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2014 Business Plan Contest Semifinalists

11 AUGUST 2014 — The fourth annual Business Plan Contest was launched in May 2014. This year there are five different tracks, and over 200 teams in total completed their applications. A group of 50 experienced entrepreneurs, investors and scholars examined the applications diligently and selected 52 outstanding teams to advance into the second round. On the afternoon of November 15th, six of the following teams will compete in the Business Plan Contest Finale for a total of $20,000 cash reward in the MIT Stata Center.

For detailed information about the contest, please visit http://mitchief.org/contest.
The Business Plan Contest Finale is part of the 2014 MIT-CHIEF Conference: http://mitchief.org/program.

2014 Business Idea Online Showcase

10 AUGUST 2014 — In the 2014 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest application judging process, we realize many of you are seeking co-founders and partners. And now our '2014 Business Idea Online Showcase' is right here, right for you!

In many ways, you are able to team up to understand a problem, diagnose the causes, and develop solutions.

Now let’s connect! Please feel free to reach out to our founders!

2014 Co-Founder Day

20 JUNE 2014 — MIT-CHIEF is pleased to invite you to participate in our 2014 Co-Founder day on July 12th. The event will be an excellent occasion to help potential entrepreneurs like you to kick-start new ventures. We will create an animated and relaxed environment for you to search, share and co-found innovative entrepreneurship ideas. On Co-Founder Day, you will be inspired by guest talks and demo pitches. You are free to pitch your own ideas, and network with your potential co-founders.

  • Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm (registration and networking start from 1:00pm)
  • Location: MIT E51-315
  • Parking: Free Parking outside of E51
  • Registration: https://mitchief071214.eventbrite.com/
  • Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Red Line and get off at Kendall/MIT station

Seminar: Legal and Accounting Basics, Digital Marketing

15 JUNE 2014 — MIT-CHIEF is pleased to hold a two-hour seminar focusing on Accounting and Legal Basics and Digital Marketing on Saturday, June 21. In just two hours of the enriched speech, you will gain the finance and accounting savvy you need to plan budget, justify requests and spot legal problems before they get out of hand. You will learn the practical digital marketing skills that will help you make better marketing promotion campaigns.

  • Date: Saturday, June 21
  • Time: 1PM - 3PM
  • Location: MIT E51-315 (Building E51 Room 315)
  • Registration: https://mitchief062114.eventbrite.com
  • Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Red Line and get off at Kendall/MIT station

Seminar: How to Write a Business Plan

11 MAY 2014 — This seminar walks you through the basics of putting your business idea on paper. It teaches the basic content of what is required and gives you help in thinking through some of the issues. It is aimed at folks who have a business idea but need to think through all of the details. It is the information that you need to attract people, money, and clients but it needs to be written. It helps you to describe your product or service, your market and your potential clients. Going through the Business Plan process reveals to you the strengths and weaknesses of your idea and how to improve it. It gives you the confidence to sell your idea to others. This process forces you to think through the critical issues in an organized way and sharpen your business skills. The business plan will help you prepare your roadmap for success.

  • Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • Time: 1PM - 3PM
  • Location: MIT E51-315 (Building E51 Room 315)
  • Registration: https://mitchief140517.eventbrite.com
  • Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Red Line and get off at Kendall/MIT station.

2014 Business Plan Contest

05 MAY 2014 — Do you have a great business idea based on which you want to launch a startup? Are you actively looking for opportunities to showcase your idea or prototype and gain some constructive feedback? Do you want to establish direct connections with investors, mentors, incubators, accelerators, industrial parks and potential partners and colleagues?

If your answer to any of the questions above is “yes”, we cordially invite you to apply to the 2014 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest.

Demo Day: Hardware vs. Software

28 MARCH 2014 — We are excited to announce that the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF) will host its second Demo Day on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. The event will take place at 50 Vassar Street, MIT 34-101 in Cambridge, MA from 12:30 – 5:00 PM. The theme of this year's Demo Day is Hardware vs. Software.

We also Invited VC and Executive guests to join our Demo Day, Please visit http://www.strikingly.com/demoday2014 for more details about this event.

Top 2 teams will get GoPro Hero3 White Edition or UP 24 by Jawbone. We will reveal our plans for this year's Business Plan Contest and China Trip at the event.

Please Register here: https://mitchiefdemoday2014.eventbrite.com

2013 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest Finale

20 NOVEMBER 2013 — The 2013 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest concluded on November 16 with Jeff Zhang’s hilarious ending “we are young and hungry”. Jeff Zhang is a Co-founder of the Berry Logistics, the 1st prize winner of the 2013 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest.

This year’s business plan contest started in July with 119 contestants, categorized into five tracks—CleanTech, HealthCare, Products/Services, Social Impact, and Web/IT. About half are local startups based in Massachusetts, and the rest originate from around the world.

Transforming Ideas to Impact

22 OCTOBER 2013 — The MIT-CHIEF organizing team is pleased to announce that the third annual conference, Transforming Ideas to Impact, will be held on November 16 to 17, 2013 in MIT Stata Center. We cordially invite you to join the conference to meet with top investors, serial entrepreneurs, technology leaders and business professionals from both China and the United States. For two days you can network and explore how innovative technologies and leading academic research can help address the practical challenges faced in today's changing economy. Our well-designed Keynotes and Panel Discussions will present you unique opportunities and unparalleled access to top minds and ideas:
  • Innovation opportunities in high-impact technology areas for both China and the United States, what opportunities China is presenting with a continuously growing market of 1.3 billion population, and how different entrepreneurship plays to transform technology innovation to business application.
  • Exciting moment when the six finalists are competing for a cash prize of $20,000 at the "2013 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest ".
  • Close touch with prototypes of innovative solutions and technologies at the Technology Exhibition.
  • Fun in a stimulating, engaging and thought-provoking entrepreneurs gathering to debate about the next disruptive technologies.

2013 Business Plan Contest Semifinalists

20 OCTOBER 2013 — The third annual “Pitch to China” Business Plan Contest was launched in July 2013. This year there are five different tracks, and 116 teams in total completed their applications. A group of 40 experienced entrepreneurs, investors and scholars examined the applications diligently and selected 41 outstanding teams to advance into the second round. On Saturday, November 16, six of the following teams will compete in the Business Plan Contest Finale for a total of $20,000 cash reward in Room 32-123 in MIT Stata Center.

For detailed information about the contest, please visit http://mitchief.org/contest.
The Business Plan Contest Finale is part of the 2013 MIT-CHIEF Conference: http://mitchief.org/program.

2013 Co-Founder Day

19 JULY 2013 — MIT-CHIEF is excited to introduce our new event: Co-Founder Day. Co-Founder day is here to help potential entrepreneurs like you to kick-start new ventures. We will create an animated and relaxed environment for you to search, share and co-found innovative entrepreneurship ideas. On Co-Founder Day, you will be inspired by guest talks and demo pitches. You are free to pitch your own ideas, and network with your potential co-founders.

Time: 27 July 2013 at 2:00p
Location: MIT 32-155
Registration: Click here

2013 Business Plan Contest

10 JULY 2013 — Summer vacation is here! Are you ready for it? We certainly are, and ready to rock and roll our third annual contest! But this time around, we've made some changes. We no longer call it Pitch to China, because we've seen a lot of your ideas take shape in the United States as well.

Register your idea and compete for a total of $20,000 USD in prizes!

The deadline for registration is Jul. 31, 2013. And, remember to finish your summaries by Aug. 12, 2013.

Demo Day: 10 awesome start-ups you should not miss

01 APRIL 2013 — Interested in meeting awesome entrepreneurs and visionary investors?

We are excited to announce that MIT-CHIEF's very first Demo Day, co-hosted with MIT VentureShips, will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12:30p – 5:30p at MIT E25-111. Check out 10 promising start-ups from a variety of fields including biotechnology, clean energy, social media, Big Data, materials sciences, and industrial design.

Mentorship Program for Talented Entrepreneurs

30 OCTOBER 2012 — The 2012 MIT-CHIEF “Pitch to China” Business Plan Contest was launched on July 1, 2012, receiving approximately 160 submissions in multiple industries including Clean technology, Healthcare, Web/IT, and Products/Services. Six finalist teams will be invited to the conference this November to pitch their ideas and compete for a total of $20,000 in prizes.

This year, an exclusive Mentorship Program has been created for our top selected applicant entrepreneurs, who are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and kick-start their promising businesses.

Join TechEX and show your idea to the world

23 OCTOBER 2012 — MIT-CHIEF TechEX is a technology exhibition held together with MIT-CHIEF, one of the premier conferences in MIT focusing on technology innovation in China. The technology exhibition comprises demos that are intended as real, practical, and interactive proof of the presenters' ideas. The exhibition will allow the more than 600 conference attendees to view and interact first-hand with live prototypes of innovative solutions and ideas and to see leading-edge technology at work. It also provides the demo presenters a wonderful opportunity to discuss the working applications or prototypes with peers and professionals and attract potential collaborations and investors, especially if they are interested in Greater China market. We will also give awards to the best demos during the exhibition day.

40 days: The countdown begins

06 OCTOBER 2012 — At the 2012 MIT-CHIEF Launch Ceremony, held at the Marriott Hotel, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, the organizing team announced this year's forum topics and confirmed speakers for the second annual conference. This event also marks the opening of online ticket sales for this year's event.

Contest Spotlight: From Ph.D. to CEO

19 SEPTEMBER 2012 — 2011 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest Third Prize winner Ziyan Wu is originally from Guangzhou, China. Upon receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, he began his Ph.D. studies in Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Albany, NY. Ziyan started his company Azuray with some of his close friends last year in Guangzhou, whose products were aimed at mainstream market in China. His product, FlexVision, is envisioned as a leading provider of 3D scanning, positioning, and coordinate measurement systems to measure large-scale 3D surfaces, and is currently the only major provider in China of this type of targeted solution.

Contest Spotlight: Wodache

07 AUGUST 2012 — Eric Wang, CEO and co-founder of Wodache and 2011 MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest second-prize winner, joined us last month to talk about his company and his experiences with MIT-CHIEF.

Born in Jinan China, Eric Yihe Wang moved to the States with his parents at the age of 16. Eric received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University. After graduation, he began working at Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Analyst. Eric also spent a year and a half in Europe participating in a fellowship program for development studies, which was sponsored by the European Union. It was during his time in Europe that Eric recognized the serious traffic congestion problem in China. Believing there was a market-based solution for the traffic problem in China, he wrote his thesis on a car-sharing concept and started his own business called “Wodache", which translates to "sharing the journey".

Are you ready to Pitch to China?

06 JULY 2012 — Have you ever felt called to build your own business? Do you want to try your opportunities in China? Are you looking for partners with shared your vision? Have you ever wondered if your business ideas fit China?

MIT-CHIEF (MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum) presents to you the MIT-CHIEF "Pitch to China" Business Plan Contest, which strives to connect new technologies and business models with investment and experience from both China and the US. We are dedicated to facilitating entrepreneurs with resources in China and helping them enter the China market as well as bring about positive change for both China and the world.

As a contestant, you will also have opportunities to:
  • Network with entrepreneurs from various industries and find potential team members
  • Launch business in industrial parks and hi-tech zones in China
  • Exchange ideas with invited guests of MIT-CHIEF, including researchers, well-known entrepreneurs, and policy-makers.
  • Receive professional critiques and advice from investors, successful entrepreneurs, professors, and lawyers.
  • Promote your business plan to the mass media and potential customers.
  • Attend seminars at MIT-CHIEF given by well-known MIT scholars, seasoned entrepreneurs, and lawyers.
  • Present your business idea/project at an exhibition at the MIT-CHIEF conference.
Don't wait! Register now on our Contest page. Registration closes July 29.

Second annual conference to be held this fall

29 JUNE 2012 — The MIT-CHIEF organizing team is pleased to announce that the second annual conference will be held on November 16-18, 2012, continuing to focus on its core values of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and creating a bridge between China and the United States. In our 2012 conference, we will feature:

Keynote speeches and panel discussions
Leading academic experts, industry specialists, and government officials will be invited to deliver keynote speeches at MIT-CHIEF. They will be presenting industry insights, and latest research and discoveries during the event. Detailed panel agenda and speaker names will be announced soon.

Business plan contest
MIT-CHIEF aims to provide a platform that connects cutting-edge technologies and revolutionary business models with experienced industry veterans who offer expert advice as well as resources. MIT-CHIEF’s Business Plan Contest registration will start on July 1st. More details will be announced soon.

Networking opportunities
MIT-CHIEF aims to build an active community for entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship related to China’s market. Members of the community will be able to mutually benefit from a large pool of information and resources supported by the community of veterans and experts. The interactive community will facilitate collaborations between ideas and capital, formation of business partnerships, as well as establishing connections with industry peers and leaders.

Career fair
Another exclusive benefit to all attendees of MIT-CHIEF, world-class employers will also introduce job opportunities throughout the event.

Please stay tuned on our website for more updates about the upcoming second annual conference. We look forward to seeing you again this year!

Thank you

23 NOVEMBER 2011 — The first annual MIT-CHIEF has now come to a close. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, media, and the support of all our participants for making this conference possible and look forward to seeing you for the second annual conference in 2012!

Welcome

15 OCTOBER 2011 — The MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF) is an annually-held conference and high-profile platform for intellectual exchange to foster deeper and broader collaboration between China and the United States in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. On November 19-20, 2011, leading authorities from academia, industries, enterprises, businesses, and government institutions, from both China and the US, will convene at MIT to deliver presentations and showcase their work. We intend to address not only current developments and collaborations between enterprises in the US and China in cutting-edge fields such as clean technology, information technology, health care, and biotechnology, but also policy-making issues and future directions China should take to facilitate continued innovation in the country. Additionally, for budding entrepreneurs, we also feature a "Pitch to China" Business Plan Contest with cash prizes totalling $18,000.
"We and China have a common interest in working together following in the best traditions of scientific cooperation to address our future energy challenges. This forum is an important example of that sentiment translated into action at MIT."

Prof. ERNEST MONIZ
Professor of MIT Physics, Director of MIT Energy Initiative
President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology

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