Dreams Begin here


The MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest, held annually since 2011, is dedicated to contributing to a global entrepreneurial ecosystem based in the Greater Boston area through series of events that:

  • Nurture and activate entrepreneurs, through inspiring their spirit of innovation, training their comprehensive skills and expanding their social network.

  • Equip entrepreneurs with resources, including mentors, funding, industry expertise, legal service and and know-how of marketing and business models, from both the U.S. and China.

  • Provide entrepreneurs in the U.S. with valuable connections in China and help on immersing their startups into the Chinese market.

  • Offer direct cash awards that help startups accelerate on their way to success. Plus chances to get term sheets.

2017 Contest Retrospect






Life Science/Healthcare

Startups established on technologies and services for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases; unique services for healthcare delivery and new technologies for data analytics in the healthcare market.

Artificial Intelligence

Startups basing their services or products mainly on technologies like big data, machine learning and deep learning.

Advanced Materials/Energy

Chemical, mechanical, optical, acoustical or any type of advanced material solution providing startups; any business focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency or development of products/services that reduce the carbon footprint.

Smart Hardware/Robotics/IoT

Startups focused on Internet of Things, wearable devices, smart home appliances, or any kinds of smart hardware; unmanned vehicles and robotics.


Business is focused on software development; products and services deliver value through web and mobile platforms.

Social Impact

Business creating sustainable social values, solving social issues by providing innovative, highly effective and scalable solutions.


Startups that using disruptive technologies or business models that improve asset management, lending, payments, and other core areas of the financial services.