Membership for Organizations

Creating the next generation of innovation-driven entrepreneurs

The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship has a global reputation for leadership in the field of innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Our content and approach are the foundation of what institutions and companies use globally to teach hundreds of thousands (and probably millions) how to practice rigorous, high-growth entrepreneurship.

The talent emanating from MIT is unsurpassed as its graduates have been involved in the founding of tens of thousands of companies that, in total, account for revenues that would make it the 10th-biggest economy in the world if taken as a standalone country GDP.

But that is just startups. Trust Center-trained students have taken on leadership roles in organizations such as Google, Amazon, AB InBev, Continental, the White House, sovereign wealth funds, and venture capital firms to name a few. Their mindset, skillset, and community-building way of operating helps to inject new levels of innovation-driven entrepreneurship behavior and results wherever they are needed.

“I found our organization’s funding spent to support the Trust Center to be not only the most enjoyable and interesting money spent understanding the Boston and MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem, but also the most productive.”

 

THOMAS ANDRAE
former Director, 3M New Ventures

 

Multi-year commitments are crucial to our ability to think long term

The Trust Center is looking to expand our base of support to fund, sustain, and grow our program and positive impact on the world. Towards this goal, our membership program is a structured way for corporations or other organizations to engage with the center that allows your philanthropic gift to have maximum impact while also maintaining a level of engagement that is in line with your bandwidth and interests.

Trust Center members become part of our family. They visit our center often and we speak to them on a regular basis. They also attend and speak at, when appropriate, our events or others we are associated with that are of mutual benefit to both our members and the other parties involved.

We hold a joint strategy session with prospective members to understand your interests aiming to find mutually beneficial ways for your organization to engage via the Trust Center. Founding Members represent the core of our external stakeholder advisory group and are whom we consult with when we think about the center’s future.

“Over the years i have had many sources to brainstorm, test, and collaborate on with regard to corporate entrepreneurship. none have been better than the trust center and (its managing director) bill aulet.”

 

CRAIG MAXWELL
Corporate VP of Technology and Innovation, Parker Hannifin Corp.

 

Membership levels

There are three levels of membership, but if you are interested in higher or lower levels of commitment, please let us know as we are always willing to discuss options. It is important to clarify that the Trust Center is a non-profit entity and not a fee-for-service organization.

All members will benefit from:

  • Adding Martin Trust Center (MTC) and affiliate experts to your network.
  • Exposure to thought leadership, talent, and other connections to help stimulate innovation in your organization.
  • Visibility and recognition on the Trust Center website, materials, and events thereby increasing your presence, but also creating serendipitous interactions that can often result in new opportunities, new ways of viewing markets, and the construction of new offerings and organizational designs.
  • Exposure that builds brand awareness in key groups of influencers.
  • Access to knowledge and education.

In addition, members are able to engage with the Trust Center in a number of specific ways included below in the different tiers.

* naming opportunities of programs, scholarship, and physical space upon request.

** the first 10 multi-year members at each level will be noted as “Founding Members” for the first three years of the membership program.

TIER 1: $100,000+ / year

  • Joint strategy session with your organization and the Trust Center team.
  • Assignment of an MTC staff member as point person with regard to the Trust Center and MIT in general.
  • Invitations to exclusive Member Events, including:
    • four tickets to Trust Center annual conference
    • two tickets to member workshops on MIT campus
    • VIP invitations to MIT delta v Demo Day (in Cambridge, NYC, and San Francisco / Silicon Valley)
  • Quarterly updates and thought leadership pieces from MTC experts on current topics as well as news regarding exciting and relevant happenings on and around the MIT campus.
  • Speaking engagements on campus.
  • Roundtables with MIT students.
  • Recognition on all relevant MTC materials.
  • Acknowledgement on plaque at the center.
  • Ability to issue challenges to student teams in courses, programs, or initiatives.
  • Learn direct from MIT faculty — bring your questions.
  • Discount on MIT Executive Education offerings.
  • Access to MIT talent and recruiting opportunities.
  • Connect with other Trust Center members.
  • “Hot desking” opportunities when in Boston (as can be accommodated within reason).

TIER 2: $50,000 – $99,000 / year

  • Joint strategy session with your organization and the Trust Center team.
  • Invitations to exclusive Member Events, including:
    • two tickets to Trust Center annual conference
    • one ticket to member workshops on MIT campus
    • VIP invitations to MIT delta v Demo Day (in Cambridge, NYC, and San Francisco / Silicon Valley)
  • Quarterly updates and thought leadership pieces from MTC experts on current topics as well as news regarding exciting and relevant happenings on and around the MIT campus.
  • Roundtables with MIT students.
  • Recognition on all relevant MTC materials.
  • Acknowledgement on plaque at the center.
  • Learn direct from MIT faculty — bring your questions.
  • Discount on MIT Executive Education offerings.
  • Access to MIT talent and recruiting opportunities.
  • Connect with other Trust Center members.

TIER 3: $25,000 – $49,000 / year

  • Invitations to exclusive Member Events, including:
    • one ticket to Trust Center annual conference
    • VIP invitations to MIT delta v Demo Day (in Cambridge, NYC, and San Francisco / Silicon Valley)
  • Quarterly updates and thought leadership pieces from MTC experts on current topics as well as news regarding exciting and relevant happenings on and around the MIT campus.
  • Recognition on all relevant MTC materials.
  • Acknowledgement on plaque at the center.
  • Learn direct from MIT faculty — bring your questions.
  • Discount on MIT Executive Education offerings.
  • Connect with other Trust Center members.

“THE TRUST CENTER AND ITS EXPERTS HAVE TOTALLY CHANGED OUR PERSPECTIVE ON HOW TO STRUCTURE OUR ORGANIZATION GOING FORWARD. I FIND THEM AN INVALUABLE THOUGHT AND IMPLEMENTATION SOUNDING BOARD.”

 

STEVE DUNLOP
Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

Annual Trust Center / MIT Calendar

Fall Semester

Independent Activities Period (IAP, every January)

Spring Semester

  • Classes
  • Annual Conference
  • Celebration of Entrepreneurship
  • Speaker Series
  • other programs

Summer