MIT-Harvard Medical School
Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp & Trek*

Cambridge, MA | June 15 - 21, 2019


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:

Final Application Deadline

April 15*


*Submit Round 1 by April 15, 12 midnight ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

June 15 - 21


The Trek is tentatively scheduled Jun 12-14, 2019


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...

Trek Program (Optional Add-on)

Healthcare Innovation Trek

Tentative dates Jun 12-14, 2019

The Healthcare Innovation Trek is add-on program to the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp.

Trekkers will explore Boston's healthcare innovation ecosystem. The Trek will include company visits local to startups, hospitals, and feature experts in healthcare.

*Please note, accommodations are not included in the Healthcare Innovation Trek.

What to Expect at Bootcamp

Here's what past Bootcampers have said about their experience...

Who is the Bootcamp for?




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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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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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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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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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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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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Elaine Chen

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management Entrepreneur-in- Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring Elaine is a startup veteran and product strategy and innovation consultant who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market. As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, Elaine works with innovative teams to help…

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Vanessa Gurie

Vanessa Gurie spent 10 years leading Performance Medicine teams and the Global Performance Medicine Touring division at Cirque du Soleil across 48 countries. She also managed continuous operations on 5 continents with 21+ full time staff and provided medical services to 1200+ athletes from over 40 countries. She was instrumental in the implementation of the…

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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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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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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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MIT-HMS Bootcamp Team

Caroline Barnaby

Caroline Barnaby

Marketing Coordinator, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Jennifer Bourgoin

Jennifer Bourgoin

Program Coordinator, InciteHealth, 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
Megan Lenneman

Megan Lenneman

Education 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
Erin Farren

Erin Farren

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

Thomas Bazerghi

Program Coordinator, MIT Bootcamps

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


Early bird pricing ends on March 1st, 2019

Standard Fee


Standard fee applies after Mar 1st, 2019

*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.

Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge

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. We are unable to provide financial assistance or scholarships for this program at this time.

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!