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MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp

Live Online

June 7, 2021 - Aug. 12, 2021

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.

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?

Active Learning

Active Learning

Learn alongside global innovators selected by MIT Bootcamps

From a combination of live sessions with MIT instructors and guest speakers, coaching sessions with an 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. It’s a dynamic, immersive learning experience where you build the foundations of a venture with a global team in just 10 weeks.

Virtual Global Collaboration

Virtual Global Collaboration

Learn to collaborate effectively online, across cultures and timezones

As the world has learned in 2020, effective virtual collaboration is a necessary skill now and for the future as workplace configurations adapt. In this Bootcamp, you’ll gain experience collaborating, leading, and innovating with a global team, virtually. Learn and practice “best practices” for effective virtual collaboration.

Becoming and Belonging

Becoming and Belonging

Join our global community

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

At the Bootcamp, you will find a practical, rigorous, and systematic framework for innovation. Come build something new with MIT Bootcamps, and join our international community of innovators passionate about creating extraordinary impact.

What to expect at the Bootcamp

The MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp is different from most online courses. A combination of live teaching sessions and workshops with MIT instructors (which are recorded in case you can't attend live), a team-based project to build a venture with a global team, and regular team-based coaching from an experienced MIT entrepreneur, the Bootcamp is a hands-on, immersive, and rigorous learning experience. In 10 weeks, you’ll learn to identify an innovation opportunity, develop and deliver a superior solution, and select a business model to deliver value for a range of stakeholders.

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  • > Practical creativity

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

  • Your end-users are at the core of your venture and you must understand them profoundly. Learn to identify their unmet needs - the opportunity to create value for them and your venture.

  • The problem defines the innovation opportunity and potential to create value. Learn how to frame and specify the problem opportunity so that you develop a solution that creates real value.

  • t takes four modules to even discuss 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 love.

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

  • Communicating the value you are creating is key to engaging co-founders, employees, partners, customers, and investors. 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.

Admissions

How to Apply

Admissions

Admissions to Bootcamps are highly selective. Our selection criteria have evolved over the last six years to reflect characteristics embodied by our most successful Bootcampers. In addition to these criteria, we found successful Bootcampers display and articulate the following qualities: compassion, pursuit of excellence, are curious and dynamic, enjoy learning, and strive to make an impact personally and professionally. Be prepared to talk about your accomplishments and how you have dealt with challenges when you apply.

Deadline for application is May 12, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. Admissions are rolling, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision.

Format

Live online

Learners will need frequent computer and internet access to participate in live sessions.

Bootcamp Dates

June 7 – August 12, 2021

10 week online program divided up into six key learning modules. Expected time commitment is 10-15 hours per week. See a syllabus and schedule here.

Tuition

$3,800 USD

Tuition includes access to all learning platforms and course materials. We are not able to offer scholarships at this time.

Meet your instructors

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.

Coaches

The 'secret sauce' of the Bootcamp, our coaches provide expertise, mentorship, and direction during the Bootcamp.

Eric von Hippel
Eric von Hippel Professor, MIT Sloan and MIT School of Engineering Instructor
Sanjay Sarma
Sanjay Sarma Vice President of MIT Open Learning, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Instructor
Erdin Beshimov
Erdin Beshimov Founder, MIT Bootcamps and Senior Director, MIT Open Learning Instructor
Vimala Palaniswamy
Vimala Palaniswamy Director, MIT Bootcamps Instructor
Bill Aulet
Bill Aulet Professor of the Practice, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Instructor
Ingrid Toppelberg
Ingrid Toppelberg Chief Product Officer, Cybint Solutions Coach
Vanessa Gurie
Vanessa Gurie Co-founder & CEO of i-Ophthalmology Coach
Hanna Adeyema
Hanna Adeyema COO & Founder of Tenacity Coach
Chris Pirie
Chris Pirie COO of ONC Bio Coach

Bootcamp Community

The Innovation Leadership Bootcamp isn't just for entrepreneurs. Whatever your background, if you're passionate about creating value 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. 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.