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MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp - Fall 2020


Oct. 5, 2020 - Dec. 15, 2020

An online program in entrepreneurial creativity, leadership, and problem solving. MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamps bring the rigorous, collaborative, action-learning experience of our in-person Bootcamps online. Over 10 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a global team of innovators selected by MIT Bootcamps to build the foundations of a new venture.

Active Learning

Active Learning

Learn with and from alongside other global innovators selected by MIT Bootcamps

From a combination of live sessions with MIT instructors and guest speakers, interactive workshops with the MIT Bootcamps teaching team, coaching sessions and MIT Bootcamps coach, regular meetings with your global team, plus your individual work, we expect active engagement from all participants. This isn’t a typical online course.. Build a venture with a global team in just 10 weeks.

Remote Global Collaboration

Remote Global Collaboration

Learn to collaborate effectively online, across cultures and timezones

As the world has learned in 2020, effective remote collaboration is a challenging but necessary skill now and for the future as workplace configurations adapt. In this Bootcamp, you’ll gain experience collaborating and leading a global team remotely, learning from them as your build the foundations of a new venture together.

Becoming and Belonging

Becoming and Belonging

Join our global community

Over the last six years, MIT Bootcamps has selected and built a community of 1300+ changemakers from 100+ countries. In addition to your classmates, expand your professional network beyond your own Bootcamp cohort and receive continued access to content curated and developed by MIT Bootcamps. When we can convene again in-person, we hope to meet you at an alumni conference or Trek.

Master collaboration for virtual team-based innovation.

What to expect at the Bootcamp

The MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp will be different than most online courses you can take. A combination of live teaching sessions and workshops (which are recorded for your flexibility), office hours, building the foundations of a venture with your global team, and receiving regular team-based coaching, the Bootcamp is a hands-on, immersive, and rigorous learning experience.

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  • > Creativity

    Innovators often get “stuck.” Learn to identify viable opportunity spaces and ideation techniques to help you generate new ones.

  • Your end users are the most important people for your venture. Learn to identify their unmet needs - the opportunity to create value for them and your venture.

  • The problem and end users will be at the center of your venture. Learn how to frame and specify the problem opportunity so that you develop a solution that creates actual value.

  • It takes four modules to even begin discussing the solution! This is because superior solutions are built on the foundation of a well-specified opportunity and knowing your end user well. Learn to develop a solution that works AND your end user will use.

  • Venture creation doesn’t end with creating a superior solution. Learn how the business model and other decisions you make can create value for your customer and your startup.

  • Learn to craft a story that engages a range of stakeholders and clearly communicates the value your venture will deliver.

  • Pitch your venture and receive feedback from MIT Bootcamps judges.

Meet Your Instructors


Your MIT instructors bring a lifetime of experience in entrepreneurship and innovation to you. As professors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators, they are here to provide guidance on your entrepreneurship journey.

Eric von Hippel
Eric von Hippel Professor of Management of Innovation and Engineering Systems Instructor
Sanjay Sarma
Sanjay Sarma Vice President of MIT Open Learning, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Instructor
Erdin Beshimov
Erdin Beshimov Founder, MIT Bootcamps Instructor
Vimala Palaniswamy
Vimala Palaniswamy Director, MIT Bootcamps Instructor
Bill Aulet
Bill Aulet Professor of the Practice, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Instructor
Maria Yang
Maria Yang Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT D-Lab Faculty Academic Director Instructor
Luis Perez-Breva
Luis Perez-Breva Director and Lead faculty of MIT Innovation Teams Program Instructor

Bootcamp Community

The Innovation Leadership Bootcamp isn't just for entrepreneurs. Whatever your background, if you're passionate about creating impact in the world around you - we are the community for you.

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. Learn more about our Bootcamps community.

In a handful of short weeks, MIT not only enables you to create a tangible and 100% applicable business plan, but they inspire you and give you the confidence to put it into action. -Ali Le Pierrès
Ali Le Pierrès
Innovation Leadership Bootcamp, 2018
Ali Le Pierrès Founder, Jimmies Training Centre

Ali, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, came to the bootcamp with a background in kinesiology and human performance improvement. Passionate about both domains, she was determined to combine her expertise into something that could help the enormous, aging population. In the MIT bootcamp, Ali developed her business plan and gained the confidence to launch Jimmies Training Centre, the first training centre aimed at providing quality of life and autonomy for the 50-70 year-young.