MIT Sloan ‘Massachusetts Tech Trek’ shows signs of a recovering economy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 14, 2003 — More than 100 MBA students from the MIT Sloan School of Management will visit more than 50 companies as part of the sixth annual Massachusetts Tech Trek, held this year from January 14-16, 2004. The Trek enables students from MIT Sloan to meet with senior executives from local technology firms to learn about their businesses operations and strategy. The 2004 Massachusetts Tech Trek has drawn a record number of both students and companies, indicating that the recovery in the economy has started to affect hiring opportunities for students at top MBA programs.

Students will visit the offices of a variety of different companies, both public and private, in the fields of hardware, software, consumer technology, wireless, communications, and biotechnology. Participating companies include name-brand companies like Bose, EMC, Oracle, PTC, Genzyme, and Biogen, as well as emerging companies such as Zipcar, edocs, and Avaki.

“We have been very impressed with the participation of leading technology and biotechnology companies for this year's Tech Trek,” said Bong Koh, the first-year Sloan MBA student who led the organizing team. “Not only did we get great companies, but almost all of them agreed to provide senior executives to meet with us. I think the record number of students participating reflects the high quality of the meetings.”

The Massachusetts Tech Trek is a completely student-run event, organized by the very active MediaTech Club at MIT Sloan. The event is sponsored by General Catalyst Partners, SolidWorks and Serono.

The company visits will be complemented by a networking event on the night of January 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Charles Hotel, Cambridge. This event is being sponsored by General Catalyst Partners and represents the first time that networking has been a major focus of the Trek. In addition to the MIT Sloan students, executives from the Trek companies will be in attendance, as well as individuals from the Greater Boston technology, life sciences, and venture community.

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