Calling it an early night and taking a few mins to write. I have been connecting with and advising many incoming 2015 MBA students interested in entrepreneurship and wanted to share a few additional thoughts with the broader community.
The most frequent question I get asked is: What resources are available for students interested in entrepreneurship? and How do I access them?
The short answers are: Lots! and Get involved early and often!
The longer answers are more specific but by no means inclusive of all the amazing resources. If you are an incoming 2015 MBA student, check out the unofficial guide.
Take a look at the E&I track - there is information at entrepreneurship.mit.edu. I joined the E&I track because I wanted access to the 15.360 Entrepreneurship Seminar in the first semester (because 6 classes wasn’t enough in core) and the Si Valley Study tour in the spring. I actually led the SVST this year - lots of work but great results! Even if you don't join the track formally, there are many courses in the space both in Sloan and outside of Sloan.
Trust Center & Beehive
All of MIT provides tons of opportunities for industry mentors, access to investors, advice on next steps and spaces to work but the Trust Center is definitely the best first point of contact for anything entrepreneurship related. Trust Center MD, Bill Aulet just released an awesome book that my team has been using as a guide in launching our business. The Beehive (formerly a cooperative, now a community) is also an amazing student/founder community which has provided invaluable peer-to-peer advice and opportunities.
For a couple projects I worked on over the last year, my teams used VMS (Venture Mentoring Service), which has a ton of experienced committed mentors (lots of restrictions for them joining, so they have to be serious). In addition, my team was a semi-finalist in the MIT Clean Energy Prize, which hooked us up with mentors with 20-30 years of experience in the space.
Opportunity to Work with Existing Tech Startups
There are too many opportunities to talk about each (I don’t even know all of them), but the Sloan Tech Club is awesome and bring a ton of speakers in and lots of company visits etc. I lead the Silicon Valley Study Tour for the E&I track this spring and between 90 students we visited 62 startup/tech companies in the Bay Area. Many classmates received internship leads from there. The CDO (Career Center) also has plenty of tech opportunities to pursue.
Hope this helps give an idea of the entrepreneurial resources available. There are many more which are listed here for your reference. Time for bed! Goodnight.