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Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs

August 5, 2016

by Laurie Stach, MIT Launch What is the ideal age to start a company? It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have weighed in from time to time and their answers tend to f...

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Gliding From Classroom to Market

August 1, 2016

Delivering beer and other beverages to bars in Boston and other cities with old infrastructure — where many storage cellars have no elevator access — can damage workers’ health and businesses’ bottom line. Repeatedly bouncing 160-pound kegs d...

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Growth Initiative Gives Promising Regions an Economic Boost

August 1, 2016

London had a problem. In 2013, the capital was a hotbed of entrepreneurship, rife with early-stage businesses—nearly 500,000 launching per year. It was ranked a top city for startups by Nesta’s European Digital City Index. Its visa connections, t...

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Ultra Capital Acquires EverVest (formerly Cardinal Wind)

July 25, 2016

Ultra Capital, an investment leader focused on scaling institutional investing into small and mid-sized sustainable infrastructure and real asset projects in agriculture, energy, water, and waste, is pleased to announce the acquisition of EverVest, a...

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D-Lab Scale-Ups Awards Four Fellowships Totaling $80,000 to Social Entrepreneurs

July 25, 2016

The MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowship program — which offers one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing poverty-alleviating products to market at scale — has announced its 2016 fellows. The new D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows are two MIT alumni, H...

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Building a Foundation for Tech Startups

July 14, 2016

In 2008, Krishna Gupta ’09 launched Romulus Capital, a venture capital seed firm, out of his MIT dorm room, scraping together $850,000 to invest in tech startups launched by his classmates. Today, Romulus controls $150 million in funds and other as...

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This is Woobo: A Cuddly, Robotic Friend for Kids

July 8, 2016

Educational toys: The very phrase could send some people into a boredom-induced coma. But the current generation of children may be in luck compared to those of us already fully grown. Woobo, a Cambridge-based startup, is using robotics and artificia...

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Is your meal really gluten free?

July 6, 2016

For people with celiac disease or gluten intolerances, dining out can be stressful. Even trace amounts of the protein — found in wheat, barley, and rye — in a whole plate of food can cause adverse reactions. Read the full article at MIT News.

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A Makerspace, For Students, By Students

June 30, 2016

If there is one word that embodies the spirit of MakerWorks, the all-access Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) makerspace, it would have to be “students.” Not “maker,” although of course making is the cornerstone of the space; not ...

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Xconomy Interview With GFSA Alum Natalya Brikner, CEO of Accion Systems

June 17, 2016

Natalya Brikner—space technology researcher, entrepreneur, aspiring pilot, ruthless scheduler, and lover of camping. Those are just a few of the traits I learned about Brikner in our wide-ranging conversation. Brikner is the co-founder and CEO of ...

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GFSA16 Team Rendever Marrying VR, Elder Care

June 17, 2016

When people think of virtual reality, most of them probably equate it with the ultimate gaming experience. But for folks with relatives living in elder care facilities with debilitating disease that render them immobile or confused, VR will soon serv...

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For MIT Students, an Entrepreneur in Residence With Developing World Experience

June 8, 2016

As a student 10 years ago, Sorin Grama, SDM ’07, availed himself of the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem to co-found a startup to help farmers in India keep milk and food from spoiling. Now that the company, Promethean Power Systems, is up and running...

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MIT to launch Hong Kong Innovation Node in June

June 7, 2016

MIT will announce the official launch of its new Hong Kong Innovation Node this summer with a unique hardware accelerator program designed to educate students in key areas of innovation practice. “The launch of the Innovation Node marks the beginni...

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This MIT-Based Fitness Wearable Could Change the Game Entirely

June 1, 2016

BostInno features GFSA ’15 alum company, Humon, and their product, the first thigh-worn wearable that non-invasively measures oxygen levels in muscles, in turn predicting and preventing the build-up of lactic acid from happening. That level of...

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MIT Announces New Makerspace With Support From Victor and William Fung Foundation

May 31, 2016

MIT has announced the creation of a makerspace that will facilitate connections between the MIT campus and the global community and meet the increasing demand for hands-on learning opportunities at the Institute. Made possible with support from the V...

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Startup launches theft-proof, weatherproof bikes

May 30, 2016

Avid cyclist and serial entrepreneur Slava Menn MBA ’11, an MIT Sloan School of Management alumnus, is racing ever closer to fulfilling a personal — and professional — mission to make it safer to own a bike in the city. Menn co-founded Fortifie...

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6SensorLabs Secures $9.2 Million in Series A Funding

May 20, 2016

6SensorLabs today announced it has raised $9.2 million in Series A funding led byFoundry Group, with participation from Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Mitch Kapor, and Matt Rogers, founder of Nest. The company also announced...

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Xconomy Reports on Extensive MIT Entrepreneurship Network

May 19, 2016

As part of a series of stories examining entrepreneurship on MIT’s campus and beyond, Xconomy has written an extensive story covering MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including a long look at the impact of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Ent...

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From MOOC to Bootcamp to MIT

May 19, 2016

Entrepreneurs share a lot in common: Determination. Passion. Ingenuity. And in the case of two students enrolling at MIT this fall: A path shaped by MITx. While everyone takes a different road to success, MIT’s online learning platform provided...

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Grove Wins Fortune Brainstorm Competition

May 17, 2016

Fortune went hunting on Tuesday for the coolest startup trying to turn sustainability into a business. After hearing the pitches and weighing the potential impact of their ideas, we’ve picked a winner. And the winner was…Grove! Grove CEO Gabe Bla...

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