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unCon 2014 Session: Your Idea for Making the Eco-System Better

By Madeline Barnes
Moderators:
Scott Kirsner, Dmitri Gunn, David Parker, and Bobbie Carlton
Today,
Scott Kirsner, Dmitri Gunn, David Parker, and Bobbie Carlton lead a
thought-provoking discussion on “Ideas for Making the Eco-system Better”.
Spreading the message of start-up companies and entrepreneurs towards larger
companies, and even students, is not an easy task. This session began with the
participants giving examples of companies and organizations they know or are
affiliated with that either target aspiring entrepreneurs or larger companies,
in hopes of expansion or financial support. Some of the main discussion topics
include:
  • Missed opportunity to
    connect old school ways to new school ways:
    Innovating from different generation’s
    perspectives
  • MetroWest Tech
    sandbox:
    creating
    a mentoring relationship that help the startups helps the student
  • Resources for
    students interested in startup community:
    Educate students who are not aware of
    future business opportunities. How can we help educate students on the startup
    community? Some students are aware of  an
    idea, but need the initiative to get more involved.
  • t=0 : celebrating MIT
    innovation, this is designed to create awareness of the opportunities that
    entrepreneurship can provide,through bringing together students with the common
    interest
  • MIT Beantown Throwdows:
    gives
    them the opportunity to pitch their business and get to know each other, helping to cultivate network in the
    community. Now that entrepreneurship is present in many schools, this serves as
    one event to bring them together. Happening at District Hall on Tuesday
    November 18th
  • Work bar- Centers of
    Excellence:

    This involves connecting startups with larger organizations leading to job
    opportunities within the startup world as well as an opportunity for larger,
    more successful companies to interact with smaller ones.

Connecting
smaller startup companies to larger corporations not only provides them with
stability, whether through finance or ideas, but also helps them to connect on
a more personal level. This could lead to more mainstream and media coverage in
the entrepreneurial world, bridging the gap between small business and large organizations.
Further solutions include events such as “hackathons”, bridging the gap between
the cultural and technological community, and having entrepreneurs speak to
college students, lessening the culture and age gap that is often associated
with creating a successful business.
Scott
Kirsner said “culture is what we make it.” So, why not incorporate successful
and accessible opportunities for entrepreneurship?

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