Inventing the Future Conference

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

March 4th, 2006

Conference hosted by the MIT Public Service Center

  Thank you to all of the speakers, sponsors, partners, and participants who have made the conference a great success. Young Inventors would particularly like to thank Sally Susnowitz, Director of the MIT Public Service Center and her amazing team for all of their support, which made the conference possible - and a fabulous success.

What participants say:
"The information presented was very informative and useful. After listening to the speakers, I have become more committed than ever to launch my start-up in the next 6-12 months." - Vineet Sinha, MIT Graduate Student (

"I enjoyed being part of the conference this weekend and just wanted to say thanks again. I thought you did a terrific job, the keynote speakers were very high profile and the audience was engaged. Well done." - Paige Arnof-Fenn, Speaker, Founder and CEO, Mavens & Moguls

"Great job! The conference was a great success. Everything was top-notch and we were proud to be part of it." - Ben C. Gabin, President, Young Entrepreneurs at Tufts University

"I LOVED being at the conference!" - Panos Panay, Facilitator, Founder and CEO, Sonicbids

"I am so glad I woke up at 8 AM on this Saturday morning (I can't say that I would for many other things!). The conference seemed very organized and because of it I feel I was able to simply absorb the information all of the top entrepreneurs were pouring out. I got to schmooze with the top entrepreneurs of today, and may have made a few great contacts. I just really want to say that it was an overall great experience." - Student Participant, MIT

Keynote Speakers
Colin Angle
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iRobot

Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande
Founder and Chairman, Sycamore Networks, Inc.

Conference Speakers
Positioning Your Way to Success: How to Leverage Market Research Techniques to Find your Target Audience and Talk to Them in a Compelling Way

Paige Arnof-Fenn
Founder and CEO, Mavens and Moguls, Columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine

How to Raise Early-Stage Funding

Robert Inglese - 4 P's of Venture Capital
Vice President, Technology Seed Investments, BDC Venture Capital

David Steinberg
Senior Associate, PureTech Ventures

Writing Business Plans that Make Money

Kenneth P. Morse
Serial Entrepreneur and Senior Lecturer and Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Jonathon Scott Feit
Chief Editor and Publisher, Citizen Culture

Protecting Intellectual Property

John Lanza
Partner, Intellectual Property Practice, Choate, Hall & Stewart

Conference Facilitators

Download Facilitator Bios

- Ajay Bam, Founder and VP of Products and Services, MobileLime
- Andrew Bendheim,
Chief Operating Officer, UTEK-EKMS, Inc.
- Doug Brenhouse, Vice President Finance and Operations, MetaCarta, Inc.
- Dr. S. Thomas Emerson, The David T. and Lindsay J. Morgenthaler Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
- Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center
Download Dr. Fogarty's Curriculum Vitae
- Robert Inglese, Vice President, Technology Seed Investments, BDC Venture Capital
- Gloria Ro Kolb, President and Founder, Fossa Medical
- Panos Panay, Founder and CEO, Sonicbids

Young Inventors thanks our sponsors and partners in the event:


Breakfast Sponsors



Facilitator Reception Sponsor

Thank you to the many supporters who have helped others know about the Young Inventors' Conference!

Net Impact
The Entrepreneurial Management Institute at Boston University
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Young Professionals Advisory Board - AIChE
The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard University
Association for Enterprise Opportunity