MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Brisbane, Australia

February 2 - 8, 2019


The MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

MIT Innovation is Everywhere Trek

January 30 – February 2, 2019 – Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia

MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 

February 2-8, 2019 – Brisbane, Australia

The MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is an accelerated-learning program by MIT Bootcamps for students to learn and practice leadership and innovation principles taught at MIT.

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

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

You will attend lectures on innovation 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

October 15*


*Submit Round 1 by October 15, 12am ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

February 2 - 8




Queensland, Australia

QUT Gardens Point Campus



Innovation is Everywhere Trek

Tangalooma, Moreton Island | January 30 - February 2, 2019

The Innovation is Everywhere Trek is an add-on program to the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Brisbane, Australia. Travel and accommodations during the Trek are included.

Join us on a three-day adventure at Tangalooma on Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia. The Trek will focus on team-building with the aim of understanding how to form a team to innovate anywhere around the world.

Activities will include island exploration, raft building, dolphin feeding, desert safari, snorkeling the wrecks, and a quad bike tour. The Trek will also include sessions on Indigenous History, Technology Innovation, Design Thinking, Robotics for Reef Protection, and more.

What's unique about attending the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship 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?


MIT Instructors


Bill Aulet

Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The Center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking…

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Brian Subirana

Brian Subirana is Acting Director of the MIT Auto-ID lab and Research Scientist at MIT. He has been affiliated with MIT for over 20 years in various capacities including Visiting Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also taught at programs from various Business Schools (MIT Sloan, Harvard, Stanford, IESE, INSEAD). Before…

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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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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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Lindsay Stradley

Sanergy is an MIT spinout that produces fertilizer and other agricultural bi-products through providing safe, affordable sanitation in Africa. After winning the famous MIT $100K business plan competition, the co-founders of Sanergy relocated to Nairobi, Kenya to build the venture. Over the last several years the team has attracted a combination of prize, grant, equity,…

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Ani Vallabhaneni

Sanergy is an MIT spinout that produces fertilizer and other agricultural bi-products through providing safe, affordable sanitation in Africa. After winning the famous MIT $100K business plan competition, the co-founders of Sanergy relocated to Nairobi, Kenya to build the venture. Over the last several years the team has attracted a combination of prize, grant, equity,…

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Robin Bose

Robin is an entrepreneur working to build software that creates both market and social impact. Previously, Robin Bose was a vice president at Endurance International Group, a provider of cloud software that helps small and medium businesses to launch and grow. He also worked with Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs in 70+ countries….

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Chrystina Russell

At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Chrystina Russell is the Executive Director of SNHU’s Global Education Movement (GEM), where she spearheads innovative initiatives to bring tertiary education and employment pathways to refugees and traditionally underserved learners. She’s most passionate about building university programs in refugee camps and urban areas where students who normally would not access…

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Christopher Pirie

Dr. Pirie currently serves as co-founder CEO of Virvio, an early stage biopharmaceutical design company whose platform technology creates alternatives to antibody drugs. Prior to Virvio, he was co-founder and Director of Protein Engineering at Manus Bio, a synthetic biology company developing renewable biosynthetic processes for flavors, fragrances, and sweeteners. There he led a world-class…

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Ed Hallen

Ed is the founder and CEO of The Hiring Engine, a venture backed software platform that helps companies hire hourly workers. He previously co-founded and ran Klaviyo, an ecommerce email marketing platform, that he scaled to tens of millions in revenue and hundreds of employees, and where he still serves on the board. Prior to…

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Yscaira Jimenez

Yscaira Jimenez is the CEO of LaborX, the LinkedIn for the LinkedOut, linking people who are currently linked out of the knowledge economy to good jobs. As a talent marketplace, LaborX connects hiring managers to vocational, boot camp, apprenticeship and community college graduates using predictive skill analytics and 3d resumes. Many of the programs we…

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Bootcamps Team

Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer & Director
Vimala Palaniswamy

Vimala Palaniswamy

Associate Director
Thomas Bazerghi

Thomas Bazerghi

Program Coordinator
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.


All prices in USD. Must be enrolled in a Bootcamp or have graduated a Bootcamp to attend the Trek. Tuition covers program and food for the duration of the Bootcamp. Please note you will still be responsible for cost of travel and accommodation (accommodations included for Trek only). Please don't worry about the cost to attend, just apply.

Refund policy: please review our full terms and conditions.

Scholarships for Queensland Residents

Advance Queensland and QUT will offer three full scholarships to Queensland residents to participate, with one reserved for a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island heritage.

Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge

For each program, we can only offer merit 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.

Note: You will be automatically considered for a limited number of MIT Bootcamps merit scholarships if you complete your application before the deadline. You DO NOT need to apply separately.

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

If you require a tourist visa to travel to Australia 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 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp!