New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Symposium


There’s never been a more important time for innovation than right now.

2019 Symposium Speaker Sue Siegel, Chief Innovation Officer at GE, and CEO of GE Ventures, was right when she spoke at last year’s Summit saying:

“The pace of change will never be slower than it is today.”

Our world is changing. 

Organizations must innovate … or risk being left behind. 

The current climate is full of challenges … and simultaneously, opportunities too. 

At the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, we understand innovation.

Join us on October 20th & 21st for our 2nd Annual New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Symposium as we explore today’s most pressing innovation challenges within the corporate environment. 

You’ll hear from many of MIT”s most distinguished thought leaders on topics relevant not only to innovation, but to today’s unique environment amidst a global pandemic. In a safe and engaging virtual environment you’ll connect with peers in leadership roles from top global organizations. 

Last year the event drew global executives from companies including Uber, Warner Media, Audi, and Michelin … just to name a few.

Tickets are available online for $199 


Our second annual Symposium will feature keynotes, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking to help you transform your organization in 2020 and beyond.

  • Explore how entrepreneurship can thrive in traditional corporate environments
  • Learn about groundbreaking insights and technologies emerging at MIT
  • Build connections with top innovators from world-leading organizations, as well as MIT students and alumni

DAY ONE – Tuesday October 20th

(all times listed are EDT)

9:00 – 9:30

Intro & Opening Remarks
Bill Aulet, Martin Trust Center Managing Director; MIT Professor of the Practice

9:30 – 10:00

Keynote: The Ethics of AI
Julie Shah, Director, MIT Interactive Robotics Group

10:00 – 10:40

Improv Opener
Dave Morris, international improv performer and teacher

10:45 – 11:25

Networking Roundtable Discussions

11:30 – 12:00

Managing Teams for Innovation
Emma Miller, People Strategy & Programs Lead, Square

12:05 – 12:25

Meditation & Movement Break

12:30 – 1:05

Keynote: Is Disruptive Innovation Overrated in Praise of Imitation?
Bengt Holmstrom, Nobel laureate; MIT Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics

1:10 – 1:30

Closing Remarks & Membership Info
Bill Aulet, Martin Trust Center Managing Director; MIT Professor of the Practice

DAY TWO – Wednesday October 21st

(all times listed are EDT)

9:00 – 9:40

Intro & Opening Workshop
Bill Aulet, Martin Trust Center Managing Director; MIT Professor of the Practice

9:45 – 10:15

Behavioral Science and Urban Mobility Innovation
Jinhua Zhao, Associate Professor of Transportation and City Planning; Director, MIT Mobility Initiative

10:20 – 10:50

Networking Roundtable Discussions

10:55 – 11:30

The Future of Work
Kit Hickey, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan; Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center
Erin Scott, Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management, MIT Sloan

11:35 – 11:50

Movement Break

11:50 – 12:20

Keynote: Electrochemical Pathways Towards Profitable Sustainability
Don Sadoway, MIT John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

12:25 – 12:55

Student Showcase

12:55 – 1:30

Closing Workshop & Final Notes
Bill Aulet, Martin Trust Center Managing Director; MIT Professor of the Practice

Agenda Highlights

Don Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT

Keynote: “The Future of Renewable Energy”


Julie Shah

Associate Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, MIT

“The Ethics of AI”


Bengt Holmstrom

Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, MIT

Nobel Prize Winner


Bill Aulet

Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

author, “Disciplined Entrepreneurship”




You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear groundbreaking insights from the top minds at MIT and beyond that are driving and impacting change within top global organizations today. 

Come see why dozens of companies have joined our Corporate Membership program since its inaugural launch less than two years ago.

Members include: 

  • Audi
  • Grupo Industrial Alfa
  • Cervin Ventures
  • Poppe + Potthoff

Tickets are available online for $199 

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 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.

Learn More About our Membership Program


Principles of Operation:

Both the Trust Center as well as MIT believe in the following Principles of Operation:

  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Experimentation
  • Honesty
  • Mens Et Manus – fusing academic and practical perspectives and contribution

Our Mission: 

At the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, our mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in innovation-driven entrepreneurship in a manner that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The focus of our education is MIT students to whom we provide proven frameworks, courses, co-curricular programs, state-of-the-art facilities, advisory services, and processes to create a rigorous, practical, customized, and integrated educational experience.

We accept and welcome our leadership role to advance the field at MIT as well as globally.

Past Events

2019 New Frontiers Symposium