MIT-Harvard Medical School Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp

Cambridge, MA | August 12 - 17, 2018


The MIT-Harvard Medical School Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp


You will come out the other end armed with a comprehensive toolkit for healthcare innovation.

What’s more, you will join a global community of innovators passionate about solving healthcare related problems and other innovation challenges.


The MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp is a new accelerated-learning program by Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care and the MIT Bootcamps.

You will attend lectures on healthcare, innovation, and entrepreneurship from faculty at both universities, and work on project teams to start a new healthcare venture in one week.


In one week, the Bootcamp will provide you with experiences healthcare entrepreneurs face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.

It’s time to innovate! Join our global innovation community. We are an inclusive meritocracy.

Check out these short videos on our past Bootcamps:

Early Bird Application Deadline

May 1*


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

Bootcamp Dates

August 12 - 17



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

What's unique about attending the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp?

Learning Experiences

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 1-2 years of a new venture.

And much more from Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care's healthcare expertise, 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 Speakers


Ateev Mehrotra
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on interventions to decrease costs and improve quality of care. Much of his work has focused on innovations in delivery such as retail clinics…

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Claire Cecile Pierre
Chief of Quality and Medical Informatics, South End Community Health Center
Director, Program in Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change

Dr. Pierre is an instructor in global health and social medicine, director of the Program in Global Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, and instructor at Cambridge Health Alliance. Her research interests are health care workforce reinforcement through global partnerships; strengthening health systems across the post disaster periods (humanitarian, recovery, etc.);…

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Eric von Hippel

Eric von Hippel is T Wilson Professor of Innovation Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. Von Hippel is known for his research into the sources of innovation. He and his colleagues find that innovation is shifting away from product and service producers to product and service…

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Gajen Sunthara
Co-Founder, 1upHealth

Gajen Sunthara is the Director of Innovation R&D at Boston Children’s Hospital and is the founder of 1upHealth. Prior to this, he helped tech-architect President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative at the White House, worked at The United States Digital Service (USDS), and served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) at the U.S. Department of Health…

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Jeff Sabados

Jeff Sabados is currently co-Founder of a drug development company for anxiety and trauma related disorders, Resilience Therapeutics, based in Boston, MA. Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety and an estimated 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD. In fact, PTSD is a major contributor to the suicides of approximately 20 Veterans everyday. Jeff is…

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Krishna Yeshwant
Partner, Google Ventures

Dr. Krishna Yeshwant is a physician, programmer, and entrepreneur who has been working with GV since its inception. He first joined Google as part of the New Business Development team. Prior to Google, Krishna helped start an electronic data interchange company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard and a network security company that was acquired by…

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Ricky Sahu
CEO, 1upHealth

Ricky previously worked at Google on the Google Apps for Business team to automate support for customer issues and forecast demand to staff hundreds of employees around the globe. Afterward he built tools to improve search engine optimization and online marketing using machine learning at Promediacorp for companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Forever21. Prior to…

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Zach Malchano
VP, Product Development at Cognito Therapeutics

Zach Malchano has a background in engineering (MIT EE, Harvard/MIT BME) and medical device innovation (Stanford Biodesign Fellowship). He has helped build as a founder or early employee several medical device startup companies over the past 10 years including leading products into clinical studies and through regulatory approvals. He has also served as an entrepreneur…

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Coaches (More To Be Announced)


Nicky Agahari

Nicky Agahari is the founder of INCONFIDENCE, a discreet, non-invasive, and wearable medical device that helps patients suffering from incontinence.  With a rapidly aging society globally and with over 70% of patients in aged care suffering from incontinence; INCONFIDENCE hopes to offer a solution to patients that treats the neurological core of incontinence through neuromodulation…

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MIT-HMS Bootcamp Team

Andrew Ngui

Andrew Ngui

Senior Program Manager,
MIT Bootcamps
Erin Farren

Erin Farren

Education Program Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Thomas Bazerghi

Thomas Bazerghi

Program Coordinator, MIT Bootcamps
Caroline Barnaby

Caroline Barnaby

Marketing Coordinator, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Eric Fillinger

Eric Fillinger

Program Coordinator for Education, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Vimala Palaniswamy

Vimala Palaniswamy

Associate Director, MIT Bootcamps
Danielle Lebedevitch

Danielle Lebedevitch

Event Manager, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Leah Riley

Leah Riley

InciteHealth Program Coordinator, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer & Co-Founder,
MIT Bootcamps
Paola Abello

Paola Abello

InciteHealth Program Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Admissions Process and Criteria

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


Capacity for Calculated Risk

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. But seizing new opportunities comes with an inescapable amount of risk. We look for applicants who are confident and calculated risk takers, and can weigh when it makes sense to embark on a new venture, pivot, or start anew.

Focus on Community

At MIT we believe that the team is more important than the idea. Great teams make amazing companies and can turn average ideas into life-changing innovations. Ideal candidates will put the team above themselves, and have a strong track record of contributing to their community.

Open and Critical Thinking

Developing your venture will require collaboration and openness to new ideas. We look for individuals with an ability to combine critical thinking with an open mind.

Initiative with Follow-Through

Anyone can start a new venture, but what separates the thriving businesses from those that fail is follow-through. We looks for applicants that start new ventures, but will follow-through even when the going gets tough.

The team at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care and MIT selects the best applicants 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

Admissions Decision

After completing the Video Essays, you will receive an admissions decision for the Bootcamp

NOTE: admissions are conducted on a rolling basis! The sooner you apply to the Bootcamp, the sooner the team will process your application.


Early Bird Fee


Apply by May 1st, 2018

Standard Fee


Applications after May 1st, 2018

*USD. Covers program and food for the duration of the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation 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.

Refund policy: please review our full terms and conditions.

CMEs and CEUs


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 27.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



This program is co-sponsored by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care.  McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 27.5 C.E. hour(s) for psychologists. For more information, please email



This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 27.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Workers

For information about continuing education credit for social workers, please call 617-432-8237.

CME-Qualifying Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, define, and characterize problems in the healthcare domain.
  • Develop an in depth understanding of your customer.
  • Describe effective ways to present to seasoned investors.
  • Review and evaluate medical innovations.
  • Collaborate with patients, providers, hospitals and clinics.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of how healthcare is transforming.

Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge

For each program, we 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-HMS Healthcare Innovation 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-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp:

Visa Information

If you require a tourist visa to travel to the United States please apply as soon as possible. Please use your admissions letter to the Bootcamp as a supporting document if required.

How should you prepare for the Bootcamp?

Take the MIT Bootcamps MOOCs. MIT’s motto is mens et manus - minds and hands - 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.


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-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp!