Joost Bonsen

Joost studies Innovation Everywhere, from invention in research labs through action in entrepreneurial startups and innovation ecosystems generally. He most recently finished the Management of Technology program at MIT Sloan with his thesis The Innovation Institute: From Creative Inquiry Through Real-World Impact at MIT Prior to MIT Sloan, Bonsen ran the MIT Founders Project which quantified the economic impact of MIT-related entrepreneurs, findings ultimately published by BankBoston as MIT: Impact of Innovation. Formerly an entrant, mentor, judge, and Lead Organizer of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competitionhe was instrumental in the growth of and recent doubling of the prize fund to include a Development and Social Impact Track He is co-founder of the Howtoons Project which distributes educational cartoons showing kids everywhere "How To" build things using everyday materials and tools. He is co-founder of the MIT Innovation Club, TechLink and numerous entrepreneurial events and gatherings, including the MIT Chairman’s Salons. Joost was co-creator and founding Teaching Assistant or instructor of several MIT classes and seminars, including the IAP Nuts & Bolts of Business Plans with Joe Hadzima and Developmental Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovations with Sandy Pentland, and most recently Neurotechnology Ventures with Ed Boyden & Rutledge Ellis-Behnke He has hosted a weekly television show HighTechFever since 1999 (over 250 unique interviews with inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professional service providers, and more) and has run entrepreneurial networking VentureNights at the MIT Muddy Charles Pub since the mid-1990s, as noted in The Venture Café Joost did his Bachelor's in Bio-Electrical Engineering also at MIT.

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