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Webinar: University Startups: Best Practices

July 28, 2009
Update: The presentation materials are available here: (thanks to Jack Pincus, via Twitter)

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) is hosting a webinar on university spinouts and the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem:

What Are Universities Doing to Create and Fund University Startups: Best Practices

The MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT)


Edward B. Roberts (David Sarnoff Professor of the Management of Technology MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder/Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center)

MIT alumni have founded 25,800 currently active companies that employ about 3.3 million people and generate annual world sales of $2 trillion. Professor Roberts will focus his presentation upon his recent major report "Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT", which discusses MIT's "production" of many thousands of alumni entrepreneurs. Beyond the widespread economic impact, he will portray the internal MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem (including courses, clubs, and more important the institutional values and policies) that has so strongly influenced this growing outflow of new enterprises. As the founder or co-founder of many of these contributing MIT organizations, Professor Roberts is ideally suited to communicate how the MIT case study can provide some transferable guidelines for other universities that desire to increase their entrepreneurial output. The webinar will help you understand the entrepreneurial impact that universities can have.

COST: Free, but registration required

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual and a regular phone line to hear the audio. Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: This webinar is open to the public and anyone interested in the Innovation Economy and what universities are doing to create startups in their region is invited to attend.

To download the report "Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT" go to


Edward B. Roberts

(David Sarnoff Professor of the Management of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management, Founder/Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center)


A long-time expert on entrepreneurial endeavors, Edward Roberts has literally written the book on high-tech business creation and growth. His "Entrepreneurs in High-Technology: Lessons from MIT and Beyond" (Oxford University Press, 1991) won the Association of American Publishers Award for Outstanding Book in Business and Management. Roberts is Founder and Chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and for over 30 years chaired MIT Sloan's Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group. He co-founded and, for nearly 20 years, co-chaired the mid-career MIT Management of Technology (MOT) Program. Over the past 45 years, Professor Roberts has become internationally known for his research, teaching, and active involvement in many aspects of technology management, including technology strategy, corporate venturing, product innovation management, and technology-based entrepreneurship.

When not occupied with his MIT responsibilities, Roberts is actively involved as a co-founder, board member and angel investor in many high-tech start-ups. Roberts co-founded and was CEO of Pugh-Roberts Associates, an international management consulting firm specializing in system dynamics, strategic planning, and technology management, now a division of PA Consulting Group. He co-founded and is a director of Medical Information Technology, Inc., a leading producer of healthcare information systems. He also co-founded and serves as a director of, Inc., a leading Chinese Internet firm. In addition, Roberts co-founded and, for 20 years, served as a General Partner of the Zero Stage Capital and First Stage Capital Equity Funds, a group of venture capital funds investing in early-stage technology-based firms, and later co-founded CommonAngels, the largest angel group in Massachusetts. He has been a co-founder and/or director of numerous emerging technology companies including Advanced Magnetics, Pegasystems, PR Restaurants, Interactive SuperComputing, Visible Measures, DynoMedia (Beijing) and EdTech Networks. Roberts has authored 170 articles and eleven books, the most recent being "Innovation: Driving Product, Process and Market Change" (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2002). Roberts holds four degrees from MIT, including the PhD in Economics.