MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 28-August 3, 2018


What is the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp?

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.

Watch these videos to learn more about past Bootcamps:

Final Application Deadline

April 15*


*Submit Round 1 by April 15, 12am ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

July 28 – August 3



Istituto Europeo di Design
Cassino da Urca

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What's unique about attending an MIT Bootcamp?

Learning Experiences

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.

Trek: Rio Innovation Experience

Jul 25-27, 2018 | From 9am to 7pm, includes all meals and night experience | $2500 USD


Image courtesy of Rafael Defavari CC BY-SA 4.0

The ‘Rio Innovation Experience’ will present the city beyond the postcard, unveiling the essence of the ‘carioca way’ (native way of life of the residents of Rio) showcasing design, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Amidst the beauty and chaos, creative professionals are transforming the city’s culture into businesses.

Supported by professionals and experts from diverse backgrounds, participants will engage with the city’s inventors to learn about the many creative solutions that are woven into this tropical environment.

With more than 30 hours of activities over three intense days, you will gain a deeper understanding of how innovation in Rio comes to life. The Trek will showcase projects, solutions and how successful businesses integrate art, design, fashion, entertainment - and most of all creativity - into their daily life.


And much more from MIT's innovation frameworks, world-class experts and innovators...

What to expect at Bootcamp

Here's what past Bootcampers have said about their experience...

Who is the Bootcamp for?


Bootcamp Instructors

Bill Aulet

Bill Aulet

Professor of the Practice, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management and Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Brian Subirana

Brian Subirana

Acting Director of the MIT Auto-ID lab and Research Scientist at MIT



Ana Luisa Santos

Ana Luisa Santos is an MIT Media Lab alumna dedicated to empowering youth via education technology. She co-founded an edtech startup and launched operations in Brazil of 2 Silicon Valley ventures. She is currently the Senior Market Manager, Brazil at Khan Academy, responsible for partnerships, funder stewardship, operations and digital marketing strategy, aiming to offer…

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Hanna Adeyema

As a COO and founder of Tenacity (acquired by Cogito Corp), Hanna was involved in all aspects of running an early business, including fundraising, finance, operations, and product development. Using research from the MIT Media Lab, Tenacity reduced attrition in call centers by building an online platform for call center agents that taught them how…

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Erica Swallow

Erica Swallow is is the founder of Southern Swallow digital strategy consultancy, which helps clients, large and small, tell their stories on the web. Erica began her career in marketing at The New York Times and later served as an editor at technology news site Mashable, director of community at media tech startup Contently, and VP of product at education nonprofit Noble Impact….

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Mateo Nakach

Mateo Nakach is a family man and an Entrepreneur, lives in Mexico City, has over 20 years of experience in ventures such as a B2B (Enterprise solutions) and B2C (Consumer products) some of his activities have been in operation and directive roles such as Commercialization, Distribution, Retail, Operations, Finance and Strategy among others. He also…

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Nasir Yammama

Nasir is a Creative Technologist and Entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Verdant AgriTech, a startup that builds solutions for farmers and other stakeholders of the agricultural value-chain in Nigeria. Nasir made the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” list. He also received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth…

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Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson has over 15 years of experience in business development and sales in Asia, North America and Europe. Since 2011 Jeff has run business development and operations at Manus Bio, a synthetic biology spinout from MIT, that he helped start and launch with $25M in non-dilutive capital from early adopting customers. Jeff has played…

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Bootcamp Team

Admissions Process and Criteria

Admissions to the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is highly selective. The most successful Bootcampers had these qualities before attending that contributed to their success at the Bootcamp and beyond:


Capacity for calculated risk


Initiative with follow-through


Open and critical thinking


Focus on community

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:

Round 1

Submit background information, resume, and 60-second video introduction

Round 2

Video Essays

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.



*USD. Covers program and food for the duration of the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Please note you will still be responsible for cost of travel and accommodation. Please don't worry about the cost to attend, just apply.

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.

Sponsorship Kit:

You can share the following documents with sponsors so they can understand more about the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp:

Visa Information

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.


User innovation: A Pathway to Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your Customer?


Entrepreneurship 102: Do You Have a Product?


Entrepreneurship 103: Show Me the Money!

Do you have what it takes?

Apply to the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp!