About

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, exclusively 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 1,400 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 can make introductions that ideally provide 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 takes no responsibility for these outcomes and 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

  • Ariadna Rodenstein
    Program Manager, MIT Startup Exchange
    Ariadna Rodenstein
    Program Manager, MIT Startup Exchange

    Ariadna Rodenstein is a Program Manager at MIT Startup Exchange. She joined MIT Corporate Relations as an Events Leader in September 2019 and is responsible for designing and executing startup events, including content development, coaching and hosting, and logistics. Ms. Rodenstein works closely with the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) in promoting collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry, as well as with other areas around the MIT innovation ecosystem and beyond.

    Prior to working for MIT Corporate Relations, she worked for over a decade at Credit Suisse Group in New York and London, in a few different roles in event management and as Director of Client Strategy. Ms. Rodenstein has combined her experience in the private sector with work at non-profits as a Consultant and Development Director at New York Immigration Coalition, Immigrant Defense Project, and Americas Society/Council of the Americas. She also served as an Officer on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Clay Tennis Association in New York for several years. Additionally, she earned her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from New York University, with coursework at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City, and her M.A. in Sociology from the City University of New York.

    (bio updated Sept 2022)

  • 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.

    (bio updated Sept 2022)

  • KC Klingensmith
    Senior Editorial / Information Coordinator
    KC Klingensmith
    Senior Editorial / Information Coordinator
  • Irina Gaziyeva photo
    Program/Project Coordinator
    Irina Gaziyeva photo
    Program/Project Coordinator

    Irina Gaziyeva joined the Startup Exchange team on June 21, 2022, as Program Coordinator reporting to Catarina Madeira and working closely with the whole Startup Exchange and other Corporate Relations teams. 

    Irina comes to Corporate Relations from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT where she worked 10 years as Administrative Assistant where she has supported four senior faculty members and their research groups (20-25 graduate students). Since 2018, Irina has acted as program coordinator, teaming-up with the program manager and program faculty lead for the MechE Alliance program. She has facilitated 45+ virtual seminars, workshops, and mentoring events in this informal role. Irina has also actively connected members of the MechE community to support student career development, mentorship, and networking opportunities with MIT alumni and industry. Before MIT, Irina held positions as Administrative Assistant and Member Representative at Brookline Dental and Tufts Health plan, respectively. Irina has also been a Community Organizer in Worcester, MA.

    Irina earned her B.A., Management (with Innovation & Entrepreneurship track) at Clark University in Worcester, and her M.S., Program and Project Management from Brandeis University in Waltham. She has received many awards at MIT for outstanding service, and she has extensive community volunteer work to her credit.