For more information, see the IAP listing.

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing our new IAP series on leadership development.

Join us for this inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments.

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Council.

Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program.

  • Leading New Teams (Thurs., Jan. 19)
    Turn a smart group of people into a committed and effective team!  This isn’t easy and it won’t happen naturally. Equips students with a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.
  • Motivating and Developing Others (Tues., Jan. 24)
    The heart of leadership is the ability to inspire people without relying on authority. Only one in ten practicing managers are skilled in motivating others. Learn how to engage and develop people to deliver their best work.
  • Mastering Constructive Conflict (Thurs., Jan. 26)
    In a safe group environment, conflict can engender innovation, trust, and learning. This workshop will focus on encouraging constructive conflict.
  • Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths (Thurs., Feb. 2)
    These workshops assume that anyone can learn to lead. This final session focuses on mapping a pathway to leadership for the good others and oneself.

Instructor: David Niño
Contact: David Niño, 35-433k, 617-324-4677, dnino@mit.edu

Fundamentals of Science and Technology Public Policy Making: MIT Sci/Tech Policy Bootcamp

Date/Time: Jan. 23–26  at 9 am–3 pm & Jan. 27 at 9 am–12 pm
Room: 56-114 (location TBD on Jan. 27)
Enrollment: Limited to 30. Participants should attend all sessions, but it is not mandatory.
Register: Sign-up here by Dec. 9

This activity examines the public policy behind, and the government’s role in the science and technology based innovation system. Emphasis placed on the U.S. S&T system, but international examples discussed. The seminar aims to equip those planning careers in and around science and technology with the basic background for involvement in science policymaking.

We cover the following topics: 1) Drivers behind science and technology support: growth economics, direct and indirect innovation factors, innovation systems theory, the “valley of death” between R&D and public-private partnership models; 2) Organizing framework behind US science agencies, their missions and research organizational models, and the DARPA model as an alternative; 3) The way innovation is organized when it’s face-to-face; 4) Barriers and challenges to health science advance; 5) The energy technology challenge – how the science/tech innovation system needs to be organized to meet it within an existing and established complex economic sector; and 5) Upcoming competitiveness challenge in advanced manufacturing.

Instructor: William Bonvillian, Director, MIT DC Office
Sponsor: Political Science
Contact: Gyung Hoon Kang (Kenny), gkang@mit.edu

Get a Patent on your Invention & Turn it into a Startup!

Date/Time: Jan/11 Wed 02:00PM-03:30PM
Room: 3-133
Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/11

You’ve invented something really cool. Can you get a patent?  Can you create a company around it?

Christopher Noble (MIT Technology Licensing Officer) will help you learn how and when to file a patent (and if you need to) and how your startup can spin the invention out from MIT and get that coveted “exclusive license”.

Christopher will also show you how the MIT Technology Licensing Office can help you; and will tell you what investors are looking for when they ask you:  “What about your IP?”

To register for this event please contact Katrina Khalil via email: kmkhalil@mit.edu

Sponsor(s): Technology Licensing Office
Contact: Katrina Khalil, NE18-501, 617-253-6966, kmkhalil@mit.edu

Intellectual Property Pitfalls for Entrepreneurs

Date/Time: Jan/24 Tue 06:00PM-07:30PM
Room: edX, Location may change. Re-check listing on the 17th.
Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/17. Limited to 24 participants.
Prereq: Basic understanding of copyrights, trademarks, and patents

A short seminar discussing intellectual property pitfalls that entrepreneurs at early-stage companies can fall into. The purpose of the course is not to teach IP law, but to give a few examples of issues that we have seen entrepreneurs run into in the past so that students have a better sense of what to look out for. The course is run by two MIT alumns, Anant Saraswat, a practicing IP litigator, and Piotr Mitros, a successful serial entrepreneur.

If you have specific things you’d like covered, please do email us in advance of the course, and we will try to accomodate if they are within our background. As a seminar-style course, we hope to see a good, free-ranging discussion, so bring your questions to the session as well.

As a prerequisite, you should know what patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are. Students without this background may take a short (<1 hour) online course on the basics of IP law on edX, which we will release mid-January.

Sponsor(s): edX
Contact: Piotr Mitros, 617-395-7963, pmitros@mit.edu

Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Internet of Things Applied to Healthcare

Date/Time: Jan. 17–20 at 1:30–5:30 pm
Room: 8-205
Enrollment: Limited to 24. Participants must attend all sessions.
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 13

Please bring your laptop and phone to all sessions.

This course introduces the main tools useful to kick-off a startup project. We focus on the potential use of Internet of Things in healthcare systems. Students will be asked to bring ideas to the class to use for their projects. Each student will introduce their idea to the class. Groups will be created and students will join the project they prefer. Complementary profiles will be encouraged to work together.

Each session consists of a theoretical followed by a practical part, during which students will apply the theory to their own projects. They will be evaluated based on a written report and group presentations. Throughout the course, students will be asked to use collaborative web and social media tools.

  • S1: Basics of Entrepreneurship – Value Proposition in Healthcare-Business Model Generation
  • S2: Technology Transfer to Market – Internet of Things Applied to Healthcare
  • S3: Refining the Projects – Elevator Pitch
  • S4: Presentations and Discussion

This course is tailored for those interested in basic tools of creating startups. It is inspired by some of the most successful courses in the MIT Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. It provides an overview of material and tools that teams can use to develop a business model and prepare an elevator pitch.

Instructors: Dr. Abdelkrim Doufene, Research Scientist, IDSS; Sara Jahanmir, Research Affiliate, Chemical Engineering; Shabir Hassan, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT/Harvard Medical School
Sponsor: MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Abdelkrim Doufene, doufene@mit.edu

Lag-User Method: Using Late Adopters as a Source of Innovative Ideas

Date/Time: Jan. 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 & 20 at 9 am–12 pm
Room: 2-135
Enrollment: Limited to 25. Participants must attend all sessions.
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 5

The course will apply the “Lag-User Method” as a tool for students to involve late adopters of technologies in idea generation and new product development.

The Lag-User Method is an innovative new product development method, developed and tested in numerous fields (technologies, services, consumer goods and many more). It was created in cooperation with business schools across various countries and has been published in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, the Wall Street Journal, and other international media.

Prior to class, students will be asked to select a technology that is mature in its life cycle. In teams of 3 or 4, they will select one technology and will apply the “Lag-User Method” to understand the late adopters of that technology and explore which new ideas/improvements provided by late adopters could result in a faster diffusion.

The class consists of theoretical lectures by the lecturer(s) as well as group work among students. The theoretical part of the class is supported by videos, guest speakers and optional reading material.

Students from different backgrounds are encouraged to work together. Some market research will be conducted outside the class hours.

Pre-course assignment will be emailed to registered students.

Instructor: Sara Jahanmir, Research Affiliate, Chemical Engineering
Sponsor: MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Sara Jahanmir, jahanmir@mit.edu

Law and Technology: Know Your Rights
A Legal Teach-in From the BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

Date/Time: Jan. 26 & 27 at 2–6pm
Room: E15-341
Register: Sign-up here or email sellars@bu.edu

The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic represents MIT and BU students who run into legal issues with their academic and innovative work. Since the clinic launched in September we’ve worked with dozens of students at MIT with their legal issues, and in this IAP class we’ll go over some common legal issues that we see, and how you can navigate them to effectively research, experiment, publish, and share your work.

Some of the issues we’ll go over include:

  • Intellectual property: What are copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets, and how does the law allows you to use the intellectual property of others?
  • Hacking laws: What laws govern the access to computers and networks, and how do these laws apply to common computer research techniques and methods?
  • Data privacy: What laws limit the gathering and use of different types of information, and how can a innovator ensure their project complies with those laws?
  • Internet laws: Just what are terms of use and privacy policies, and do I have to worry about them when I’m working on a project?
  • FOIA and public records: How can I use the law as a research tool for my project?
  • Academic freedom and the law: What special laws and protections are there for academics, researchers, and students?

We’ll also solicit other topics from the group on the Thursday session to be discussed in the Friday session. Discussions and presentations will be lead by the staff and students of the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic. The class format and style is based on the popular 2014 IAP class Coders Know Your Rights, which clinic director Andy Sellars co-taught with Kit Walsh, Kate Darling, Nathan Matias, and Wendy Seltzer.

MIT Bio-Maker Workshop

Enrollment: Apply for enrollment at; mitbiomakers.com. Sign-up by 01/01. Limited to 60 participants.
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

Join other self-motivated students with a love for biology and maker-culture for our four week course, designed to nucleate the community of biological-hackers at MIT. You’ll leave our workshop with an experimental action plan outlining proof of concept experimentation to allow you to pursue your chosen topic independently come the spring.  Teams with well thought-out proposals may have a chance to perform their experiments by applying for entry to a new lab class this spring from course 20; 20.S948. Teams may also be eligible to apply directly to the MIT Sandbox program immediately following the course in February.

Experimental action plans will include a formal description of the problem statement, proposed solution, and experimental protocol, crafted over four weeks with guidance from MIT faculty and local biotech industry mentors. We invite students of all backgrounds, and hope to establish collaborations between those with strong biology knowledge and others with computational/mechanical skillsets. Learn more at our website, mitbiomakers.com.

Sponsor(s): Biological Engineering, Biology
Contact: Oliver Dodd, OBDODD@MIT.EDU

MIT VMS Boot Camp Series – Kent Summers Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales

Date/Time: Jan. 13 at 8:45 am–4 pm
Room: 4-370
Enrollment: Limited
Register: Advance sign-up required. Email vmsbootcamp@mit.edu to register.

In its 6th year, this popular IAP workshop is consistently received by attendees with enthusiasm. Providing practical knowledge of “how to sell,” the Sales Boot Camp is designed to provide entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic tools for success—how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue.

The workshop is comprised of two 3-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real-world sales situations. Attendees will trouble-shoot “failed sales” Case Studies and recommend corrective action or behavior. The first session focuses on basic concepts and “tools and mechanics” required for sales focus and efficiency. The second covers more subtle aspects of selling with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome bias, build consensus, negotiate and close deals.

Kent Summers has been offering the Sales Boot Camp in collaboration with VMS since 2008. He regularly presents the Sales Boot Camp at the MIT Sloan School, the Harvard MBA program and the Wharton School of Business. Summers founded and sold three software companies in the Boston area, and since 2002 has served as a trusted mentor to dozens of MIT start-ups. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-up ventures.

Instructors: MIT Venture Mentoring Service & Kent Summers
Sponsor: MIT Venture Mentoring Service
Contact: Haley Webb, W31-310, 617-258-0720, vmsbootcamp@mit.edu

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/14. Limited to 300 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: No Pre-requisites
Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays January 24, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2, 2017
Room: 10-250 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures will be explored in this 28th annual course offering. Nuts and Bolts is the largest entrepreneurship class taught at MIT and the oldest ongoing IAP offering on new ventures.

Open to members of the M.I.T. Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. You may take the course for credit (15.s21 – 3 Units Pass/Fail) or just sign up and attend in a Not for Credit capacity – see Enrollment above.

Recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new venture, including social development ventures, and for persons wanting to get an introduction to the area. Persons planning to enter the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition should find the course particularly useful. Historically approximately 50% of the class has been from Sloan and 50% from the Science, Engineering and Architecture Schools. This “cross-school” course has resulted in the formation of $100K Competition Teams and a number of successful startups.

Web: nutsandbolts.mit.edu
Contact: Teaching Assistants, nutsandbolts-ta@mit.edu

Patent Law Essentials: What Scientists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Date/Time: Jan. 20 & 21 at 2–6 pm
Room: TBD
Enrollment: Limited to 60
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 16 (advanced sign-up preferred; walk-ins allowed)

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies. This workshop covers the basics of U.S. patent law, including the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs in science, engineering, and business are welcome. We will discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.

Some questions we will explore are:

  • What is the difference between a patent and a trade secret?
  • Which inventions are patentable?
  • What are the “novelty” & “non-obviousness” standards for patentability?
  • Why am I an author on the paper, but not listed as an inventor on the patent?
  • What if I want a patent, but my co-inventor doesn’t (or is deceased)?
  • What should I do if my patent application is rejected?
  • If someone is practicing my patent without my permission, how can I stop them?
  • If I am accused of patent infringement, what recourse do I have?
  • What questions should I ask my patent attorney?

The instructors collectively have patent experience at seven different law firms in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco & Washington DC; hold nine degrees in physics, engineering & business from MIT, NYU, Princeton & UC Berkeley; and are all pursuing law degrees from NYU.

Instructors: Stephen M. Hou (Course 6 alum), Chih-Yun (Steve) Wu, Julian G. Pymento
Sponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Stephen M. Hou, stephenhou@alum.mit.edu

Social Impact Analysis for New Ventures

Date/Time: Jan. 31 at 12:30–2 pm
Room: 9-255
Enrollment: Unlimited. No advance sign-up required.

The objective is to support new ventures and their teams integrate the financial (or private); economic (or social) and distributive (or externality) dimensions of such initiatives. We will use simple examples and group exercises to (1) assess impact of the venture/project and (2) address the informational needs of different audiences/stakeholders in the public and private sectors. The tools and skills shown could be relevant for roles such as planners, economists, managers, designers, negotiators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Instructor: Carlos de la Torre, MIT SPURS ’15
Sponsors: Department for Urban Studies and Planning; Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
Contact: Carlos De La Torre Salcedo, 9-338, 617 253-4510, cdlt@mit.edu

The Startup Code 2017 – The Fastest Ways to Grow Your Startup into a Successful Thriving Business

Date/Time: Jan/24 Tue 10:00AM-04:00PM
Room: 32-155
Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/23.

80% of Startups fail before their second birthday. This is because people build boring “Me Too” businesses and expect the crowds to flock. According to The New York Times, we get exposed to around 5,000 sales and marketing messages every day. We live in a very noisy world full of established businesses and hungry startups all fighting for the same precious customer eyeballs. This is why your business needs to STAND OUT and be different, if you want it to survive and thrive.

See full details at the main event website.

This seminar will be presented by:

  • Andrew Percey ’95, MNG ’96, Google AdWords expert, founder of Prometheus Internet Marketing and advisor to the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
  • Kenny Goodman, business growth mentor and founder of Find The Edge
  • Kevin Hart, Creative Director and partner at HB/EMA Boston
  • Nick Salvatoriello, HubSpot Trainer and Principal at Nick Sal Inbound Consulting
  • Adrienne Richardson, Facebook Guru and Owner of ARE Media
  • Andrea Warner, Andrea Warner, President/CMO of Haven Warner, Past-President of WhichTestWon.com

*a light lunch will be provided from noon to 1:00 p.m. generously sponsored by McDougal Architects  and Tempus Fugit Law

Register today!

Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs

Date/Time: Jan. 25 & 26 at 1–4 pm
Room: E51-145
Enrollment: Unlimited. No advance sign-up required. Participants must attend all sessions.

This course intends to expose students to a broad range of tax issues students will encounter shortly after graduation as an entrepreneur or an employee. For a new employee, taxes are an important consideration in decisions regarding deductions and retirement savings (through employee and employer contributions such as 401k’s IRAs, etc). Taxes also feature prominently in decisions with respect to stock option-based compensation. Also, tax related issues for U.S. taxpayers working overseas will be addressed. For the entrepreneur, taxes also influence a new business venture’s choice of entity: Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship. Instructor: Howard Mandelcorn is a partner at the Hutchings Barsamian Mandelcorn LLP law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Instructors: Joseph Weber, Professor of Accounting, Howard Mandelcorn – LL.M.
Sponsor: Sloan School of Management
Contact: Lisa Monaco, E52-140, 617 253-3572, lmonaco@mit.edu

The Right Legal Steps When Starting Your Company

Dates/Time: Jan. 11 at 12–1:30 pm
Room: 3-270
Enrollment: Limited to 100
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 9

What legal steps do you need to take as you spin your technology out of MIT?  How do you divide the equity between founders?  When should you incorporate and in what form?  What contracts do you need to have in place?  How do you ensure the right legal protection as you proceed? What minefields should you avoid?

Come and discuss these topics with a panel of legal experts and MIT entrepreneurs who have spun-out their Deshpande Center projects into companies. Lunch will be served.

Instructor: Leon Sandler, Executive Director, Desphande Center
Sponsor: Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
Contact: Cory Harris, E70-1273, 617 253-0943, charri89@mit.edu

Technology Innovation Accelerator

Date/Time: Jan. 10, 12, 17 & 19 at 1–5 pm
Room: NE45-20
Enrollment: Limited to 24. Advance sign-up required by Jan. 6. Participants must attend all sessions.

Do your innovative ideas get the attention they deserve? Would you like to refine those ideas and pitch them to a panel of technology experts, “Shark Tank” style? In this interactive technology innovation accelerator, you will have an opportunity to work with peers and experts to generate hundreds of new ideas to present, evaluate, refine, and ultimately transform into system concepts that solve relevant and challenging problems.

We will discuss techniques and tools for brainstorming and concept development, provide technical presentation skills training, and provide lectures on this year’s technology focus: all things security. Students will be assigned mentors from both industry and government labs. This is the perfect opportunity to practice innovation, to hone your skills for future innovative research and entrepreneurship, and to network. Students may also have opportunities for research funding, internships/full-time positions with participating companies/labs, and startups.

Technology Focus: Security (Physical & Cyber)

Participating companies & labs (full list will be available by Dec. 15):

  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • SimSpace Corporation
  • State Street Corporation
  • Swissnex

*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract #FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.

Instructors: Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo, William Kindred, Dr. Crystal Jackson, Sara James, Dr. Todd Thorsen, Dr. Eric Phelps, Dr. Chelsea Curran, Dr. Kevin Cohen (Lincoln Laboratory staff)
Sponsors: MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Lincoln Laboratory
Contact: Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo, raoul.ouedraogo@ll.mit.edu

Waste Management 101: Where Does Our Trash Go?

Date/Time: Jan. 10–12 at 1–4 pm
Room: 4-159
Enrollment: Limited to 30
Register: Sign-up here by Jan. 6

This three-day session will run through the end-of-life treatment of all types of waste—trash, recycling, and compost—following their path from the trash receptacle to their ultimate end. By the end, you will walk away with a greater awareness and understanding of materials as they run through the disposal and recycling parts of their lifecycle.When:

Instructor: Ruth T. Davis, Manager, MIT Recycling and Materials Management Office
Sponsor: MIT Waste Alliance, Graduate Student Council
Contact: Hugo Uvegi, huvegi@mit.edu

This list is updated as we find out about new IAP offerings. If you know of a class that we should add, please email us at innovation@mit.edu.

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