Friday, November 14, 2014

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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