New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020


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

Entrepreneurial Founding and Teams
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

2020 Featured Speakers

Bengt Holmstrom

Professor of Economics, MIT

2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences


Julie Shah

Associate Professor of Aero/Astro, MIT

Interactive Robotics Group Lead, MIT

Named to the TR35, one of world’s top innovators under the age of 35

Don Sadoway

Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT

Named to Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list for his accomplishments in energy storage


2019 Symposium

Highlights from last year’s inaugural New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Symposium.