Venture Builder

MIT Innovation Initiative

Cambridge, MA

ID: 7056487
Posted: March 15, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The MIT Innovation Initiative is looking for a Venture Builder to operate within MIT and lead a team through all phases of new venture discovery, conception, and launch. The position is not part of a business plan competition. Rather, the Venture Builder will originate ideas at MIT.

Work within the MIT ecosystem to formulate and explore new venture concepts based on breakthrough research and technology insights.
Facilitate a broad engagement across MIT, including students, post-docs and faculty.
Work closely with the Proto-Venture Advisory Board to lead discovery and exploration direction, potentially serving as a director of a founding scientific team, and potentially providing support for business development and other similar strategic functions.
Represent MIT Proto-Ventures Program at external events.
Explore intellectual property landscape and define opportunity for developing and capturing novel and broad intellectual property protection.
Define key scientific experiments and establish new venture plans and budgets
Engage internal and external scientific and research experts.

Basic Qualifications:
Recent PhD in a scientific discipline. Experience in Health Care, Artificial Intelligence, or in related disciplines.
Experience in translation of technology, leading research teams or building ventures based on research.
Previous experience in Health Care and/or Artificial Intelligence.

Preferred Qualifications:
Scientifically creative thinker with a visionary, optimistic outlook
Demonstrated business acumen with a keen sense for value based on a broad understanding of all aspects of business e.g. intellectual property, R&D, finance, manufacturing, marketing and sales
Strategic planning and building skills with sound scientific skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus
Adaptable, resourceful and entrepreneurial, undaunted by technical and operational challenges
Excellent communication skills, with ability to craft and convey compelling vision of the future
Strong leader and team builder, with the ability to develop and encourage a group of scientific professionals and executives, and to build a culture of innovation, perseverance, and agility
Maintain high level of trust and integrity under strict confidentiality
Entrepreneurial resourcefulness/business acumen
Leadership and team building skills
Communication skills

Successful Candidate will be expected to:
Identify research opportunities across MIT
Guide a venture to successful exit from MIT
Engage faculty, post-docs and students
Assemble a team and spur and lead ideation


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