Are you ready to take your venture to the next level?
A growth program for entrepreneurs, the Venture Advancement Program is a 5 day in-person program, where you will “drink from the firehose” of innovation at MIT.
During the program, you will immerse yourself in the MIT innovation ecosystem, build rich connections with like-minded peers and MIT-trained entrepreneurs, and develop a robust innovation toolkit.
You will refine your strategic business direction, hone your tactical entrepreneurial skills, and leave the program ready to take the next step - whether that’s validating your product-market fit or early-stage fundraising.
Develop your personal leadership skills, connect with co-founders, and find the right mentors and support system for you.
Analyze your tactics with experts and adapt your strategy based on feedback. Harness your skills to develop an investor-ready pitch to share your next steps.
Bridge your entrepreneurial knowledge gaps at MIT. Learn how to bring your proof of concept to market, understand what investors are looking for, and meet the brightest at MIT.
Soak up advice on how to advance your venture from MIT faculty, mentors, and coaches, all while building your innovation toolkit with like-minded peers from around the globe.
We expect individuals to be working towards validating product market fit for their business or business idea.
If you’re an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, this program is for you. With a range of expertise in our mentors and coaches, no matter where you are in your venture, the Venture Advancement Program can help you reach your business potential.
If you’re looking for 1:1 mentorship and coaching in-person, our program is a great fit for you.
If you do not have a venture yet, please check out our foundational innovation leadership bootcamp program.
Typical days at the Bootcamp run from 8am - 10pm. Mornings will include lecture sessions and workshops by MIT faculty. Mid-afternoons will include 1:1 mentoring sessions with Boston-based entrepreneurs and MIT-trained coaches. Evenings will be set aside to network with your peers and complete your daily deliverables.
A light breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Yes, there will be pre-work required for the program. Estimate about ~10 total hours of work prior to the program.
No. We are not an accelerator and do not take equity or fund your venture in any capacity.
Build rich connections with fellow entrepreneurs, enhance your network, and take advantage of being in-person at MIT.
An immersive five day in-person program on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus and the Boston startup ecosystem.
Cost does not include flights, accommodation, or meals outside of the scheduled time on MIT campus.
Price increases to $9600 USD after February 11, 2024.
We are a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. Our community spans over 100 countries and over 1800 individuals. Our Bootcampers come to the Bootcamp to make a difference in the world. They leave with a global community to inspire them, support them, and walk through the entrepreneurship journey with them. Learn more about the Venture Advancement and the graduate perspectives.
It has provided me with a tremendous amount of experience, exposure, and friendship. The content and learning principles were so clearly defined, expressed, and highlighted that I now clearly understand what is required to grow my venture.-Venture Advancement '23 Participant
Svetla applied to the Venture Advancement program after a career in finance and operations. With an idea in the HR and business intelligence space, she wanted to validate her product market fit outside of her home country of Bulgaria. She saw MIT as an opportunity to hone her technology and leadership skills from the best in the field. After the program, she is working with a mentor she met in Boston and is moving forward with her venture savva. Since attending the program, Svetla has identified partners to pursue her venture with and is advancing with a proof of concept.
"The Venture Advancement Program gave me everything I needed to get my venture off the ground - a proof of concept partner, confidence, and the right traction."
After years of running a start-up in the food industry in Mexico, Victor was looking for a new strategic direction for his business. A seasoned entrepreneur, he knew defining a new trajectory for the company would make or break his business. He applied to the Venture Advancement Program because of the hands-on nature of MIT - he wanted to apply what he learned at the program immediately to his venture. After the program, Victor has defined a new path for his venture and says the program helped him hone his mindset.
“I wish I had taken the program when I started my path as an entrepreneur. It led me to new and bold directions both for myself and my company. It was a life-changing experience.”
"It was fantastic, a very special experience that was well organized and with very applicable, useful and experienced guests. This was invaluable to everyone here as they are entering or looking for more in these fields, they have been able to get a window to this information and experience they may have never accessed, or struggled to access otherwise."
"We have been bathed into so much incredible and practical information. Thank you for rejuvenating me!"
"A great learning experience with very practical modules. I am taking away many tools that will help advance my business."
"I loved how much I learned from this program, and I will definitely recommend it to my friends/colleagues."
"It was much more than I expected, in terms of the faculty friendliness, diversity of classmates and the overall vibe of the event."
"It pushed me to make important decisions about where I wanted to go with my life. It taught me crucial lessons that can prevent me from preventable reasons for failure throughout my entrepreneurial journey."