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Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - 2024
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Session 1 - Tuesday 1/23/2024
Session 2 - Wed 1/24/2024
Session 3 - Thurs 1/25/2024
Session 4 - Tues 1/30/2024
Session 5 - Wed 1/31/2024
Session 6 - Thurs 2/1/2024
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The course has been organized and coordinated by Joe Hadzima featuring Experienced Entrepreneurs Speakers and support from Yonald Chery.   The Teaching Assistants for IAP January 2024: To BE Announced. Speakers for individual days and sessions are listed under the corresponding day/session.

Senior Lecturer
Joseph Hadzima Joe Hadzima is a Managing Director of Main Street Partners LLC, a venture development and technology commercialization firm, and is President of IPVision, Inc., a Main Street portfolio company which provides intellectual property systems and services.  He was a Director of the Global MIT Enterprise Forum, with 24 chapters worldwide, from 1984 to 2009 and was Global Chairman from 2004 to 2008.  He is also a past Director of the New England chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

He was a founding judge of the MIT $10K (now $100K) Entrepreneurship Competition.  He has been a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 1984 where he teaches the " Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans", a popular IAP course.  He also co-developed The Manager’s Legal Function course in which he has been lecturing since 1984.  He is a frequent speaker for the MIT Enterprise Forum's Satellite Broadcast Series (SBS) where he has spoken about company valuation and structuring venture capital deals.   Reprints from Hadzima's popular Boston Business Journal column, "Starting Up," are available.

Joe received a B.Sc. from MIT in 1973, a S.M. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977 and a Juris Doctore law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979.  He has been involved with over 120 new ventures over the last 30 years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, lawyer and board member.  As a practicing lawyer for 17 years he was Partner, Founder and Director of the Sullivan & Worcester LLP High Tech/New Ventures Group.


Speakers for this year sessions are:

Bob Jones   Bob Jones Author, Start-up advisor
Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur
Read his bio here.
Bob Jones at his Other Job -
Sign Up for Bob's Startup Starter Kit Book Community.

Rich Kivel   Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur
Read His Bio Here.

Bob Jones   Bob Jones Author, Start-up advisor
Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur
Read his bio here.
Bob Jones at his Other Job -
Sign Up for Bob's Startup Starter Kit Book Community.

Ken Zolot   Senior Lecturer, MIT School of Engineering
Read Ken's Bio Here

Joe Hadzima   Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Mindy Garber  Experienced Negotiator
Mindy Garber Mindy's Bio 

Joe Hadzima substituting for Charlie Tillett   Sloan MBA; Former MIT 10K Participant; Serial Entrepreneur
Read Charlie's bio here.



The Teaching Assistant for 2024 is To Be Announced.

The Teaching Assistants for 2023 were:

Ping King

Ping King is a 2024 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan.   Prior to Sloan she was VP of Marketing at Treehouse Technology Group a technology strategy and custom solutions development firm.  She previously was Director of Business Development for InvestReal in Los Angeles where she executed their go-to-market strategy for both the flagship SaaS and marketplace platforms.  She was co-founder of Blend to Mend, a medical nutrition company specializing in ready-to-drink smoothies for individuals diagnosed with cancer, actively undergoing therapy, and facing nutritional challenges.  Ping received a BA from Cornell University. LinkedIn Page

Stefan Sayre

Stefan Sayre is an MBA '24 at the MIT Sloan School of Management with interests in the life sciences, entrepreneurial finance, and management spaces.   Before business school, Stefan worked as a mutual fund investment analyst at Morningstar and Fisher Investments.   Stefan holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Biology, specializing in Microbiology, from the University of Chicago and is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder. LinkedIn Page

Serial Entrepreneur
Yonald Chery Mr. Chery has spent over 12 years as a high-tech entrepreneurial executive, mentor, and advisor specializing in identifying and launching early-stage concepts into running companies.

Yonald founded Virtual Ink in 1997 with his graduate school colleagues and served as CTO and as a Director until early 2001. He conceived the flagship product, Mimio, a portable retrofit pen-tracking system that records handwritten notes from a conventional whiteboard to a personal computer. The business was launched while at MIT and won $10,000 in 1997 in the prestigious MIT $50k Entrepreneurship Competition. Virtual Ink was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE:NWL).  Download the Virtual Ink Executive Summary.

Mr. Chery currently holds 12 patents in the United States, 4 patents in the United Kingdom, with several more pending in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  See an IPVision Forward Patent Landscape Map of Mr Chery's patents.

Mr. Chery often speaks about technology strategy, team-building, business plan development, and entrepreneurship and has lectured on such topics at MIT's Sloan School of Management.  Mr. Chery holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, both from MIT.



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