About Us

Our mission is to have a significant and positive impact on the Houston Community with inspiring programs and events on technology, entrepreneurship, and economics.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas is one of 21 worldwide chapters (15 US chapters and 6 international chapters). All the chapters are non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3), staffed by volunteers and affiliated with MIT and MIT Technology Review Magazine in Cambridge.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas (Houston) was formed in 1984 and has been important contributor to the Houston Community. Each year we organize 7 Flagship Programs, 7 New Venture Clinics, and 3 Networking Socials.

The Flagship Programs

NanotechnologyThe Flagship Programs include topics relevant to business leaders, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs. The Flagship programs consistently include top-notch speakers and panelists who have local, regional, national and global expertise. Past programs include The Cyber Security Threat with the FBI and Homeland Security, The Future of Fresh Water with National Geographic Magazine, Managing Innovation with Dr. John Lienhard (Engines of your Engenuity), Commercializing Nanotechnology with Rice University, Economic Development in the Houston area with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Energy and Energy Policy with John Hofmeister, 2014 Business Forecast with John Duca from the Federal Reserve, Shale Gas Fracking with Southwestern Energy, Halliburton, Texas A&M, Environmental Defense Fund and Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, Bob Metcalfe (inventor of the Ethernet) talking about Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Innovations in Medical Robotics with the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Our program on "Social Enterpreneurship" was broadcast on Channel 8 TV in December of 2013. The programs are open to everyone.

The MITEF New Venture Clinics

New Venture Clinic Presenter -- EnerPolThe MITEF New Venture Clinics help start-up companies improve their presentations and business plans with the help of a panel of senior business advisors. There are seven New Venture Clinic every year that help new companies get off to a strong start.

Networking Socials

The Networking Socials are a chance for MIT Enterprise Forum members and non-members (open to everyone) to explore local venues, and connect with business leaders in a relaxed setting. This is your opportunity to network with interesting and accomplished people that can make a difference in your business and career.

Anyone Can Join

The MIT Enterprise Forum was originally started by MIT Alumni but you do not need to be an MIT Alumni to join. Anyone can belong and participate in the MIT Enterprise Forum. Members and volunteers are passionate about driving technology and innovation to commercialization, learning about new technology developments and issues, and networking with business leaders, investors, industry experts and entrepreneurs.

The Chapter Executive Committee (CEC)

The local governing body is the Chapter Executive Committee (CEC). The CEC is assisted by the Advisory Board which is made up of past CEC members and other leaders in our community. The CEC also gets input and guidance from our Sponsors.