Established in November 1990, the MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area (VLAB) supports entrepreneurs' interest in "best practices" behind developing viable business models for technology-oriented markets. We provide entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to have their business strategies featured and evaluated by some of the most experienced and successful business professionals in the Bay Area.
The caliber of presenting companies and panelistss at our events has earned VLAB the reputation as one of the premier high-tech forums in Silicon Valley. Past participants have included CEOs and senior level executives from companies such as Yahoo!, Odeo, Linden Labs, Orb, TiVo, JBoss, and Meru Networks. We also attract top-tier VC to weigh in on the issues and have had VCs from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sequoia, Mayfield, USVP, Hummer Winblad and New Enterprise Associates.
VLAB was originally founded by the MIT Enterprise Forum and is sponsored by the Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing, and the Alumni Association of Stanford's Graduate School of Business. We are officially called the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Bay Area and are part of an international organization with 30 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. VLAB events take place on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
MIT Enterprise Forum chapters
The MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area (VLAB) is one of 30 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Each year, MIT Enterprise Forum headquarters produces several newsletters containing information about Enterprise Forum programs, courses, as well as articles of interest for entrepreneurs and forum members. Be sure to visit their web site to download the latest issue or access other content.