An interview with Patricia Cotter, executive director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, shows how the minds at MIT are developing the ideas of the future.
Why can’t technology be embedded into women’s clothing in order to monitor cardiovascular health, especially since heart disease is the number one cause of death among women globally? And why aren’t women themselves developing this “smart” technology?
These were the powerful questions three women at MIT—Alicia Chong Rodriguez, Monica Abarca, and Aceil Halaby—asked themselves back in 2015. They came together to found Bloomer Tech, a Cambridge-based startup that developed a “smart” bra with a wearable monitor for cardiovascular health. Bloomer Tech was just one of many innovative startups boosted by MIT’s student venture accelerator program, a 12-week “entrepreneurship boot camp” called delta v.
There’s an entire ecosystem at MIT that supports entrepreneurship, and a major component of that ecosystem is the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. The Trust Center’s Executive Director and Entrepreneur-In-Residence Patricia Cotter says “our student entrepreneurs are solving real problems and trying to make a positive impact on their world. Our high-touch mentoring helps them develop critical thinking skills for problem solving.” Cotter shared the following seven insights about entrepreneurship and how MIT approaches teaching it …