MIT Global Startup Workshop 2016

Hyderabad, India - March 21-23, 2016

Learn about starting a company, launch your startup, or raise money at MIT GSW 2016! Our three day conference is a must-attend event for anyone who is active or new to the startup-community. Join others who are approaching the future from different angles and learn from the best mentors from the Silicon Valley, MIT, and global entrepreneurship hubs. Our conference gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself by networking with your peers, exchanging ideas with experts, and sharing best practices and lessons learned from around the world.

MIT GSW is more than just a conference; it has become a premiere global training and networking event for entrepreneurs. Every year, we host our conference in a different location. This year, we are proud to bring MIT GSW to Hyderabad, India. Since 1998, our non-profit organization has held 16 international workshops, spanning 6 continents, and has attracted participants from over 70 nations.

This year, GSW is committed to bringing four key deliverables to the conference:

i- Unparalleled access to mentors: recruiting 1 mentor for every 10 attendees
ii- International competitions: elevator pitch and business plan (cash prizes) competitions
iii- Hands-on training: providing multiple hands-on activities where attendees do work in small groups, and with mentors, on business plans and pitches. 
iv- Monitored profiles of attendees: setting up a new registration process to monitor representation at the workshop of gender/nationality/skills with three main profiles: creative, tech, business.

What are you waiting for? Apply today!


The last GSW I attended was Seoul in 2011, and I have been to the ones in Trondheim, Madrid, Cape Town, Reykjavik before that. I met YouNoodle co-founder Rebeca Hwang (Stanford BASES) in Trondheim, who met fellow co-founders Bob Goodson and Kirill Makharinsky (Oxford Entrepreneurs) at the GSW in Buenos Aires the year before. Here they decided to start YouNoodle, as they saw a huge common need of inspiring and connecting student entrepreneurs. Bob is now co-founder of Quid in San Francisco, Kirill is founder/CEO of Ostrovuk in Russia, and Rebeca and myself re-founded YouNoodle in 2010. New company, new team, but the same dream of a connected world of opportunities for top student entrepreneurs.

MIT Global Startup Workshop gave us all the inspiration we needed to take the leap and do something big for global entrepreneurship. Today, YouNoodle’s Podium software powers entrepreneurship competitions at Stanford, Cambridge, and Princeton, among others, and our platform is also the backbone of Start-Up Chile, Intel Challenge, and IBM SmartCamp. We just launched our beta Facebook app for student entrepreneurship groups, and we are toying around with a mobile app for entrepreneurship meetups too. Without GSW, YouNoodle would have never happened, it’s as simple as that.
— Torsten Kolind - YouNoodle, Co-founder
My company was nothing more than a really cool idea before GSW. While the preliminary market research was solid and the concept interesting, I was not really sure I would want to dedicate the next few years of my life to this particular project.

Upon registration, I got an email offering to take a free consultation sessions with Stephen Brown, founder of Innovate4Growth. I signed up for that, and it was great to have a chance to sit down for a one-on-one coaching session with someone who has actually worked with successful entrepreneurs. Then, during Thursday evening’s cocktail party, I had a short conversation with Bill Aulet, and he gave me his card and asked me to get in touch with him next time I were to go to Boston. I took him up on that offer and ended up attending the t=0 Entrepreneurship Festival at MIT last Fall.

Over the months that followed the GSW, I was able to stay in contact with people who motivated me and helped me further refine my proposal. This Winter, I finished the last of my business school courses, and submitted the proposal to the Seoul Global Center. My application was accepted, and as of this January I have moved into the incubator in the Seoul International Finance Center to work on my company full time.

The best aspect of the GSW is that the community of organizers and speakers seek to build meaningful relationships with the attendees. When people here give you a business card and offer to help, they really mean it.
— Mario Garcia - ArticPod, Founder
Our experience attending MIT GSW was beyond our expectation. It was a mixed feelings experience. As much as we were happy and honored to be selected to participate in the BPC, we felt huge pressure when we met the other teams and it’s high level products/solutions that we were competing against. But the event goes way over the Business Plan Competition itself, the quality of contacts we had during the week and the amount of feedback we received was priceless. We came back home on another level and the market perceived it. I recommend it to all startups that are committed to building a great company and aiming to change the world.
— João Marinheiro - I2O - Industrial Intelligente Online, Co-Founder
I co-founded Podio, a web-based collaboration tool that allows teams, companies, and organizations worldwide to manage their work online. At the GSW in Iceland (2010), I was able to pitch the idea for Podio to hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors from around the world during the Elevator Pitch Competition (which my team won), and I received helpful feedback and was able to develop strong friendships with young entrepreneurs that I stay in touch with even today and continue to visit in Iceland, Portugal, and Boston.

After GSW 2010 in Iceland, I launched Podio in San Francisco and grew the company to over 25 team members from 14 different countries, working from two offices (San Francisco and Copenhagen). In just the past year, progress has been phenomenal: We went on a world tour discussing the “future of Work” with our potential customers, and Podio now has 40,000 organizations that use the tool, and over 50,000 apps have been built by employees in 170 countries around the world, hundreds of those shared in the Podio App Store. Furthermore, Podio now speaks 7 languages, and we have been voted the “Best Business or Enterprise Startup” in Europe during the TechCrunch Europas competition.

A lot has happened in the years since GSW 2010 in Iceland, and I’m definitely glad that I attended it.
— Kasper Hulthin - Podio, Co-Founder
Working across several time zones, we eventually travelled to Guatemala for the MIT GSW. It was also the first time the whole team members met in person. Our team did truly represent the global nature of the MIT GSW. Delivering our pitch was an exhilarating experience for us as it was for every other team - we shared some jokes backstage before going on stage. During this process we were supported by the organising team which was a massive relief. We won the MIT GSW competition in the end, we also won the elevator pitch competition where we were represented by Chris McAndrew. Overall, the MIT-GSW was a massively prestigious and important win which set us on the patch to being the company we are today. Thanks for all the judges and organisers for recognising that.
— Agabi Oshiorenoya - Koniku, CEO
I run Xtreamis, an online media startup based in Buenos Aires. We started in late 2010 as a university spin-off, a video-stream indexing service called “Stream Roulette”, which eventually evolved into a B2B content syndication platform.

GSW 2011 was my first, and it has catapulted me into an intense entrepreneurial lifestyle. It allowed me to build an amazing global network of contacts, who personally introduced us to our first clients and largest competitors. They also happen to be responsible for the greater part of 520,000Km worth of business trips during this past year. It was they who provided the most valuable thing I received at the GSW in Seoul: feedback with a global perspective. The GSW community pushed my company to rethink our business model and pivot into the B2B segment.

These kind of workshops are real stepping stones, they provide opportunities and empowering experiences. Personally, the MIT GSW has given me the confidence and global mindset needed to actively help within my community and to act as an advisor for various other projects.
— Ian Mackinnon - Xtreamis, Founder
2011 MIT GSW was such a turning point, both for my personal life and for my startup life. At that time I was only an undergrad student from Seoul with one idea in my head and nothing else. During the GSW, I participated in the Elevator Pitch Contest and I was able to pitch my idea to students, entrepreneurs and VCs from all over the world. The connections I made there led me to apply for Mass Challenge, a startup accelerator, and eventually I made it to the final round of accelerator as one of 125 finalists among 850 participants. All 5 members of my startup, StyleShare, flew over to Boston to participate in MassChallenge, and under the mentorship of the very people I had met at GSW 2011, we managed to launch the first beta version of StyleShare for the international community.

Those 3 days of MIT GSW were so inspiring and it was all thanks to GSW that I was able to meet entrepreneurs who helped me and gave me the opportunity and courage to make my idea of StyleShare happen.
— Jayoung Yoon - StyleShare, CEO
You could definitely say that GSW was a turning point for us and E-POL! Personally, getting to know all those entrepreneurs in Istanbul and share their vision was an “external approval” for our desire to open a business. For our project, all the feedback we got was really important so we could develop a lot in a short period of time. The Masschallenge opportunity was something even more extraordinary, and we would not consider it if not for GSW. Our four month experience at the MassChallenge office in Boston was unique, in every possible way! Further at the GSW we met a future mentor and many supporters and friends.
— Fernanda Rocha Vidal - E-POL, Founder