MIT Startup Exchange is convening its sixth installment of Demo Day on Wednesday, October 19 (11 AM – 12:15 PM ET). The event will feature several exciting industry-ready startups in brief lightning talks and Q&A.
This event is for ILP members. You can confirm your company's ILP membership here: https://ilp.mit.edu/search/members.
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.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Vayu Robotics
Mahesh Krishnamurthi is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Vayu Robotics where he is building the next generation of scalable, low cost mobile robots. He is passionate about robotics, sensing and the underlying physics behind light-matter interaction. Prior to starting Vayu Robotics, he was one of the early members at Apple's Autonomous Systems Group and developed state-of-art technologies for AV Sensing systems. He also worked on developing productizable building blocks for the first silicon photonic transceivers chips at Intel Labs. He got his PhD from Penn State university for his work on the first demonstration of high speed optoelectronic devices inside an optical fiber. He obtained his undergraduate degree from IIT Madras where he was awarded the Governor's gold medal. He enjoys playing outdoor sports with his two young kids.
Co-Founder & COO, Atlantic Quantum
During his PhD research at MIT and Harvard, Tim has worked at the intersection of computational modeling and experimental implementation of quantum devices to enable novel interactions between qubits. He received his M.Sc. in Physics with distinction from ETH Zurich before coming to the US to pursue his PhD.
Tim’s scientific articles have gathered over 1,500 citations. He brings his experience from interning at McKinsey & Company, completing a summer MBA with the Harvard Business School, and leading several policy conferences at Harvard to his COO role at Atlantic Quantum.
Bio coming soon.
Founder & CEO, Zero
Chief Product Officer, Claira
Elan Kawesch is the Chief Product Officer and a founding team member at Claira, a platform that unleashes workforce potential using advanced competency science and machine learning. At Claira, Elan works cross-functionally to create strategies that optimize for product success and company growth. He leads strategy and vision in product development, UX, GTM, and marketing, while supporting and working closely with every other part of the business. Prior to joining Claira, he spent a decade as a nonprofit founder and advisor, working with senior level employees to strategically develop major projects. Elan holds a MA in International Economics and Finance from the Brandeis International Business School, and a BA in Business from Brandeis University.
Director of Business Development and Partnerships, Syntegra
Alexander (“Xander”) Kerman has built a career on finding ways to make healthcare more effective, efficient, and fair. After a stint skiing in Jackson Hole, Xander worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, before attending medical school at the University of Chicago. Ultimately deciding to concentrate on shaping healthcare’s future as a business leader rather than a clinician, Xander joined Boston Consulting Group (BCG), before catching the startup bug & joining nference, another MIT-connected healthcare data startup. There he focused on developing a data sharing ecosystem & launching multiple data-enabled spin-offs. Now at Syntegra, Xander focuses on speeding the adoption of Syntegra's transformative synthetic data technology, with a particular emphasis on privacy & equity.
Founder & CEO, Ventagium
Arturo is CEO and Founder of Ventagium. He graduated from the Masters in Supply Chain Management at MIT and from the Tec de Monterrey as an Industrial Engineer. He has over 10 years of experience in Supply Chain across the Humanitarian, Manufacturing and Retail Sectors. His greatest passion is simplifying complexity through analytics and data visualization.
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.