Entrepreneur Leadership Workshop and Startup Clinic
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November is a Special Event month for Entrepreneurs! We are focusing the MITEF techniques for Business Model evaluation on foreign startups in an Extended daytime International event. The reviews of the Middle Eastern, African, and Asian companies will prove interesting for their similarities and their differences from the startups of DC. The focus of the event is Entrepreneurs, and the event is to be inclusive - involving more companies, more countries; more youthful entrepreneurs; more panelists; and more partner organizations than ever before. Entrepreneurs can all attend if they RSVP in time by filling in your information below. Student entrepreneurs are welcome and may take place in additional coaching activities!
GIST Initiative Entrepreneur Leadership Workshop and MIT Enterprise Forum Washington - Baltimore Startup Clinic
The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative in partnership with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington - Baltimore and infoDev at the World Bank will host a morning of events around business leadership and technology entrepreneurship.
The first session will be a series of talks and workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership. The second session will be the MIT Enterprise Forum’s signature event, the Startup Clinic, which is an international venture pitch competition in which international GIST entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures to receive feedback from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors and from the audience. The day will bring together international and DC based tech entrepreneurs, corporate executives, members of the international community, students interested in entrepreneurship and faculty members for networking, skill development, and pitching sessions.
GIST Transformer Entrepreneurship Journey
Seventeen emerging entrepreneurs are making a journey across America from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. They have been competitively selected to visit entrepreneurship and innovation hubs all over the U.S., including Washington, DC, to share high-tech inventions that will help address challenges in medicine, the environment, mobile phone technology and more. Known as “GIST Transformers,” these men and women are winners of rigorous competitions under the Global Innovations through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative, a program designed to accelerate technology commercialization and entrepreneurship through global networking, skill-building, mentorship and strategic funding.
GIST Initiative and MIT Enterprise Forum Startup Clinic Judges and Speakers
Jeff Hoffman, Co-founder & former CEO, Priceline.com, GIST Advisory Group member
Jeff is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment. He launched his first software company while still a student at Yale University. Mr. Hoffman is a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow new business ventures. Mr. Hoffman is perhaps best known as a founder and CEO in the Priceline.com family of companies, where he led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company (Priceline YardSale). LinkedIn
Jim Bagnola, President, International Leadership Group
Jim is an international speaker, an executive coach and a corporate educator. He is an expert in the field of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on the influence of thinking patterns on health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead. His personal mission has been the personal coaching of young entrepreneurs and students on six continents for the past 20 years. He is Chairman of the Board of Leaders Romania an organization committed to teaching and mentoring young European leaders and he travels globally as a frequent lecturer and coach for AIESEC, the largest student organization in the world. LinkedIn
Catherine Cook, Co-Founder, MyYearbook.com
Catherine graduated from Georgetown University, where she majored in OPIM and marketing. Catherine has been reported on extensively by CNBC, MTV, ABC News, Fox News, CosmoGIRL, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CBS. She has spoken at a number of high profile conferences, including the Foursquare conference, and spoken at events as guests of professors at Princeton University, Boston College, and Georgetown University. LinkedIn
Faysal Sohail, Venture Capitalist, CMEA Capital
Faysal joined CMEA Capital in 2002 as a General Partner, bringing with him more than a decade of senior executive experience in engineering, marketing, business development and building startups. Since 2002, he has led venture capital funding to several key startups in both the energy and technology sectors. Before joining CMEA, Mr. Sohail helped to build three companies all of which became successful through IPO, merger or acquisition. Mr. Sohail holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. LinkedIn
Scott Hartley, Early Stage Technology Investor, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Scott is an early stage technology investor at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. MDV was founded in 1983, and has $2 billion invested across companies in the web/mobile, clean-tech, and healthcare sectors. Hartley holds his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.A. in International Affairs and his M.B.A. in Economics and Finance from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to publications such as Foreign Policy, Boston Review, Forbes, and Policy Innovations. LinkedIn
Ovidiu (Ovi) Bujorean, Vice chairman MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC & Baltimore and Innovation Program Manager for the GIST Initiative will moderate the event.
About The GIST Initiative
The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative is one of CRDF Global’s programs that advances entrepreneurship through global networking, skill-building, mentorship and seed funding with a geographic focus on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions. The GIST Initiative forges links at the individual and institutional levels among technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, and the marketplace to improve quality of life through economic prosperity. The GIST Initiative is implemented by CRDF Global and funded by the U.S. Department of State. www.gistinitiative.org
infoDev is a global partnership program within the World Bank Group which works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction. We do this in partnership with other development programs, with World Bank/IFC colleagues, and with stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors in the developing world. www.infoDev.org
About The U.S. Department of State
The United States Department of State is committed to shaping and sustaining a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and fostering conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of people everywhere. One important way that the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) achieves this objective is by managing innovative programs that equip the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technical entrepreneurs with the skills to succeed. Please visit the OES website for more information on Bureau activities. www.state.gov/e/oes/index.htm