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Venture Capital and Private Equity Conferences
The MIT Venture Capital Conference brings together venture capitalists, rising entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to discuss current opportunities and challenges in venture capital investing.
V/C Conference website
The MIT Sloan Private Equity Symposium provides a unique forum to address cutting-edge trends and recent developments in the private equity industry. It is one of the leading student-run private equity conferences in the country, with approximately 300 to 400 industry professionals and students attending each year.
P/E Symposium website
MIT Sloan participates in the international Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). The VCIC simulates the challenge of venture capital investing: digging through business ideas and pitches to find a winner. The competition provides an opportunity for students to evaluate real business pitches by entrepreneurs who are currently seeking funding. Diversified teams of graduate students across MIT compete to advance to the regional and international rounds.
Venture Capital Investment Competition website
MIT Sloan sponsors the Boston ACG Cup Case Competition at MIT. The ACG Cup is a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) case study competition designed to give business school students real-world experience in M&A, investment banking, and financial advisory services. MIT Sloan hosts an on-campus competition and sends the winning team to compete at the Boston competition with leading business schools in the area.
Boston ACG Cup website
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