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
*Submit Round 1 by April 15, 12am ET (Boston Time)
July 28 – August 3
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.
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.
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
Here's what past Bootcampers have said about their experience...
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
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…
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…
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….
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…
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…
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…
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.
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!