Sponsorship Information

Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Our Community!

Sponsoring the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas is a great way to support the Houston community and become affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MIT Technology Review Magazine.  As a sponsor you will be part of a dynamic organization that creates informative programs that fuel innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas (MITEF Texas) is one of 21 global chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization affiliated with MIT and MIT Technology Review Magazine.
  • We produce world-class networking and educational programs to inspire, connect and educate the business community, entrepreneurs, innovators and educators. In Houston, we host seven Flagship Programs, seven New Venture Clinics and three Networking Socials annually.
  • Everyone is welcome to join the Enterprise Forum, whether MIT alumni or not.  Members are passionate about driving technology commercialization and innovation, learning about new technology developments and issues, and networking with business leaders, investors, industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Flagship Programs involve topics relevant to business and government leaders and consistently include top-notch speakers and panelists with local, regional, national and global appeal. Past MITEF Texas programs have explored the "Cyber Security Threat" with the FBI and Homeland Security, the "Future of Fresh Water" with National Geographic, "The Top 10 Technical Innovations" (with Jason Pontin, Editor, MIT Technology Review Magazine), "Energy and Energy Policy" (with John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil), "Economic Development in the Houston Area" (with Houston Mayor, Annise Parker), "Shale Gas Fracking", "The Entrepreneurial Experience" with Bob Metcalfe, and "Advances in Neuroscience" with Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Our flagship program on "Social Enterpreneurship" with Ashoka was broadcast on Channel 8 TV (PBS).

Flagship Programs are open to the public, with invitations sent to our mailing list of over six thousand local business and civic leaders, entrepreneurs and educators.

New Venture Clinics support innovation and entrepreneurship in the community by helping start-up companies refine their presentations and business plans. Local start-ups present their plans to a panel of select advisers consisting of senior business managers, consultants and investors who provide valuable feedback that has helped many area businesses get off to a strong start. Two start up companies present at each of the seven clinics held annually. Participation in clinics is by invitation only.

Networking Socials provide the opportunity for Houston’s diverse business community to explore local venues and network in a relaxed setting.

Become an Annual or Event Sponsor and Join Our Team!

Your sponsorship will allow us to continue to support and inspire the Houston Community with great programs and events on entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and economics. Sponsorship arrangements can be tailored to meet your needs and may vary by event. The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. For more information contact Darcee Grice, Sponsorships@MITEFtexas.org

Event Sponsor

Event Sponsorships will vary depending upon the Flagship Program.  Please Contact  David Hansen, Sponsorships@MITEFtexas.org, for details about Sponsorship opportunities for a particular Flagship program.

Annual Sponsor Benefits

Gold - $1,500/yr

  • Complimentary passes to Flagship events: 2
  • Discount to Flagship Event for All Employees: $10
  • Preferential Seating: No
  • Recognition:
    • If available, speaking opportunity at the begining of an event
    • Special name tags and verbal recongition as Gold sponsor
    • Opportunity to distribute literature at place settings or dedicated exhibitor table at all events
    • Name and logo promimently displayed in promotional material and on website along with embedded link to sponsor's website
  • Participation in MITEF Texas Activities: 
    • Complimentary pass to observe MITEF New Venture Clinics
    • Invited to participate in any Forum committees of interest


Platinum - $3,000/yr

  • Complimentary passes to Flagship events: 3
  • Discount to Flagship Event for All Employees: $15
  • Preferential Seating: Yes 
  • Recognition:
    • If available, speaking opportunity at the begining of an event
    • Special name tags and verbal recongition as Platinum sponsor
    • Opportunity to distribute literature at place settings or dedicated exhibitor table at all events
    • Name and logo promimently displayed in promotional material and on website along with embedded link to sponsor's website
  • Participation in MITEF Texas Activities: 
    • Complimentary pass to observe MITEF New Venture Clinics
    • Invited to participate in any Forum committees of interest


Diamond - $5,000/yr

  • Complimentary passes to Flagship events: 5
  • Discount to Flagship Event for All Employees: $15
  • Preferential Seating: Yes
  • Recognition:
    • If available, speaking opportunity at the begining of an event
    • Special name tags and verbal recongition as Diamond sponsor
    • Opportunity to distribute literature at place settings or dedicated exhibitor table at all events
    • Name and logo promimently displayed in promotional material and on website along with embedded link to sponsor's website
  • Participation in MITEF Texas Activities: 
    • Complimentary pass to observe MITEF New Venture Clinics
    • Invited to participate in any Forum committees of interest


Foundation - $10,000/yr

  • Complimentary passes to Flagship events: 10
  • Discount to Flagship Event for All Employees: $20
  • Preferential Seating: Yes
  • Recognition:
    • Speaking opportinity at beginning of one or more events
    • Special name tags and verbal recongition as Foundation sponsor
    • Opportunity to distribute literature at place settings or dedicated exhibitor table at all events
    • Name and logo promimently displayed in promotional material and on website along with embedded link to sponsor's website
  • Participation in MITEF Texas Activities: 
    • Complimentary pass to observe MITEF New Venture Clinics
    • Invited to participate in any Forum committees of interest