Trish Cotter


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Trish Cotter is a Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Trish is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT and Director of delta v - a capstone program for MIT Entrepreneurship. Trish mentors students through the accelerator process for their start-up ventures and was awarded the 2018 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring.Trish was previously an executive at two emerging companies which she helped to bring public (Netezza in 2007 and Visual Networks in 1998). When Netezza was acquired by IBM for $1.8 billion in 2010, Trish served in the role of president of Netezza LLC during the integration process. She has a background in engineering, and has held various engineering and management positions at Honeywell, Computervision, Sun Microsystems, and Stratus.

Trish holds a BA in business administration from Boston College, an MBA from Northeastern University, an AMP from Harvard Business School, and an MEd and EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. For her doctorate, Trish focused on work-based learning and closing the 21st century skills gap. You can follow Trish’s blog at