Apply to the Venture Advancement Program! Unlock your potential with 5 days at MIT.
MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamps bring the rigorous, immersive, collaborative, action-learning experience of our in-person Bootcamps online. Over 10 weeks, you will learn and work with a global team of innovators carefully selected by MIT Bootcamps to build and deliver value through innovation. You will learn principles central to innovation directly from MIT instructors: problem discovery, ideation, user innovation, customer sense-making, and more. Your team will be coached by experienced MIT innovators. You’ll hear from entrepreneurs, investors, and others from MIT’s diverse innovation ecosystem. Start your application today!
By the end, you and your team will be able to answer questions like: Am I solving an important problem? Am I delivering a superior solution? Am I doing this in a financially sustainable way?
Are you ready to take your venture to the next level?
A growth program for emerging and scaling entrepreneurs, the Venture Advancement Program will be a 5 day in-person program, where you will “drink from the firehose” of innovation at MIT.
By taking part in our first on-campus program since 2019, you will immerse yourself in the MIT innovation ecosystem, build rich connections with like-minded entrepreneurs, and develop a robust toolkit on how to advance your venture.
We expect individuals to have a business, or business idea, with product market fit.
We believe in learning by doing. You'll be an active part of your educational experience at your Bootcamp.
Learn from and engage with faculty from MIT Sloan and the Engineering School, who show entrepreneurship CAN be taught.
These interactive workshops take you from theory deep into practice, showing you how to apply and use the innovation tools and frameworks you learn through MITx MOOCs and readings.
Entrepreneurship requires an ecosystem of support. Learn firsthand from the experiences of entrepreneurs and investors who have helped make the MIT innovation ecosystem one of the most robust in the world.
The solo entrepreneur is a rare myth. A team with diverse skills and experience is required to build a sustainable venture. Work with a global team of innovators selected by MIT Bootcamps to build the foundations of a venture together.Build the foundations of a new venture with your global team
MIT Bootcamps are rigorous and your coach is there to guide and support your team throughout. MIT Bootcamp coaches are experienced and successful entrepreneurs and corporate innovators who have experienced the challenges of bringing innovation from idea to market.
The Bootcamp schedule is packed with seminars, workshops, and team work, with a focus on your team’s venture. Office hours are a time to connect with the MIT Bootcamps team and other Bootcampers in areas not covered during other formal sessions.
Each week, you’ll build a new part of your venture with your team. The deliverables help guide your team through the analysis and decisions you need to make along the way.
The magic of MIT is a combination of intellectual rigor and surrounding yourself with other motivated and inspiring individuals. MIT Bootcamps brings this magic to you. Your instructors will ask you to think beyond the obvious and your coaches will expect and guide you to achievements that might not have seemed possible on Day 1. Throughout the Bootcamp and beyond, you will be sharing this immersive experience with the MIT Bootcamps team, your coach, your team, and your broader cohort. Once you complete the Bootcamp, you’ll join our community of 1300+ innovators and changemakers from 100+ countries. If you’re looking for a carefully selected community that will continue to inspire and motivate you, you can find it here.
While we expect a lot from you and your team, our team and your coach are there for you throughout the program, whether it’s in-person or virtual. Experienced entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, MIT Bootcamp coaches are selected for their experience, analytical skills, and ability to navigate challenges - both intellectual and interpersonal. They have succeeded (or failed, learned, and grown) when faced with many of the same challenges you will face as an innovator. Guiding you through the Bootcamp, their goal is for you and your team to have the most successful learning experience possible, learning from every success, misstep, or conflict along the way.
Our programs feature faculty, instructors, and researchers who are leading innovation research and practice across MIT - in business, engineering, and design - and creating ecosystems that foster innovation, at MIT and beyond. You will hear about their latest research, breakthroughs, and frameworks directly from them. The MIT Bootcamps team and coaches have been through the MIT curriculum, either as MBAs, graduate students, or previous Bootcamps, and create the same culture and performance expectations you’ll find in classes at MIT. Challenge yourself with us.
We are a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. Our community spans over 100 countries and over 1300 individuals. Our Bootcampers come to the Bootcamp to make a difference in the world through social impact. They leave with the support of a global community to inspire them, support them, and walk through the entrepreneurship journey with them.
If you come into it with a sense of purpose or desire for impact and you know perhaps where you want to channel it the bootcamp will really help you unleash that.-Arthur Nelson