Talk: Christina Chase
“Start-ups: Tales from MIT’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence”
W20-307 @ 11 AM, November 2 2015
(Third floor of the Student Center on MIT’s campus)
Christina Chase is a Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is the Co-Director of STE@M (Sports Technology Education @ MIT). Prior to this she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where she helped hundreds of teams go from concept to company. In 2014, she was named by Mashable as one of the 15 People Shaping Boston’s Tech Scene and in 2013, one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the Boston Tech Community.
At MIT’s School of Engineering, Christina leads the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship class, Entrepreneurship in Engineering: The Founder’s Journey, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is one of the organizers of StartMIT, the EECS IAP Entrepreneurship Workshop. She also serves as the Academic Advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s 2A Entrepreneurship Track and advisor for the Design of Medical Devices and Precision Machine Design classes.
Christina is an entrepreneur with a track record of success in a several industries, starting her first company when she was 18 years old. Most recently she was the CEO and co-founder of Firehoze, an education technology company that focused on online education that involved over a hundred instructors from the most prestigious universities. Prior to that, for the healthcare IT startup Casenet, she built and ran the marketing and business development division positioning the company to be the industry leader. At the photonics company, Labsphere, Christina ran the Materials and Coating division where, in under a year, she tripled her division’s revenue and led the group to file three key patents. She has also worked at Dartmouth College’s Entrepreneurial Network to help launch startups that commercialized Dartmouth College’s intellectual property portfolio. At HP, Christina managed marketing for the newly formed OEM data storage division and changed the way HP thought about OEM marketing. Christina is a TechStars mentor and serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board and SXSW V2V Advisory Board.