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.


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



Ingrid Toppelberg

Ingrid began her career doing Private Equity in Argentina and she later moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Company. During her tenure at McKinsey, Ingrid worked across a broad range of industries, including retail, banking and telecommunications in North and South America as well as Europe. She specialized in transformational processes such as post-merger…

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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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Priyanka Bakaya

Priyanka Bakaya is the Founder and CEO at Renewlogy, a firm dedicated to renewing all types of waste. Renewlogy has three key initiatives through which it fulfills its core mission: Renewlogy Energy, Renewlogy Waste Zero, and Renewlogy Oceans. Through these initiatives Renewlogy helps cities and companies meet their zero waste goals, prevent waste from entering…

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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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Rene Reinsberg

Rene Reinsberg is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a leading venture firm and investor in Kayak, Snap, Stripe, Demandware and AirBnB among others. Most recently, Rene was GoDaddy’s Vice President of Emerging Products, responsible for bringing new products to GoDaddy’s portfolio, focused on helping entrepreneurs and small businesses establish and grow their ventures….

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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!