MIT Sloan forum in Beijing to focus on technology innovation and entrepreneurship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 1, 2014—As the economy grows in China, entrepreneurs are playing a key role in that development. However, they face many challenges, including a cultural focus on efficiency over innovation. To address these issues, MIT Sloan School of Management will host a Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on May 17 in Beijing.

“Entrepreneurship is critical for China’s economic development, yet entrepreneurs have to overcome many hurdles,” says MIT Sloan Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning Yasheng Huang. “Many of those issues are ones faced by all founders, such as retaining good employees and navigating government bureaucracy, but those in the technology sector are pioneering new territory in China.”

The Forum will focus on topics like how to create funding systems for radical innovation, how to judge the investment value of tech startups, how capital can support technology entrepreneurship programs, how to translate technology innovation into technology entrepreneurship, and how to use large-scale entrepreneurship competitions to incubate technology innovation.

Bill Aulet, Senior Lecturer and Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, will discuss the principles behind his new book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which will be available in Chinese translation in June 2014. This discussion will help attendees consider a comprehensive and proven framework for developing a product to launch a new venture.

Speakers include:

  • Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan Associate Dean
  • Pierre Azoulay, MIT Sloan Professor
  • Fred Hu, Chairman, Primavera Capital Group
  • Elaine Wong, Partner, Hao Capital; President, MIT Alumni Association of Beijing
  • Bill Aulet, Senior Lecturer and Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • Neil Shen, Founding Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China
  • David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner, Matrix Partners China
  • Jiadong Qu, MIT Alumnus; Chairman, TecPark Development
  • Fanfeng Zhao, Shanghai Mirage Digital Technology
  • Yingyi Qian, Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
  • Guanzho Liu, Professor, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
  • Shi Xu, General Manager, NetEase Mobile Internet Department

The event follows an MIT Sloan Forum held in March focused on China’s growth and social impact. The event is part of the long-running MIT-China Management Education Project based out of the MIT Sloan Office of International Programs, which was established to strengthen graduate management education programs and collaborations at selected Chinese universities. The May Forum is sponsored by Sloan Management Review’s China edition, in collaboration with MIT Sloan Office of International Programs. It will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Members of the media are invited to attend the MIT Forum in Beijing. To register, please contact Tao Lin at MIT Sloan Management Review China: 18602017327 or imlintao@hotmail.com

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