Program Committee Meeting

It’s like a Backstage Pass to our programs!

Have you ever wanted to meet with top San Diego executives and not just shake their hands, but really get to know their operations and work standards?  Attend our Program Committee meetings and you’ll do just that!  We have two exciting case study programs coming up and could use your expertise.  Help decide the questions to ask; the marketing message; even suggest a speaker or two.  It all happens at our Program Committee Meetings.

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Behind the Scenes Meeting

These Meetings are for Members and Sponsors only.

Ever want a behind the scenes look at one of our events?  On Monday, Nov 16, you can participate in how we brainstorm, plan and create our upcoming programs! Plus, get to meet and work one-on-one with our high profile speakers, presenters and moderators.


  1. Feedback from the November 11 Case Study Program
  2. Planning for January 13, 2016: Student Entrepreneurs and the skills they need from schools
  3. Planning for February 10, 2016: Keynote Speaker Mark Bowles
  4. March 9, 2016: CASE STUDY
      • ​Forming team
      • Discussing applicants and schedule

Remaining programs​ for the year

  • April 13, 2016: The Accidental Entrepreneur: Small business panel
  • May 11, 2016: Game Show Theme
  • June 8, 2016: CASE STUDY


2017 WINE SOCIAL Fundraiser

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AUGUST 2, 2017     6PM – 9PM    DEL MAR


Come network and drink fine wine for a good cause!  Announcing the 2017 MIT Enterprise Forum Wine Social!  This elegant fundraiser and wine tasting event will feature more than 24 boutique wineries from the country’s top wine regions plus offer a mouthwatering dinner from the French Gourmet, all in the company of Tech and Biotech business executives in the beautiful outdoor facilities of Knobbe Martens.  The proceeds of the Wine Social will help STEM and SEPT students, including  sending a San Diego high school teacher to MIT for a week for training in the latest trends in science to be brought back to their students.


Ticket prices are $125 from now until at the door. Please click on the links to buy your ticket, thank you!

2016 WINE SOCIAL Fundraiser

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JULY 27, 2016     6PM – 9PM    LA  JOLLA


Announcing the 2016 MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego Wine Social! Celebrating its 13th year, this elegant fundraiser and wine tasting event is held at the Birch Aquarium featuring more than 35 boutique wineries from some of the country’s top wine regions. Guests enjoy a mouthwatering menu from The French Gourmet as they soak up the ocean-view summer sunset. Drawing more than 500 guests (of which 40% are C-Level), the Wine Social is widely recognized as the premier summer event in San Diego.  Proceeds help San Diego STEM and SEPT students.

Tickets are on sale now.

Regular Pricing  (May 16 – July 25) = $90

July 26 thru At the Door on July 27 = $120

Sponsors and Partners for web

SOLD OUT: Learn how Blockchain will transform your business

This event is SOLD OUT.  There is no on-site registration due to capacity.

The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence. It’s the blockchain, the technology behind digital currencies like Bitcoin.

Blockchain technology is complex, but the idea is simple. At its most basic, blockchain is a vast, global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value – money, titles, deeds, music, art, scientific discoveries, intellectual property, and even votes – can be moved and stored securely and privately. On the blockchain, trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks, governments and technology companies, but through mass collaboration and clever code. Blockchains ensure integrity and trust between strangers. They make it difficult to cheat.

In other words, it’s the first native digital medium for value, just as the internet was the first native digital medium for information. And this has big implications for business and the corporation.

Join us for a special happy hour discussion. We’ll show a video from a Ted Talk and discuss the implications for San Diego business and technology. Experts onthe topic will join us for Q&A after the video.


5:30pm: Networking
6:00pm: Introductions
6:05pm: Presentation
6:30pm: Round table discussion with audience
7:00pm: Conclusion, Networking resumes

The Business of Cannabis: Technology, Marketing and Finance


The business of cannabis is emerging as the biggest new industry in many years. With the legal changes comes scientific, technology, marketing and financial challenges and opportunities. This panel discussion will bring together experts on the changes that are emerging as most critical to businesses.


  1. Learn about the cannabis industry
  2. Understand the new Business to Business landscape
  3. Discover what makes a business a good fit for the industry
  4. Discuss the regulatory and marketing challenges that this new cannabis industry is facing with such rapid growth in San Diego


To educate business professionals on the technology and related financial issues surrounding the cannabis industry. To inform the audience and help expand the knowledge and understanding, including the policies, the supply chain, and the banking challenges.


Introduction to the cannabis industry (market size, supply chain overview)


  • Regulations: What can businesses expect: County, City, State, and Federal laws
  • Banking
  • Software and hardware
  • Barriers to entry
  • Policies and employment outlook in San Diego
  • Ancillary/support businesses
  • Advice for success
  • Failure and risks.


Conclusion: Final thoughts by panel and moderator


Moderator:  Kendra Losee

Kendra Losee, CEO of Mota Marketing, is dedicated to helping businesses grow through marketing. In addition to working with clients to determine their marketing strategies, she teaches marketing at universities, and launched a course teaching social media to cannabis entrepreneurs. From social media to traditional marketing, Kendra’s 20 years of award-winning marketing experience helps her lead the way in cannabis marketing and other industries. Kendra earned her BA in Communications from UCSD, her Executive MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and is halfway through her MFA in Creative Writing from National University.


PoliciesDallin Young, Executive Director, Association of Cannabis Professionals

Young began his career in politics as a consultant during the 2012 election cycle. He has since worked on over 20 campaigns throughout the state of California including some of the largest, most expensive, and closely watched races in the San Diego County area. Young became part of Grassroots Resources in 2015 after working for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2014 and leading the largest field operation in the country in support of the Scott Peters for Congress campaign. 

 Young maintains very close ties to the San Diego political arena by being elected to the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee, with his lobbying and advocacy efforts on behalf of cannabis policy, and by providing the data, voter targeting, and technological support to the California Democratic Party and 14 other county parties throughout California. 

 Young is also the Executive Director of the Association of Cannabis Professionals, a lobbying and advocacy organization working towards establishing common sense cannabis regulations throughout Southern California in order to protect medical patients and provide economic opportunities for small businesses and individuals. 


Global Investors and Entrepreneurs Eric Gomez, VP: Max InterAmericas Inc, CEO: maxiaNET, CEO: Canopy San Diego

Eric is a corporate-trained entrepreneur with a management and strategy focus. He has experience in datacom, real estate, international trade, and cannabis tech. In the last 4 years, Eric has invested in 40+ companies, joined 3 investor networks, helped launch 20+ companies, joined the board of 5 companies, and advised for many, many more.  He currently serves as CEO of maxiaNET, CEO and Canopy San Diego, and VP of Max InterAmericas.

Eric began his career as an engineer in datacom, working for fortune 100 firms such as (GTE (Verizon), PacBell (ATT), PSINet (Cogent, TELUS, Interoute). After business school, Eric moved into asset management for world’s largest public industrial real estate investment trust (REIT), Prologis. Following the collapse of the real estate markets, Eric moved into international trade with an export management company, Max Interamericas, as Vice President. In 2016, Eric created an investment fund in the cannabis industry, using an accelerator model. He is now launching an international business development firm, maxiaNET.

Eric has gained more than 20 years of valuable experience in a wide variety of industries and markets that have defined his investment strategies. Having participated in the boom and bust of the dot-com bubble in the late 1990’s and the boom and collapse of the real estate markets in the late 2000’s, Eric has learned to evaluate market trends, management teams, and business models that are poised to scale with real valuations. Eric prefers the high-growth potential and proximity to the management team inherent in private, seed-stage investing. Eric has developed a portfolio that consists of start-ups in software, medical devices, medical services, consumer goods, data analytics, and the cannabis-ancillary space.


Business Owner Lincoln Fish, CoFounder & CEO, OutCo

With more than 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, Lincoln possesses a formidable background in strategy, finance, marketing, and sales. Lincoln recently resigned his position as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Avadyne Health, a $50 million healthcare administration firm. He is a nationally recognized healthcare leader and recently received a Person of the Year Award from the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

Lincoln’s many business achievements have given him significant financial, customer service, and business development experience. Among these ventures, Lincoln was a co-founder of the firm that became Avadyne Health’s technology division and president of Real Health Laboratories, a nutraceutical company that became one of the nation’s fastest growing consumer products companies and remains the number one natural prostate product on the market. Lincoln is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.


Legal – Dale Hunt, Partner, Hahn, Loeser & Parks, LLP

Dale Hunt is a plant scientist and patent attorney.  Before law school, he earned degrees in botany-BS, plant genetics-MS, and molecular/cellular biology-PhD.  He has worked with universities, plant breeders, and agriculture companies to commercialize plant varieties all over the world, obtaining, licensing, and enforcing IP rights and employing non-IP alternative approaches in countries without strong IP systems.  Dr. Hunt is an advisor to the Open Cannabis Project and was an invited speaker at the May 2017 Marijuana Business Convention on the topic of IP protection for Cannabis strains, products, and companies.  His clients include individuals and companies seeking IP and regulatory advice relating to Cannabis genetics, strains, edibles, topicals, and services ancillary to the Cannabis industry.



5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after Sept. 14

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

Cyber Security Threats of Tomorrow

Join us at the new offices of BDO in Carmel Valley for a special happy hour discussion. We’ll show a video from Stanford’s TedX event and discuss the implications for San Diego business and technology. Cybersecurity faculty from National University will join us for Q&A after the video.

  • Ronald P. Uhlig, Ph.D., Professor Lead Faculty, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science School of Engineering & Computing Department of Applied Engineering
  • Chris Simpson, Director, National University Center for Cybersecurity Academic Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity School of Engineering and Computing

Exit from the 5 by-pass at Carmel Mountain Road.  The offices are just east of the 5 by-pass.  Parking is free in the structure adjacent to the building. DIRECTIONS


5:30pm: Networking
6:00pm: Introductions
6:05pm: Presentation
6:30pm: Round table discussion with audience
7:00pm: Conclusion, Networking resumes

Happy Hour

The MIT Alumni and the MIT Enterprise Forum will be mixing up at special Happy Hour on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at The Poseidon Restaurant on the Beach in Del Mar.

Come join us for a beverage and some great times, meeting new and old friends.

MITEF and MITCSD members are Free. All others: $20

Note: Parking is $5.00 to the valet or try to find street parking for free. If you want to come early, the Poseidon Happy Hour is 4:30-6:30pm.


5:30pm: Networking
6:00pm: Introductions
6:05pm: Presentation
6:30pm: Round table discussion with audience
7:00pm: Conclusion, Networking resumes