Changing the game

Nine MIT researchers were selected as finalists in the inaugural MIT Future Founders Initiative Prize Competition, encouraging 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’s grand prize winner, Ellen Roche, was awarded $250K in discretionary funds, and runners-up Polina Anikeeva and Canan Dagdeviren, were each awarded $100K.

The competition was presented in partnership by the MIT School of Engineering and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, with support from Northpond Ventures.

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