Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta?
MITEFA is a non-profit extension of the MIT Alumni Association, and one of 28 chapters worldwide. We promote the formation and growth of technology oriented companies through 8-10 specialized education events annually. In addition to superb content which addresses cutting-edge business, technology and marketplace issues, these programs provide valuable networking opportunities for all.
Our programs highlight emerging technologies as well as give the tools you need to start a company, build the team, find the right customers, get funded and get the answers to complex questions regarding entrepreneurship – making it time well spent for the new or seasoned entrepreneur. Join Atlanta’s richest network of business leaders, venture and angel investors, and representatives from the service community!
What are the Goals of the MIT Enterprise Forum?
- To educate the business community by bringing together entrepreneurs, high-tech business managers, venture and angel investors and representatives of the service community in a stimulating, interactive setting.
- To assist individual entrepreneurs, during the critical early phases of their business development.
- To stimulate more informed and more successful local risk-taking.
- To serve as catalyst for improving funding prospects.
Do I have to be an MIT alumna or alumnus to attend Forum events?
No. We invite everyone who is interested to join us as a member or attendee, and USE US (we don’t mind) to build your business. Less than 10 percent of our members are MIT affiliates.
What are the benefits of joining the Forum?
Individual Membership provides free admission for you and discounted admission for your guests to all of our regular events, and special invitations to Members Only VIP receptions with event speakers, panelists, sponsors and other members.
Who will I likely meet?
Our broad and diverse audience includes senior level investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and technology leaders. Roughly 2/3 of our members have experience running their own business. In addition, nearly 1/3 of our members hold titles of Chairman, CEO or President, and 3/4 are on their company’s leadership team (achieving professional levels of VP and higher). Around 50% of our attendees work for tech companies, are investors or academics. The other 50% are our sponsors or service providers in the tech industry.
How do I join?
How do I volunteer?
The MIT Enterprise Forum relies heavily on the generous support of its member volunteers. Are you a resident of the greater Atlanta community? Have you attended at least two Forum events? Are you willing to commit to at least two hours a week to work on Forum activities?
Volunteers from our membership manage every facet of the programs and operations of the Forum, from planning and executing each event to the support operations such as finance, marketing, external relationships, sponsorships, memberships and volunteers.
We encourage all members who are interested in getting more involved with the Forum to join one of our committees and help us make it happen. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Virginia Martin at 404-422-0330 and she will put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair.
Why does the Forum have sponsors?
The MIT Enterprise Forum relies heavily on sponsors to help grow the organization and provide the financial resources to produce top-notch programs, attract expert speakers and hold the program in a high-quality environment.
How can I become a sponsor?
The MIT Enterprise Forum places great value on the depth of our network of sponsors. We are constantly looking to extend our reach into new areas, and we welcome the infusion of new ideas and perspectives into our organization. To find out more, please contact Virginia Martin at 404-422-0330 and she will put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair