The MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a new program from MIT for global innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. Participants will come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an intense, week-long program to learn how to build innovation-driven ventures that solve global challenges.
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Final Application Deadline
*Submit Round 1 by April 4, 12am ET (Boston Time)
July 28 – August 3
Cassino da Urca
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What's unique about attending an MIT Bootcamp?
Learn directly from and receive immediate feedback and coaching from MIT faculty and MIT-trained coaches.
Accelerate your professional and personal development in an intensive, fun, and supportive environment.
Join a global community of innovators passionate about solving challenges through innovation.
Bootcampers are expected to be active learning partners with other Bootcampers and coaches. Lectures are interactive and project time is driven by the team. Throughout the program, Bootcampers will learn and practice a variety of new skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation, both from MIT faculty, MIT coaches, and guest speakers as well as through their experiences in project teams. Each Bootcamper has the opportunity to be CEO, leading the team through its project work for a day. Active learning is an experience, and in one week, the Bootcamp provides participants many experiences most entrepreneurs and innovators face in the first 2-3 years of a new venture.
Develop Innovation-Driven Venture Skills
- Identify, define, and characterize problems
- Spot opportunities for innovation
- Segment and analyze opportunities
- Evaluate and choose innovation diffusion pathways
- Evaluate and choose models of new ventures
- Conduct customer and market research both qualitatively and quantitatively
- Design customer journey
- Establish foundation of product development
- Evaluate and choose market strategy
- Develop an in depth understanding of your customer
- Identify and quantify sources of value
- Map and influence customer decision making process
And much more from MIT's innovation frameworks, world-class experts and innovators...
What to expect at Bootcamp
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Who is the Bootcamp for?
Past Bootcampers have come from a diversity of backgrounds:
- Early stage entrepreneurs
- Serial entrepreneurs
- Individuals in transition or looking for a career change
- Doctors, lawyers, and other service based professionals
- Graduate students & researchers
- Innovation managers
- Family business owners
- Product managers
- NGO leaders
- Corporate professionals
- Designers & creatives
- Professors & educators
Bootcamp Faculty To Be Announced
Coaches To Be Announced
The team at MIT Bootcamps selects the best applicants from all over the world to create a cohort of innovators with the potential to change the world. The application process consists of two rounds:
Submit background information, resume, and 60-second video introduction
After completing the Video Essays, you will receive an admissions decision for the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. NOTE: admissions are conducted on a rolling basis! The sooner you apply to the Bootcamp, the sooner the team will process your application.
*As part of the application process, you will receive a complimentary Entrepreneurship Skills Assessment to help you understand what you need to focus on in order to achieve a higher level of success in your innovation journey.
Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge
For each program, MIT can only offer scholarships to a handful of candidates, so if you are admitted, please do not wait to come up with funding until we have made scholarship decisions and let your ability to attend be determined by this decision.
The MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp journey does not start on the first day of the program but rather from the moment you begin your application. If you are unable to self-fund, sponsorship, crowdfunding, and other scholarships are potential sources of funding for tuition. Researching the appropriate sources and crafting your message to approach them and convince them to invest in your future are skills that you will practice often on your journey as a successful innovator. Instead of seeing raising funds for tuition as an obstacle or setback, see it as a challenge to overcome as an innovator.
You can share the following documents with sponsors so they can understand more about the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp:
Please apply for your Brazil visa as soon as you receive your admissions letter. The visa application process can take up to 6-8 weeks or more depending on your nationality, so please be proactive and apply for your visa as soon as possible.
How should you prepare for the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp?
Take the MIT Bootcamps MOOCs .* MIT’s motto is mens et manus - mind and hand - theory plus practice or action learning. MIT Bootcamps are more than a semester’s worth of work in 6 days. To be best prepared to internalize and practice everything you learn during the program (action learning), we recommend you complete the four MIT Bootcamps MOOCs (theory) before the start of the program. Each course (6-8 modules each) can be completed over a couple days if that’s all you do (we don’t recommend this), or over two to three weeks at a more relaxed pace.
* You can apply prior to enrolling in the online courses. Please aim to complete them prior to attending the Bootcamp.
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Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your Customer?
Entrepreneurship 102: Do You Have a Product?
Entrepreneurship 103: Show Me the Money!