SOURCE: MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

November 10, 2011 07:30 ET

MIT Venture Capital Conference to Explore the Intersection of Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Economic Growth

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - On Friday, November 18, the MIT Venture Capital Conference will bring together venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, industry specialists, academics, and students from top-tier business schools around fast-paced panels and hard hitting keynotes that explore the intersection of entrepreneurship, venture capital and economic growth.

Now in its 14th year, this year's theme is Jumpstarting an Innovative Economy -- How Entrepreneurship and Capital can Spark Innovation and Create Employment. This all-day conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Cambridge in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.

Slated keynote speakers are:

  • Kenneth Hap Klopp, Founder, President and CEO of North Face
  • Brad Feld, Co-Founder, Foundry Group, Mobuis Venture Capital, Intensity Ventures, and TechStars
  • Chris Gabrieli, C-Founder, GMIS; Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners; Chairman, Massachusetts 2020

Panels will include:

  • Social Media Valuations: Justified, or insane? The outlook for Social Media 2.0
  • Emerging Technologies: What will be the next breakthrough?
  • Energy: Has Cleantech lost its luster?
  • Mobile: Speech and the future of mobile interfaces
  • Emerging Market: Brazil, a market of opportunities for venture capital
  • Healthcare: How venture capitalists are generating financial returns and promoting advances

A Startup Showcase will spotlight early-stage business exhibits from sectors including emerging technology, healthcare, mobile, social media, and energy. As part of this networking event, entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to explain their business, pitch in front of venture capitalists, display their products, learn from the MIT network, and find growth opportunities. For more information or to register, please visit:

Conference attendees are also encouraged to participate in Idea Storm, a mass brainstorming session designed to stimulate conversation about individual business ideas and possible new startups.

The 14th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference is organized by the MIT Sloan Venture Capital and Private Equity Clubs.

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:
    Paul Denning
    Director of Media Relations
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    Patricia Favreau
    Associate Director of Media Relations
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