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IAP 2008 Activities by Category

Management and Entrepreneurship

Coolhunting and Coolfarming through Swarm Creativity
Peter Gloor, Chandrika Samarth
Thu Jan 10, 17, 03-06:00pm, E51-145

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 08-Jan-2008
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Discover what’s going to be cool—before everyone else.
In this course you will find out how to:
- discover cool trends for your field through Social Network Analysis by tapping into the collective intelligence of your potential customers (coolhunting)
- find the trendsetters who convert an innovation into a trend
- take the new trends you find and develop their business value (coolfarming)
You will also learn how to use the Condor software tool for dynamic social network analysis. As one major example we will apply microscopic dynamic social network analysis to optimizing communication flow, throughput and efficiency in hospitals.
This is a condensed version of a distributed course which has been repeatedly taught in Helsinki, Cologne, and Lecce (http://www.soberit.hut.fi/T-76.5651/).
Web: http://www.ickn.org/html/IAP.htm
Contact: Peter Gloor, NE20-336, x3-7018, pgloor@mit.edu
Sponsor: Sloan School of Management

Energy Ventures for Technologists, by Technologists
Curt Fischer, Fergus Hurley, Lara Pierpoint
Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Ever wondered what it takes to start your own company? Do you have energy technology ideas? This course is for you! Fellow technology nerds, please join the MIT Energy Club for any (or all three!) of our energy entrepreneurship seminars. We're bringing in some fascinating speakers who will de-mystify the entrepreneurship path, and tell you what you need to know and where to start transforming your technology brainstorms to marketable products. The format will be 20-30 minutes of lecture, followed by time for discussion and questions. The theme is energy, but we welcome all interests!
Contact: Lara Pierpoint, lpier@mit.edu
Sponsor: Energy Club

Putting Your Research in a Business Context
Dr. Linda Plano, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
Learn about the basic building blocks of entrepreneurship: how to create a business plan, how to pitch your plan to venture capitalists, what your team should think about as you're getting started, and more.
Tue Jan 15, 06-07:30pm, 56-154

Navigating the Sticky Issues of Intellectual Property
Gerry O'Connor, Foley Hoag LLP and Jose Estabil, MIT TLO
Gerry O'Connor, lawyer, and Jose Estabil of the MIT Technology Licensing Office will illuminate some IP issues that are vital for the budding entrepreneur. Learn what the TLO does, what you can expect from domestic and international intellectual property laws, what to do and not to do with your technology secrets, and more.
Wed Jan 16, 06-07:30pm, 56-154

Out of Academia, into Industria
Prof. Mike Ladisch (on leave) CTO, Mascoma Corporation
Hear from a professor who has successfully bridged the gap from academia to the marketplace. Dr. Mike R. Ladisch will discuss the transition of your idea space, approaching your advisor, the energy market, and more.
Tue Jan 22, 06-07:30pm, 56-154

Field study on portfolio risk for LBOs
Benjamin Frenkel, Steve Braylovsky
Mon-Fri, Jan 7-11, 14-18, 22-25, 28-1, 11am-02:00pm, TBD

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Dec-2007
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session
Prereq: NONE

Analyze acquisition strategy based on portfolio risk exposure on the dimensions of industry, size, and geography that the prospective acquisitions cover. The goal is to create a policy for how a strategic roll-up firm can best identify appropriate companies for acquisition, and optimize the deal risk involved.
Contact: Benjamin Frenkel, 617.832.5444, bfrenkel@sloan.mit.edu
Sponsor: Benjamin A Frenkel, bfrenkel@mit.edu

From Innovation To Commercially Viable Products
Afarin Bellisario
No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This course, consisting of 4 independent 2 hour sessions, will focus on the journey from an innovative concept (or proof of concept) to a commercially viable product. Each session covers an independent part of the process.

All sessions will use real examples from real world products. In addition to George, we may have other mystery guests. Throughout the course we will discuss building of a financial model to determine the viability and test a variety of scenarios.
Contact: Afarin Bellisario, (617) 899-2519, abellisario@alum.mit.edu
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering

Afarin Bellisario
o Session one is focused of identifying and selecting a target application/market. This session covers identifying opportunities, the value proposition, pricing, ,and timing
Tue Jan 8, 10am-12:00pm, 1-132

Afarin Bellisario
o Session 2 is focused on market sizing for emerging markets , target customers, channels, supply chain, and understanding of the market eco-system
Tue Jan 15, 10am-12:00pm, 1-132

Afarin Bellisario
o Session 3: Is focused on the process of product development: going from proof of concept to a manufactured product including product definition, market validation, trade offs, standards, manufacturing, and effect of delays in profitability as well as the role of partnerships and start up business models. The financial aspects of product and business are also discussed
Tue Jan 22, 10am-12:00pm, 1-132

Afarin Bellisario
o Session 4: covers legal aspects of the business. Subject covered include: IP protection, and formation of corporations, George Xixis, a patent attorney with Nutter, Mc Clennen and Fish, and MIT class of ’87 will be our guest speaker for this session.
Tue Jan 29, 10am-12:00pm, 1-132

MIT Enterprise Forum Satellite Broadcast "Are You Ready for IPO?"
MIT Enterprise Forum
Thu Jan 24, 07-08:30pm, Kresge Auditorium

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Single session event

Strategies and Steps For How and When to Take Your Company Public

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum and the NASDAQ Educational Foundation for our next Global Broadcast. "Are You Ready for IPO" will focus on:
-the issues a company must address before going public
-the pros and cons of different markets
-how the current economic landscape can help or hurt your funding strategies, and
-when is the right time for your company to make the move.

Panelists include:
Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO, Athenahealth
Jonathan Goldstein '83,'84, SM'86, Managing Director, TA Associates
Gail Goodman, President and CEO, Constant Contact

Students, faculty and staff with valid ID can attend for free. Please register at the Web page below.
Web: http://enterpriseforum.mit.edu/network/broadcasts/200801/index.html
Contact: Greg Wymer, W59, x3-2440, mitef@mit.edu
Sponsor: Alumni Association

Nuclear Energy Entrepreneurship
Mujid Kazimi, Walter Kato
Wed Jan 23, 01-04:30pm, 32-123

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

The Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems Studies (CANES) in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) is sponsoring a half-day seminar on the basic elements of organizing an independent economic venture based upon knowledge gained in the course of studying nuclear energy technology at the Institute. The purpose of the seminar is to acquaint students with the procedures for organizing market ventures, protecting intellectual properties, defining the market needs, and steps for obtaining capital to start a venture. It is planned to have experts from within MIT as well as practitioners from outside organizations who have knowledge and experience in bringing nuclear energy technology into the market.
Contact: Mujid Kazimi, 24-215, x3-4206, kazimi@mit.edu
Sponsor: Nuclear Science and Engineering

Power Up! 2.0: Energy Industry Information from the MIT Libraries
Alex Caracuzzo, Katherine McNeill-Harman, Chris Sherratt
Fri Jan 25, 01-02:00pm, 14N-132, DIRC

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 27 participants.
Single session event

Learn how to use MIT Libraries' databases and the Internet to uncover energy-related industry overviews, market research, and country statistics.
Contact: Alex Caracuzzo, E53-100, x3-5670, alex3@mit.edu
Sponsor: Libraries

Running Meetings that Work! (CLASS FULL)
Dean P. Briggs
Wed Jan 16, 23, 01-04:00pm, W92-106, Back Bay Conference Room

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)


Why do some meetings engage participants and produce great results, while others drag, seem unfocused and unproductive?
This class will provide basics plus advanced skills for running great meetings, and help you develop your meeting facilitation skills.
Topics include:
What are the different kinds of meetings?
When do you need a meeting, and when should you solve your problem another way?
Tools and techniques needed to run a meeting.
Problems that crop up in meetings, and how to deal with them.

Taught by an experienced meeting facilitator and senior manager in IS&T, who has run productive meetings with diverse groups. This class is short on theory, long on practical advice and hand-on practice.

Depending on group interest and time availability, a third session may be offered to address special topics.
Contact: Dean P. Briggs, w92-288, dpbriggs@mit.edu
Sponsor: Dean Briggs, W92-2ND FL, 617 324-5964, dpbriggs@mit.edu

Supply Chain Innovation Leadership Series (SCILS)
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

The Supply Chain Innovation and Leadership Series (SCILS) takes place during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP), a special 4-week term that starts in January.

The month-long series includes talks by industry leaders, site visits, workshops and the month-long interactive Supply Chain Challenge. During this period, MLOG students also travel to Spain for one week to visit their sister program ZLOG in Zaragoza.

Many of the SCILS speaking engagements are open to the public. If you have questions about attending, please contact MLOG Coordinator Saskia Michl.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/mlog/news/scils2008.html
Contact: Saskia Michl, E40-367, x4-6564, smichl@mit.edu
Sponsor: Center for Transportation and Logistics

SCILS - Judith Taylor - NxStage
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Supply Chain at a start-up: The challenges of success!"
Thu Jan 10, 09-10:30am, E51-057

SCILS -Simon Osbourne - VP, Logistics, 7-11 Stores
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Supply Chain at a start-up: The challenges of success!"
Mon Jan 14, 09-10:30am, E51-315

SCILS - Graham Napier - President & CEO, TradeBeam
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Global Trade Management"
Tue Jan 15, 09-10:30am, E51-315

SCILS - Tony Miliken - Chief Procurement Officer and Senior VP, Supply Chain, MeadWestVaco
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Procurement & Supply Chain Management"
Wed Jan 16, 09-10:30am, E51-315

SCILS - Alex Niemeyer - Partner, McKinsey
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Case Study in Team Leadership"
Thu Jan 17, 09-10:30am, E51-315

SCILS - Paul Hamilton -VP, Supply Chain Logistics & Technology, Pepsi Bottling Group
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Supply Chain Challenges in the Bottling Industry"
Tue Jan 22, 09-10:30am, E51-315

SCILS - Larry Smith - VP, Global Supply Chain, Becton-Dickinson
Chris Caplice, Director of CTL/ MLOG Program, Saskia Michl, MLOG Coordinator
Topic: "Global Trade Management: Strategy and Execution"
Thu Jan 24, 09-10:30am, E51-315

Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs
Howard Mandelcorn, Joseph Weber
Mon Jan 14, Tue Jan 15, Wed Jan 16, 03-05:00pm, E51-145

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

This course intends to expose students to a broad range of tax issues students will encounter shortly after graduation as an entrepreneur or an employee. For a new employee, taxes are an important consideration in decisions regarding deductions and retirement savings (through employee and employer contributions such as 401k's IRAs, etc). Taxes also feature prominently in decisions with respect to stock option-based compensation. Also, tax related issues for U.S. taxpayers working overseas will be addressed. For the entrepreneur, taxes also influence a new business venture's choice of entity: Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship. Instructor: Howard Mandelcorn is a partner at the Hutchings Baramian LLP law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Contact: Jeff Werner, jmwerner@mit.edu
Sponsor: Sloan School of Management

TechVenture Entrepreneur Conference - Startups & VC!
TechVenture Staff, Tony Eng, MIT Venture Capital and Private Equity Club
Sat Jan 26, 10am-04:00pm, Sloan E51 3rd Floor

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 20-Jan-2008
Limited to 100 participants.
Single session event

The TechVenture IAP conference is a one-day conference on the 26th Jan. We have invited top entrepreneurs who have had very successful startups in Web 2.0, Energy, and Biotech. They are here to tell you everything you should and should not do in your own startup. You will meet many other venture capitalists, investors, and MIT students at the event.

Merck, Endeca, YooNew, Ellacoya, IDG Venture, Atlas Venture, Adams Capital Management will be there!

REGISTER ONLINE AT http://www.mittechventure.com
Web: http://www.mittechventure.com
Contact: TechVenture Staff, techventure@mit.edu
Sponsor: Brianwaifung Wong, BAKER-HOUSE # 301, 617 225-7301, b_wong@mit.edu

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