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Bootcamp MOOC - User Innovation: A Pathway to Entrepreneurship


Complete this course to qualify for the next
MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp!

The MIT Bootcamps gives entrepreneurs a taste of drinking from the firehose that all MIT students experience. The bootcamp is a one-week, intensive, in-person training entrepreneurship education program.

Who is the bootcamp for?

  • An entrepreneur. I have an early-stage startup or aspire to start one. I want to get on a path to a paying customer and meet potential co-founders and collaborators from around the world.
  • A corporate entrepreneur. I work at a growth-stage startup or established enterprise. I want to help my company innovate. At the Bootcamp I will learn new tools and will meet potential partners and recruits from around the world.
  • A team. We want to work with MIT to develop a rigorous business plan, pressure-test our processes and become a better team.

Hear what one of our bootcampers has to say about
the bootcamp experience!

Required online courses
This is a highly selective program for highly motivated entrepreneurs. Those who make it to the bootcamp will be challenged to start a company in one week. Students will need to prove they can achieve excellence in the required online courses before they apply to the bootcamp.

Click here to apply to the next MIT Bootcamp!

We’ll let you in on a secret.

Innovation isn’t confined inside the walls of research labs swarming with PhDs. More often than not, innovation is about ordinary people solving problems that matter to them personally. This could be you.

First, think about what you need. Next, find out whether others want the same thing. If they do, you can start a venture – for profit or non-profit - to supply others with the novel product or service you first developed for yourself.

The examples of user innovation are infinite. A surfer created the GoPro to take “selfies” while surfing. A student came up with Dropbox after forgetting his flash drive. Two broke entrepreneurs rented out their living room to help pay rent, and Airbnb was born. They’ll share their paths to startup success.

Taught by Eric von Hippel, the founding scholar of user innovation, this course will help you think about what problems you should choose to solve and how to share your innovations with others.

You can innovate.

Action Learning Assessments

At MIT, we believe theory must be practiced so we will expect you to get out there into the real world to validate your hypotheses specifically by:

  • Identifying a problem that you face
  • Solving your problem
  • Determine the best way to share your solution

Meet our Instructors

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Eric von Hippel

Professor of Management of Innovation and Engineering Systems
MIT Sloan School of Management

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Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer and Host
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, a free online version of Professor Eric von Hippel's Book, Democratizing Innovation will be available in PDF format, though you can purchase a printed version if you’d like.

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