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Amazon to Acquire PillPack for “Just Under $1B”

MIT-founded startup PillPack (and its co-founder, former Trust Center EIR Elliot Cohen) announced their acquisition by Amazon in late June. Coverage:

“5 Lessons from PillPack’s Sale to Amazon”
written by David Frankel of Founder Collective, one of the lead investors on PillPack’s seed round back in 2013.

“Amazon’s PillPack Acquisition All Started With an MIT Hackathon”
Bloomberg relates the origin story of PillPack’s founding following MIT Hacking Medicine in 2012.

“The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Elliot Cohen”
Read how PillPack co-founder Cohen took what he learned at MIT Sloan and the Trust Center and applied it to growing the company to its acquisition by Amazon.

“Can you help our friend Elliot Cohen?”
William Brah of the Venture Development Center relates on the connections and network that assisted PillPack along the way.

Levin to lead the school’s strategic planning to greater impact, both socially and commercially, innovations developed by faculty, students, and staff.

Upcoming @ MIT

7.18 MIT Libraries: “Business Information for Engineers & Scientists”
Learn what resources are available to help understand the commercial potential of your ideas and research.

Upcoming Deadlines

7.13 Social Innovation Forum Nonprofit Accelerator Deadline
A unique opportunity for innovative nonprofits to expand networks and build capacity.

7.20 Greentown Labs Boid Ideas Challenge (Deadline Extended from June)
Searching for teams and individuals with new ways to transform the world of energy.

7.20 Translational Fellows Program: Essentials Deadline
A two-month program for MIT Postdocs to develop a business model for their research projects.

7.23 XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 Design Challenge
Looking for design concepts that can help serve global needs in one of five design areas.

“delta v Speaker Series:
Joel Wishkovsky & The Power of a Weekly Update Email”


MIT delta v Demo Day 2018 – Saturday September 8 at Kresge Auditorium

MIT E& I News

Alba, an MIT Startup, Helps Latin American Mothers Easily Find Babysitters
MIT delta v 2017 team Alba is building a better solution for busy Moms in Latin American countries.

Financial Times: 
World’s first “integrity rating” agency launched
Sigma Ratings from last summer’s MIT delta v cohort raises $2.4M seed round, will publish data focused on 500 financial groups in 16 emerging markets.

MIT Sloan News: 
A Guide to Intrapreneurship
Entrepreneurship isn’t just for startups … corporations need it now more than ever.

With a Part of His Team Working Remotely, This Founder’s Startup is Online 24/7
A look at Synaps Labs, operating in Moscow, and working out of the Trust Center.

MIT Technology Review: 
This Bra Could Save Lives
Bloomer Tech, from the MIT delta v 2017 cohort, reimagines the bra as a heart monitor, and aims to fill the data gap for women’s heart disease.

Scientists Can Track the Spread of Opioids in Sewers
But do cities want to know what lies below? MIT delta v 2017 team Biobot Analytics measures wastewater to assist urban planners.

MIT News: 
Alumni-founded Robotic Kitchen Cooks Up Tasty Meals
Spyce, a robot-assisted restaurant located in Boston, was invented to respond to a common MIT student desire: good, low-cost food.

Ethical Fast Fashion is Possible — and This Women-Led Startup is Proving It
Soko, from the inaugural MIT delta v cohort in 2012, provides artisan-made jewelry from its “virtual factory.”

These 22 Boston Startups Raised Money in June
MIT delta v 2017 team Mayflower Venues raises $450K in angel round.

AgFunder News: 
Gates-Backed Ricult Raises $1.85M
MIT delta v 2016 team improves smallholder farmer profitability with its digital tech platform in Pakistan and Thailand.


The Trust Center continues to be closed during the summer months through Labor Day weekend as we host our MIT delta v cohort for 2018. Thank you.


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E& I Events Around Boston

7.11 Mass Innovation Nights #112 at District Hall
Come see some of the region’s best SaaS and Software startups.

7.17 General Assembly presents “Digital Marketing Trends 2018”
Learn from experts what marketing trends you need to make a priority for your business.

7.26 Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge Ideation Event
Pitch your ideas in energy management and automation.

8.2 BostInno and Boston Business Journal present “Scale Up”
A panel of successful entrepreneurs share the key lessons learned and obstacles overcome when building their thriving startups.

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