"At the beginning of last semester, our G-Lab team had only a basic working knowledge regarding the underlying strategies and mechanics involved in raising and managing venture funds. A few months later, we have found ourselves having detailed technical discussions with experienced VCs regarding the nuts and bolts of their funds."
From case studies to research centers, students have access to a vast array of resources at MIT Sloan and across the wider MIT community. The list below is separated into two categories: learning and research resources like speaker series and video archives and logistical support systems like libraries and computer help. Keep in mind that these links represent just a sampling of the resources available to you across the MIT campus.
Learning Opportunities & Research Resources
Dean’s Innovative Leader Series: Opportunities for frank discussions with the leaders who are shaping the world.
Finance and Economics: Articles and lectures analyzing financial markets, recovery strategies, and other essential economic issues.
Global MIT Sloan: A network designed to give you the knowledge to conduct business and forge collaborations in every corner of the global marketplace.
Independent Activities Period (IAP): Hundreds of activities for entertainment, recreation, and learning are offered every year during the month of January — and are open to the entire MIT community.
OpenCourseWare (OCW): A free online educational resource of faculty, students, and self-learners around the world.
Research Centers: A dynamic network of interdisciplinary research groups such as the MIT Center for Digital Business and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.
MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR): Free teaching resources like case studies, simulations, deep dives, and industry, business, and country overviews.
MIT World: On-demand video of significant public events at MIT featuring many of the most influential leaders and innovators of our day.
The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative: Resources to help you understand sustainability issues and make choices that are both socially and fiscally responsible.
Logistical Resources & Support Systems
Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society (The Coop): The official bookstore of MIT and Harvard — textbooks, bestsellers, insignia items, and much more.
Information Services & Technology: Everything you need to get connected and computing at MIT.
MIT Libraries: A wide range of print and electronic materials at five libraries: Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Science, and Management and Social Science.
MIT Press Bookstore: Books and journals published by The MIT Press, as well as an intriguing selection of titles about science, technology, society, and more.
Writing & Communication Center: Free consultation for students preparing written materials of any kind.
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