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Startups are an increasingly important part of MIT’s innovation ecosystem, providing highly effective vehicles for testing the commercial viability of new technologies.


MIT-connected startups are based on licensed MIT technology, or are founded and/or led by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni.

MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry, principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). MIT Startup Exchange and the ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.

“MIT-connected” startups are based on licensed MIT technology, or are founded by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni. Currently, over 1,900+ startups are registered with MIT Startup Exchange and monthly additions are helping to shape and define an innovative and entrepreneurial community.

The industry side of the exchange is represented primarily by 260+ ILP member companies. Meetings between MIT Startup Exchange startups and industry are facilitated by program directors at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program. Each program director manages a portfolio of ILP member companies, and their primary role is to match company research interests with relevant MIT faculty and researchers. Increasingly, on-campus agendas include MIT Startup Exchange startups, based on their potential to rapidly explore and assess new technologies.
 

Increasingly, on-campus agendas include MIT Startup Exchange startups, based on their potential to rapidly explore and assess new technologies.

Throughout the year, MIT Startup Exchange hosts numerous networking events, from half-day workshop events at MIT to full-day showcase events in Silicon Valley, London, Tokyo, and other global innovation hubs. Events provide a mix of startups, MIT faculty, industry managers, government leaders, and seasoned financiers, all discussing innovation and the future outlook for specific sectors. Each event features “Lightning Talks,” where 8-12 startup entrepreneurs rapidly share their experiences and give elevator pitches.

Disclaimer:  MIT Startup Exchange provides introductions that ideally provides open ended discussions in order to share mutual interests and potentially create common ground that incite the parties to collaborate. MIT Startup Exchange introductions may eventually lead to mutual partnerships, but that is not in any way guaranteed by MIT, MIT Corporate Relations, MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) or MIT Startup Exchange, which take no responsibility for the outcome of such discussions and takes no formal part in such discussions following our introduction. MIT Startup Exchange and its activities and events are not for purposes of soliciting investment or offering securities. 

Leadership

  • Karl Koster, Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Executive Director of Corporate Relations
    Karl Koster, Executive Director, MIT Corporate Relations
    Executive Director of Corporate Relations

    Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations (OCR). The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), which celebrated 60 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2008.

    In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

    Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.

  • Marcus Dahllöf
    Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange
    Marcus Dahllöf
    Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange

    Marcus Dahllof joined the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) on December 13, 2016.

    Dahllof leads the MIT Startup Exchange, which facilitates connections between MIT-connected startups and corporate members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). Marcus manages networking events, workshops, the STEX25 accelerator, opportunity postings, and helps define the strategic direction MIT Startup Exchange. He is a two-time tech entrepreneur (one exit in cybersecurity), and has previously held roles in finance, software engineering, corporate strategy, and business development at emerging tech companies and Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Marcus was a member of the Swedish national rowing team and he is a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.

  • Ariadna Rodenstein
    Events Leader, MIT Startup Exchange
    Ariadna Rodenstein
    Events Leader, MIT Startup Exchange
  • Catarina Madeira head shot
    Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange
    Catarina Madeira head shot
    Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange

    Catarina Madeira joined Corporate Relations in May 2021 as Program Director, Startup Exchange.

    Madeira has been working with the Cambridge/Boston startup ecosystem for the past 10 years and joins Corporate Relations with a solid network in the innovation and entrepreneurial community. In 2010, she joined the startup accelerator IUL MIT Portugal working in Lisbon and working with the Cambridge team on all aspects related to the accelerator’s launch. She held positions including Operations Coordinator, Program Manager, and Business Developer. The accelerator soon achieved steady growth in large part due to the partnerships that Catarina led with regional and global startup ecosystems. Most recently she worked at NECEC, leading a program that connects cleantech startups and industry. In this role, she developed and built a pipeline of startups and forged strong relationships with both domestic and European companies. She has also held positions in Portugal and France including at L’Oréal and Saboaria e Perfumaria Confiança as Pharmacist and Technical Director.

    Madeira earned her Bachelor in Chemistry at the University of Porto and her Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She went on to earn her Master of Engineering for Health and Medicines at University Lyon 1 and EM Lyon in France.

  • KC Klingensmith
    Senior Editorial / Information Coordinator
    KC Klingensmith
    Senior Editorial / Information Coordinator
  • Megan Sergison
    Administrative Assistant II
    Megan Sergison
    Administrative Assistant II