Entrepreneurship and Innovation are once more the main focus of StartMIT, a two-and-a-half-week workshop at the MsMIT Boston, which exposes undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs to various entrepreneurial pathways. Between January 9th and 23rd, MIT Students will learn from leaders in innovation, participate in activities to refine their projects, and attend events with alumni and other leaders in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. The MIT Portugal National Director, Pedro Arezes and Nuno Arantes Oliveira, Assistant Professor of the MIT-Portugal Program, attended as guests the first week of the workshop and engaged with entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors to explore and discuss the future of innovation.

How to launch a startup, make a good pitch, develop a funding strategy, contribute to a successful team or company, are some of the themes that will be under discussion. The event program includes nearly 70 high-profile speakers including Robert Langer, the MIT’s professor and MIT Portugal Faculty Member, who holds 1,100 issued and pending patents, being the most patented engineer in history. Professor Langer has also a h-index of 228, the highest of any engineer in history and his patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 300 companies.

StartMIT is a unique opportunity to work closely with MIT team of entrepreneurs and innovators, develop ideas and approach problems that need solving. Throughout the workshop students will be able to work alongside mentors to seek for advice and ideas and travel to several field trips to experience the startup culture. The initiative gives students an understanding of the resources and opportunities available to them during their time at MIT and beyond.  

StartMITDoug Hart (Professor at MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering and E&I Faculty Lead for the MIT Portugal Program), Pedro Arezes and Nuno Arantes Oliveira (MIT Portugal) and Christina Chase (MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor)