It all starts here.
Innovation, high technology, and biotechnology. Startups, global enterprises, and venture capitalists. The Cambridge–Boston area is legendary for its infrastructure of invention. Thomas Edison applied for his first patent here. Alexander Graham Bell developed the telephone here. The first computers, the Internet, and, fittingly enough, the term “computer bug” all started here.
In the 21st century, that heritage of innovation is transforming the future. Cambridge is an international center for the biotech industry, thanks to the dense population of research universities and the presence of such landmark companies as Genzyme, Merck, Pfizer, Biogen, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and more than 100 other biotech firms surrounding MIT. Global powerhouses like Novartis, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and Mitsubishi have located facilities in Kendall Square because of the fertile climate of invention. A roster of new and established firms is drawn to the area every year.
Celebrate culture, nature, sports, and the arts.
Many fellows consider the program’s location in metropolitan Boston to be one of its major plusses. The city is one of the nation’s premier centers for arts and culture, with world-renowned music ensembles like the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Handel and Haydn Society, as well as scores of museums like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the Children’s Museum, and the Institute’s own MIT Museum.
You will also find rich and varied opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boston looks out to sea, and fine urban beaches are just a short subway ride away. You can sail and row, bicycle and ski, play tennis and hang-glide, all close to home. Further afield, dramatic coastline stretches along the north and south shores of Massachusetts, from Truro to Gloucester. North and west, the mountains offer exquisite scenery and recreation activities during all four seasons. New England’s storied autumn color attracts thousands of “leaf peepers” every year.
Boston is also one of the nation’s great sports towns, with legendary football, baseball, basketball, and hockey teams. And its relatively young soccer club, the New England Revolution, is fast building a loyal following.
I always knew I wanted to do big things with my life. As a Sloan Fellow I gained a deeper understanding of how the world works—economics, finance, ‘the Street’—but I also learned about poverty, sustainability, and social issues. I gained a clearer more actionable vision of how to make the world a better place.Mikko Uusitalo, SF ’08
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