Lecturer & Co-founder, MIT Bootcamps
Erdin Beshimov is a Founder of the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Lecturer in MIT’s online courses “You Can Innovate: User Innovation & Entrepreneurship”, “Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer?”, “Entrepreneurship 102: What Can You Do For Your Customer”, and “Entrepreneurship 103: Show Me The Money”.
Erdin is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before returning to work at MIT, Erdin served a Principal in the VentureLabs of Flagship Ventures where he focused on ventures in water and sustainability. Prior to that Erdin co-founded Ubiquitous Energy, a solar startup catalyzed in the MIT course “New Enterprises”.
While a student at MIT, Erdin co-founded the MIT Entrepreneurship Review, a journal that brings latest scientific knowledge for entrepreneurs. He also served as Teaching Assistant for seven MIT courses on entrepreneurship and innovation, including Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology, From MIT to CEO: Technologists Leading Startup Ventures, and Corporate Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Erdin was a Summer Associate at Venrock Associates, where he assisted in the development of Venrock’s investment strategy in energy efficiency, and a finalist in the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Finally, Erdin served as Co-Captain of the MIT Sloan Soccer Club. For his work in entrepreneurship and contributions to student life at MIT, Erdin was awarded the Patrick J. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, the Carol and Howard Anderson Fellowship, and the MIT Sloan Peer Recognition Award.
Erdin originally hails from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, and lived in India and the United Kingdom before coming to the United States. In addition to an MBA from MIT Sloan, Erdin holds a BA (first-class honours) in Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he was awarded the International Student Scholarship and the James O’Connell Scholarship for Peace Studies, and an MA in Area Studies of the former Soviet Union from Harvard University, where he studied on full scholarship.