MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp

Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
March 23 - 29, 2019


The MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp

Brought to Japan by Nikkei, with support from the University of Tokyo

Special Sponsor


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The MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp is an accelerated-learning program by MIT Bootcamps for students to learn and practice leadership and innovation principles taught at MIT. In addition, learners will have lectures from MIT professors and scientists on Robotics, AI, and IoT.

You will come out the other end armed with a toolkit for innovation and understanding the potential of these technologies.

What’s more, you will join a global community of innovators passionate about technology’s role in solving global challenges.

You will attend lectures on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship from MIT instructors, and work on project teams to start a new venture in one week.

In one week, the Bootcamp will provide you with experiences innovators 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.

Learn more about past programs:

General Application Deadline

November 30*


*Submit Round 1 by November 30, 12am ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

March 23 - 29



Marunouchi and Otemachi

Tokyo, Japan

Venues provided by

Mitsubishi Estate

Global Business Hub Tokyo

3×3 Lab Future

Copyright © MITSUBISHI ESTATE Co., Ltd.

What's unique about attending the MIT Technology & 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 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


Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the…

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Joi Ito

Joichi “Joi” Ito has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy and Internet freedom. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can…

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Shigeru Miyagawa

Shigeru Miyagawa is Senior Associate Dean for Open Learning at MIT. He was on the original MIT committee that proposed OpenCourseWare, and was the Chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee, 2010 – 2013. He is also Co-director of Visualizing Cultures ( with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, John W. Dower. With John Dower, Andrew Gordon of Harvard, and…

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To Be Announced

Bootcamps Team

Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer & Director
Thomas Bazerghi

Thomas Bazerghi

Program Coordinator
Vimala Palaniswamy

Vimala Palaniswamy

Associate Director
Andrew Ngui

Andrew Ngui

Senior Program Manager,
MIT Bootcamps
Olivia Koziol

Olivia Koziol

Admin & Logistics

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 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 Interview

Admissions Decision

After completing the Video Interview, 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.



*USD. Covers program and food for the duration of the MIT Technology & 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.

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 Technology & 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 Technology & Innovation Bootcamp:

Visa Information

If you require a tourist visa to travel to the Japan 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 Technology & Innovation Bootcamp!