What our speakers, sponsors, volunteers and audience members
have to say about MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest.


"As a speaker at one of the MIT Forum events, I can vouch for the stunning quality of the event and most importantly of the attendees. The panel I took part in exposed me to a very well informed and influential slice of the Puget Sound business technology community. This was not only apparent in the lively question and answer discussion but in my interactions before and after the well organized event. Kudos to the team that put this amazingly professional event together."

Al Hilwa, Program Director, IDC 


"The MITEF Big Data Panel in January 2013 brought together the brightest minds in the industry all in one, well thought out and organized format. The relevance and applicability of the issues and examples that were discussed and debated made MITEF unique for both technical professionals and business owners that are either actively building or leveraging “Big Data” in their own lives. The diversity of audience members contributed to the engaging  and lively Q & A.  One of the best events of the year!"

Brian Lent, Chairman, CTO & Co-Founder, Medio Systems


"We really enjoyed the [Big Data] forum and the format of the panel discussion. Each panelist’s background was impressive and we  felt they were very entertaining and also able to relate their expertise to everyone who attended regardless of their knowledge of the topic. Our interactions with Kirby Bartholomew, the planning committee chair, were top notch. He was quite responsive, and we could rely on him to get back to us with a response to our questions within 24 hours, which is super valuable in our world. The team was also very professional when speaking to Brian Lent and other Medio employees to gather information and their perspectives. Thanks for setting it up, and let us
know when you’re having another event!"

 Jennifer Gehrt, Melissa Cafiero and Heather Campbell
Communiqué PR account team for Medio


"The MIT Enterprise Forum NW event [Obstacles and Opportunites for Entrepreneurs in Education] on Tuesday evening was packed with hungry innovators who were asking all the right questions about the role of technology in education. We quickly moved beyond the idea that technology should "make the teacher obsolete," and I had wonderful conversations with entrepreneurs ready to develop digital solutions for enhancing human connections and facilitating deep learning opportunities, in the classroom and virtually!  The MIT Enterprise Forum NW facilitates deep thinking about entrepreneurship and innovation, and this is definitely where I will look for the next breakthroughs in education technology."

 Lindsey Own, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Organizer of Startup Weekend Seattle EDU


"Working with the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest has been amazing, they are one of the most organized teams I have worked with, and have put together an extremely well-run event. One of the biggest fears a speaker has is that nobody shows up. The team did an excellent job of advertising the event to their channels and the panel had an excellent turn-out of well-informed participants. The energy before, during, and after the event was great."

Damon Danieli, Founder & CTO, Z2Live


"Working with the planning team of the Boomers, Technology & Health: Consumers Taking Charge MIT Enterprise Forum was an enjoyable and valuable professional opportunity. I found the initial meeting with this team to be thought-provoking, and made numerous new professional connections from the presentation at the event. In addition, the white paper the team produced is one of the most succinct and insightful publications on the topic that I have read. It is an honor to be associated with such an impactful volunteer organization that is driving conversations and linking business professionals." 

 Clayton Lewis, Partner, Maveron


"I have been highly impressed with the extent to which the MIT Enterprise Forum of the NW staff proactively help us gain maximum leverage from our sponsorship." 

 Dick Weisberg, Regional Sales Director, Savvis


As both a volunteer and board member, I have found the content to be relevant and thought-provoking, attracting world-class leaders. Both colleagues and clients have found opportunities to grow their network, and stay current on key business and technology trends.”  

 Joanne Hasbrook, Senior Associate, Point B


VLab was absolutely great. The opportunity to hear feedback from the people that make the VC community is priceless. There were many great questions, and the honesty and openness of the panelists was deeply appreciated. I'm really looking forward to the next events.” 

 Luis Israel Pasos Peña, Business Development, Yatapp


 "MIT Enterprise Forum of the NW delivers high-quality educational programs that attract decision-makers in all stages of the entrepreneurial growth cycle, from start-ups to large companies. Each program analyzes issues that are not only interesting, but necessary to understanding cutting-edge industries and business challenges. As a result, MIT Enterprise Forum of the NW is a forum for key resources in the community, and is responsible for making many successful business connections."  

 Rebecca Anderson, Attorney, Microsoft Corporation