Nine MIT researchers were selected as finalists in the inaugural MIT Future Founders Initiative Prize Competition, which encourages women to pursue entrepreneurship in biotech. Participants gained hands-on opportunities to discover how to commercialize their ideas and explored instruction in market assessments, fundraising, and business capitalization.
The competition was presented by the MIT School of Engineering and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, with support from Northpond Ventures.
Prize winner (awarded $250K in discretionary funds):
- Ellen Roche, W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor in the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science and Mechanical Engineering
Runners-up (each awarded $100K):
- Polina Anikeeva, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Associate Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
- Canan Dagdeviren, Assistant Professor and LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
“What a tremendous victory for all involved. Congratulations to the winners and the entire cohort of finalists on the opportunities presented to achieve commercial impact through their research," said Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering.