StartMIT Inspires Students to Become Entrepreneurs

Welcome to StartMIT 2016!  We are very excited for this year’s two-and-a-half-week program, which exposes undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs to various entrepreneurial pathways.  We are delighted to announce that as the program has evolved and expanded to include students throughout the Institute, the program name has changed from Start6 to StartMIT.

During this IAP course, our students will hear from leaders in innovation, participate in activities to refine their projects, and attend events with alumni and other leaders in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. They will also work with mentors to seek advice and guidance on their ideas, and travel to several field trips to experience the startup culture. We are thrilled that several of the teams who have participated in our program have gone on to start their own companies and explore entrepreneurship activities. As a part of the program, our students will have an understanding of the resources and opportunities available to them during their time at MIT and beyond.

I invite you to learn more about our program through our website and I am pleased to introduce you to our planning committee.


Anantha P. Chandrakasan
Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department Head, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


StartMIT Planning Committee

Technical Program

Anantha Chandrakasan
Christina Chase
Kate Boison

Seed Funding
(through a soon-to-launch program called The MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund) 

Ian Waitz
Jinane Abounadi

Visiting Innovation Fellow 2015-16

Bob Metcalfe

Applications Website

Dorothy Curtis

Media Relations

Audrey Resutek


Myron “Fletch” Freeman


Agnes Chow
Jarina Shrestha

Logistical Support

Andreina Reyes
Myung-Hee Vabulas

MIT Innovation Initiative Interface
Steve Haraguchi
Terri Park

Special Events

Tia Giurleo
Brenda Richard

Teaching Assistant

Vladimir Kiriansky