MIT Startup Exchange Website

Terms of Use


Welcome to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Startup Exchange website (http://startupexchange.mit.edu). Please read these Terms of Use, the Community Guidelines and the Privacy Policy (collectively, "Terms and Conditions") prior to using any portion of this website.


By visiting and using this website, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions, as posted on this website from time to time. MIT reserves the right to change the Terms and Conditions at any time without advance notice. Any changes to the Terms and Conditions will be effective immediately upon posting on this website. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of the Terms and Conditions.


If you do not AGREE TO the Terms and Conditions, do not use this website.


  1. POSTINGS.

    1. You understand that, when you use this website, you will be exposed to content submitted, posted, published, distributed or uploaded to or on this website by users of this website, including, but not limited to text, photographs, videos, file uploads and other information or materials (“Postings”). You agree that MIT is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, nature or content of Postings.


    1. When you submit, post, publish, distribute or upload any Posting to this website:


      1. You grant MIT a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, fee- and royalty-free, sublicensable, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, translate, modify, host, distribute, broadcast, transmit, display, perform and publish the Posting or any portion thereof in any media now known or hereafter developed.


      1. You warrant that you have all rights, licenses, consents and permissions to post or upload the Posting and to grant MIT the license above and that exercise of the license by MIT will not infringe on or violate the rights of any third party.


      1. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the content of the Posting and the consequences of submitting, posting, publishing, distributing or uploading the Posting.


    1. You warrant that you will not post or upload anything that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful, that contains nudity or pornography, that violates the property rights of others (including, without limitation, copyright or trademark rights), that violates the privacy or publicity rights of others or that is in violation of applicable laws.


    1. MIT has no obligation to monitor Postings. MIT reserves the right, however, to review Postings and to edit or remove Postings, in whole or in part, in its sole discretion for any reason or no reason.


  1. TRADEMARKS. You may not use the names, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT or MIT Industrial Liaison Program or any other trademarks of MIT in any form for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in MIT's sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MIT. All trademarks not owned by MIT that appear on this website are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark displayed on this website without the prior written permission of the owner of the applicable trademark.


  1. COOKIES. Cookies are used to gather data that will help us provide and improve our services in the future. MIT uses cookies for many purposes, including, for example, to count how many users visit a page of this website, to enable you to sign up for a service or program and to protect your personal information.


  1. Links to Other Sites. This website may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by others. MIT is not responsible for and does not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of such sites or the use of any products, services or information available through such sites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk.


  1. Termination OF SERVICE. You agree that MIT may terminate your use of this website, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, without notice to you. The Terms of Use will survive termination. You further agree that MIT may cease providing all or any part of the content and services offered through this website, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, without notice to you.


  1. COMPLAINTS. Complaints about misuse of this website may be made to WebFeedback@ilp.mit.edu.


  1. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). MIT responds to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Copyright owners who believe their copyright has been infringed on this website should notify MIT's designated copyright agent at dcma-agent@mit.edu, or at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138-4307 Attention: MIT DMCA Agent, W92-263A. Notification must include:


    1. Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works.

    2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, including sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., url, ip address, computer name).

    3. Sufficient information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).

    4. A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.

    5. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.


  1. DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.


    1. This website and any information, content and services made available on or through this website ARE provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.


    1. MIT DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THIS WEBSITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE CONTENT PROVIDED WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.


    1. USE OF THIS WEBSITE, AND THE CONTENT AND SERVICES OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. NEITHER MIT NOR ANY OF ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, MEMBERS, TRUSTEES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE, WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO (i) YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE, (ii) YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE SITE OR (iii) YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE, REGARDLESS OF THE BASIS FOR THE CLAIM.


    1. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.


  1. INDEMNIFICATION. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless MIT and its subsidiaries, affiliates, members, trustees, officers, employees and agents from and against any losses, liabilities, damages, judgments, expenses, and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature, incurred in connection with or arising out of your violation of these Terms and Conditions or your use of this website, except to the extent attributable to MIT’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.


  1. Entire Agreement. The Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and MIT with respect to your use of this website and supersede any prior or contemporaneous agreements regarding your use of this website.


  1. Waiver and Severability OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS. MIT’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, you and MIT agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the intentions as reflected in the provision and that the other provisions of the Terms and Conditions shall remain in full force and effect.


  1. CHOICE OF LAW/FORUM SELECTION. You agree that the Terms and Conditions and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to the Terms and Conditions or any content posted or service obtained from or through this website will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of law provisions, and you consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in or serving Cambridge, Massachusetts as the legal forum for any such dispute.



Community Guidelines

We need your help to make this website community a supportive and safe place for every user. Here is how you can help:


Be Professional. Help keep this website professional and courteous. If you feel others would find a startup profile, opportunity, video or comment objectionable, inaccurate, insulting or otherwise inappropriate, please contact us at WebFeedback@ilp.mit.edu.


Honor Your Agreement and Applicable Law. Use this website and its content solely in compliance with the Terms of Use and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including, without limitation, copyright laws and applicable export control laws.


Don’t Post Prohibited Content. Prohibited content includes:


Don’t Introduce or Undertake Prohibited Actions. Prohibited actions include:




mit startup exchange Privacy Policy


INTRODUCTION

MIT Corporate Relations (CR) aids and directs companies interested in multi-disciplinary involvement with the Institute, and offers access to MIT through two integrated programs, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange. This Privacy Statement explains how we handle and use the personal information we collect about our customers and site visitors.

WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT

While specific information may vary for particular individuals, we may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal information about you. We collect basic biographic/contact information about you and your representative organization, including name, title, business addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social media contact information, as well as payment information.

For users of our site, we collect and process analytical information — aggregated information related to web visitor activity and email marketing actions.

We may use a third-party tracking service to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate. The information we track is limited to web visitor activity and email marketing actions. Our systems also collect information from cookies, web beacons, log files, pixel tags, local storage objects, and similar technologies.

HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU

We collect information about you from a variety of sources. A significant portion of the information we maintain is that which you have provided to us, either by updating your profile online, registering for a conference/program or communicating with us. We may also augment the information we collect about you from targeted internet searches and may use third party sources.

HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We use your personal information for a number of legitimate purposes, including the performance of contractual obligations. Specifically, we use your personal information to:

  • Provide you with the programs and services of the MIT's Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange program and to provide you with news and information around MIT.

  • Send you information about other MIT offerings which may be of interest to you.

  • Perform administrative tasks and for internal record keeping purposes.

  • Create and analyze aggregated (fully anonymized) information about our customers and site visitors for statistical research purposes in support of our corporate relation mission.

If you have concerns about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us at ilp-info@ilp.mit.edu. We will always respect a request by you to stop processing your personal information (subject to our audit and legal obligations).

If you do not wish to receive marketing email, postal mail, or telephone calls from us, please let us know by one or more of the following methods:

  1. Click on the opt-out link in the footer of marketing emails

  2. Email us at corporate_relations@mit.edu with REMOVE in the subject line

  3. Call us a 1-(617) 253-2691

Please note that if you are an enrolled participant or applicant, you may still continue to receive non-marketing transactional communications such as invoices, payment reminders, program change information, etc.

WHEN WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

To perform the functions listed above, it may be necessary to share your personal information with third parties and vendors under contract with us. All individuals performing functions for us are informed regarding appropriate handling of your personal information. We do not, under any circumstances, rent or sell your personal information to any outside third party. Some of our site(s) and service(s) contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites' privacy policies as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION IS STORED AND SECURED

MIT CR uses risk-assessed administrative, technical and physical security measures to protect your personal information. Only authenticated users with specific permissions may access the data. We use firewalls and regular monitoring to evaluate any attempts at accessing the systems without permission.

HOW LONG WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We consider our relationship with our Industry community to be lifelong. This means that we will maintain a record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. If you no longer wish to hear from MIT CR, we will retain a core set of information about you to fulfill administrative tasks and legal obligations.

RIGHTS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA

You have the right in certain circumstances to (1) access your personal information; (2) to correct or erase information; (3) restrict processing; and (4) object to communications, direct marketing, or profiling. To the extent applicable, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation provides further information about your rights. You also have the right to lodge complaints with your national or regional data protection authority.

If you are inclined to exercise these rights, we request an opportunity to discuss with you any concerns you may have. To protect the personal information we hold, we may also request further information to verify your identity when exercising these rights. Upon a request to erase information, we will maintain a core set of personal data to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in the future, as well as any information necessary for MIT archival purposes. We may also need to retain some financial information for legal purposes, including US IRS compliance. In the event of an actual or threatened legal claim, we may retain your information for purposes of establishing, defending against or exercising our rights with respect to such claim.

By providing information directly to MIT, you consent to the transfer of your personal information outside of the European Economic Area to the United States. You understand that the current laws and regulations of the United States may not provide the same level of protection as the data and privacy laws and regulations of the EEA.

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide any personal data to us.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We may change this Privacy Statement from time to time. If we make any significant changes in the way we treat your personal information we will make this clear on our website or by contacting you directly.

The controller for your personal information is MIT. We can be contacted at ilp-info@ilp.mit.edu. These policies and practices apply to MIT Corporate Relations. If you have relationships with other departments of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, any information you have shared with those departments is subject to separate privacy policies, and you will need to contact them directly should you wish to opt-out out of communications or exercise any other rights related to data stored by these departments.

This policy was last updated in June 2018.