MIT Startup Exchange is convening its 8th installment of Demo Day on Wednesday, March 22 (12 PM – 1:15 PM ET). The event will feature several exciting industry-ready startups in brief lightning talks and Q&A. Breakout rooms will follow at the end of the event.
This event is for ILP members. You can confirm your company's ILP membership here: https://ilp.mit.edu/search/members.
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.
Enterprise Sales Manager, Lumafield
David Odell is part of Lumafield's sales and go-to-market team. He has 8 years of experience growing and scaling B2B sales organizations within SaaS/Deep Tech startups. David received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Founder & CEO, Metha.ai
Bio coming soon.
Founder, Executive Chairman and CTO, Hosta a.i
Rachelle Villalon is Co-Founder & CEO of Hosta a.i., and received her Master's & Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Architecture from MIT, a program that only accepts two candidates per year. She's led over $1B in building projects for strategic innovative initiatives and built over 60+ computational tools. Her work focused on the intersection of A.I. and architecture, which serve as the foundation for Hosta’s mission: merging intelligence and infrastructure.
Born and raised in Colombia, Alberto began his career as a Civil Engineer with the dream of contributing to the development of the country's precarious infrastructure as a means of social progress. After working for over 6 years in construction and project management of low-income housing master plans across Colombia, he started to gather the inspiration to improve housing quality by convoying innovation to the old-fashioned real estate and construction industry. Today a dual degree Masters candidate in Real Estate Development and City Planning at MIT, Alberto is developing Tervi with the vision of transforming the way in which people live in Latin America by bringing dignity to what today is a broken system where access to quality housing is limited. As a first-hand witness of the precarious conditions in which workforce housing is delivered in the region, through his startup, Alberto is enabling low and mid-income housing owners in Latam to access design, financing, and construction services to enhance their homes through a one-stop shop platform.
Co-Founder & CTO, Lendica
Jerry Shu has a passion for innovative fintech solutions with a focus on quantitative finance and risk management. Shu is in charge of product management, system architecture and the underwriting program. Before co-founding Lendica, Shu built a derivative trading platform for blockchain assets and worked as a quantitative researcher at J.P. Morgan. Shu is a full-stack engineer, a lover of spicy food, and, as he is known around the office, the company’s authority on data. Shu has a Masters in Finance from MIT.
Senior Associate Scientist, Tiba Biotech
Justine McPartlan, B.Sc., is a Senior Associate Scientist and was one of the earliest hires at the launch of Tiba Biotech in 2018. During her undergraduate research at MIT, she focused on novel RNA vaccine strategies to fight infectious disease and cancer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research under Dr. Hidde Ploegh. This work culminated in a 2016 PNAS publication that would eventually serve as the basis for Tiba Biotech’s technological platform. She advanced her work on the delivery platform at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in the Langer group, followed by further immunology training under Dr. Chen using specialized mouse models and primary human immune cells. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard before joining Tiba. There she researched cancer dependencies and used Crispr-Cas9 systems to validate WRN helicase as a dependency in microsatellite unstable cancer cell lines, work that resulted in a 2019 Nature publication. At Tiba, Justine leads daily biology R&D lab operations with a team of junior associates and is a project manager for multiple externally funded research programs. She is the author of numerous patents and high-profile peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Yu Yang Fredrik Liu is a Research Fellow in MSE at MIT, PhD in Physics at Cambridge, B.Sc. (1st Hons) in Physics and Math at NTU Singapore. He has over 600 citations in Physics, Materials and Biology. He was Runner-up in the Supercomputer Challenge ASC14. Also appeared as 36Kr X·36Under36; Trustee of Girton College; Founder of ParityGame; Vice-commodore of CUYC.
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.