Enabling Entrepreneurs: MIT Sloan to host 2007 Venture Capital Conference

New Entrepreneur Showcase to be held at MIT Museum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 8, 2007 — Panels and debates focusing on venture capital in enterprise software, life sciences, new media, and clean energy will highlight the 2007 Venture Capital Conference hosted by the MIT Sloan Venture Capital & Private Equity Club on Friday, November 30.

Slated keynote speakers are:

  • Frank Moss, director of the MIT Media Lab;
  • Christopher Sacca, head of Special Initiatives at Google; and
  • Diane Greene, founder and CEO of VMware

Other notable panelists representing the following organizations are also slated to take part: Advanced Technology Ventures; Common Angels; Fir Capital/DFJ Brazil; General Catalyst; General Partner; IDG Ventures; Polaris Ventures; Quattro Wireless; and Spark Capital.

Now in its tenth year, the Venture Capital Conference attracts approximately 400 participants representing venture capital professionals, corporate executives, angel investors, entrepreneurs, MBAs, and academics. Along with networking opportunities during the conference, this year's event will include a new Entrepreneur Showcase on Thursday, November 29 from 5-8pm at the MIT Museum at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. The event, which is open to the public, will allow select entrepreneurs to showcase their new products and services in high-tech, mobile, bio-tech and energy. Companies interested in taking part should contact: showcase@mitvcconference.com.

“Not every idea grows into a new enterprise,” says student organizer Bashar Mashal, MIT Sloan MBA ’08. “Successful innovations are founded by savvy entrepreneurs and enabled by the right relationships and guidance. We encourage participants to discover new entrepreneurs, enterprises, and opportunities that will enable the next generation of businesses and leaders.”

For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://www.mitvcconference.com/

For Media Inquiries

Paul Denning
Director of Media Relations
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Fax: 617-253-5875
E-mail: denning@mit.edu

Patricia Favreau
Associate Director of Media Relations
Tel: 617-253-3492
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E-mail: pfavreau@mit.edu