MIT Enterprise Forum - Winter Start Smart Class

When: Mon January 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Organization: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

Location: MIT Tang Center 70 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02139


An 8-week hands on class for startups

The class is designed for start-up and early stage technology entrepreneurs looking to delve into each phase of getting their new venture going – from building their business model and properly positioning their company / products to raising capital, the Start Smart Series provides the opportunity for a select group of entrepreneurs to learn from and network with topic experts, financiers and experienced entrepreneurs.

The Start Smart Series is a highly interactive program in which 15-20  entrepreneurs spend an evening per week with first-class experts learning how to better form and grow your  early stage ventures.

Start Smart is an opportunity to tap into the experiences and knowledge of successful investors and entrepreneurs who know what it takes to succeed. Learn more about the Start Smart Program

You will benefit from the course in many ways:

  • Learn the important steps to prepare and build your early stage venture.
  • Meet and learn from experienced topic experts, entrepreneurs and investors who are invited guest speakers and an integral component of the Start Smart learning experience.
  • Review topic readings and exercises prepared for class and receive expert and peer feedback on how to make improvements.
  • Define and refine your company mission, business model, product positioning, financial management, recruiting, partnering and sales/marketing practices.
  • Create a company pitch deck suitable for potential investors, clients, recruits, and partners.
  • Build your network through one on one interaction with entrepreneurs, investors and topic experts who you will meet in the workshop series.

Session Facilitators:

Pete McDonald, Relationship Manager at Silicon Valley Bank

Jerry O’Connor, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

Ian Carver, Founder and Principal at Sterling Woodridge Associates

1. January 28 -The Art of Getting  Started

2. February 4-The Art of Positioning

3. February 11- The Art of Building Your Team

Please note – no class on February 18, President’s Day

4. February 25 - The Art of Building Your Business and Financial Model

5. March 4- The Art of Raising Capital

6. March 11 -The Art of Developing Your Go to Market Strategy

7. March 18 – The Art of Pitching (Investors, Partners and Customers) 

8. March 25 – Mock Investor Presentation Sessions

From recent attendees:

“Great speakers who were very willing to share their expertise and offer feedback on all aspects of the start up. I learned a lot from the other participants. The facilitator created a very democratic and supportive environment. I highly recommend this program.”

“To hear from someone who has actually walked the journey of building a company gave me a sense of reality that will stay with me.”