MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Track is for students within the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA program who have a strong commitment to entrepreneurship. The E&I Track focuses on launching and developing innovative and emerging technology companies and emphasizes the integration of academic lessons, team practice, and real-world application in entrepreneurship. As a student in the E&I Track, you will:

  • meet and work with a cohort of like-minded peers early in the MBA program;
  • gain exposure to key MIT faculty, staff, and other entrepreneurship resources; and
  • tap into a global entrepreneurship network.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and requires a written statement of application during the summer prior to your entry to MIT Sloan. Admission is tentative until you have paid electronically a $350 deposit for the required E&I Spring Silicon Valley Study Tour (SVST), and completed a brief online E&I survey of your background and interests.

A Wait List is maintained for those who exceed the maximum number permitted by classroom constraints. Many students are admitted to the E&I Track from the Wait List prior to the cutoff deadline in mid-September.

Initial Entry Course

E&I begins with the required first semester course 15.360 Introduction to Technological Innovation. 15.360 provides an overview of key issues and knowledge needed for creating and building successful startups, whether technology-based or not. Objectives include learning basic lessons about being an entrepreneur – mostly from practitioners – such as:

  • how to generate ideas;
  • steps for actually starting up companies;
  • initial funding options; and
  • overcoming legal and other issues.

Track members are introduced to organizational elements and key players of the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem, learning how to get helpful technology, talent, and advice from MIT resources, both while at the Institute and after. Finally, the course serves as a starter for each student in creating a personal network to entrepreneurs, angels and VCs, mentors, and, most of all, to each other.

Silicon Valley Study Tour

Held during the Spring semester, the Silicon Valley Study Tour (SVST) finds E&I Track students visiting leaders in the Northern California venture capital community as well as founders and CEOs of startups and successful enterprises in the life sciences, medical technology, software, information technology, advanced materials, and new energy fields. SVST is an opportunity for participants to expand their networks and knowledge through organized visits to the companies, founders, and investors that are of the most interest to them.

To participate in SVST, E&I students must do each of the following:

  • Be enrolled in both 15.390 New Enterprises and 15.911 Entrepreneurial Strategy during the Spring semester of his or her first year.
  • Stay at the MIT-designated hotel, and pay the costs of the hotel accommodations, after subtracting the $300 deposit submitted during the summer. (Under the usual arrangements of sharing a room with one other E&I student, hotel costs are estimated to be $150.)
  • Book their own travel arrangements to and from Northern California.

The four-day trip takes place during the week of the Spring Sloan Innovation Period (SIP) in March of the student’s first year. Those who wish to participate in other study tours, international treks, and classes during SIP week should be aware of this conflict before signing up for the E&I Track.

Every year we encourage and work closely with a volunteer sub-group of E&Is who take the lead in helping to organize the trip and who contact and schedule startup company visits. More information is provided during the introductory Fall seminar.

For more information about the MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track, please call the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at 617-253-8653 or email eitrack@mit.edu.

E&I Track Certificate Requirements

A Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation will be awarded to those students who fulfill both their MBA degree requirements and the E&I Track requirements.

The E&I Track is flexible in approving appropriate substitutes or waivers of specific Certificate requirements. To request a substitution or waiver, email in advance the Faculty Chair of the E&I Track, Professor Edward Roberts, at eroberts@mit.edu with supportive details.

Not all courses may be offered during the semesters indicated, and some of the courses shown below may have prerequisites. Please consult the MIT course catalog and the Fall and Spring course listings published by the Martin Trust Center. Course instructors can answer questions about prerequisites.

General E&I Requirement

Complete all of the following courses during the semester indicated.

  • 15.360 – Introduction to Technological Entrepreneurship (fall of 1st year; 3 units)
  • 15.390 – New Enterprises (spring of 1st year; 9 units)
  • 15.911 – Entrepreneurial Strategy (spring of 1st year; 9 units; half semester)
  • ES.580 – E&I Study Tour (spring of 1st year; 2 SIP credits; occurs during SIP week in March)

NOTE: You must be registered in 15.390 and 15.911, and take the E&I Study Tour for SIP credit, in order to travel with the E&I Study Tour.

Firm-Level Requirement

E&I Track students must complete at least one of the following courses during their two years at MIT Sloan:

  • 15.389 – Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) (fall through IAP, 12 units)
  • 15.399 – Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab) (fall/spring, 12 units)

Product-Level Requirement

E&I Track students must complete at least one of the following courses during their two years at MIT Sloan:

  • 15.366 – Energy Ventures (fall; 12 units)
  • 15.367J – Healthcare Ventures (fall; 12 units)
  • 15.371J – Innovation Teams (fall/spring; 12 units, special application required)
  • 15.375J – Development Ventures (fall; 12 units)
  • 15.376J – Media Ventures (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.378 – Building an Entrepreneurial Venture (fall/spring; 12 units, special application required)
  • 15.783J – Product Design & Development (spring; 12 units)

NOTE: Other subjects may fulfill this requirement if you receive permission in advance from the E&I Track faculty chair.

Startup Requirement

There are two ways to meet this requirement, for which no waivers will be granted.

E&I students can actively engage as a member of at least one student team that enters the MIT $100K Launch Business Plan Competition, which takes place during the Spring semester. The $100K Pitch Contest and Accelerate Contest are insufficient to fulfill this requirement, but are recommended as providing good preparation and helping students to meet potential teammates from across campus and from other universities. Those students who plan to take G-Lab are strongly encouraged to fulfill the $100K requirement in the spring semester of their first year.

Active engagement in a student team that enters the MIT Clean Energy Prize also fulfills the startup requirement.

*The Co-Leads of both the $100K and the Clean Energy Prize are exempted from this Startup requirement due to conflict of interest issues.

Entrepreneurship Electives Requirement

Students must complete 18 additional units of “approved” entrepreneurial subjects.

Any course a student uses for E&I General, Firm-Level, or Product-Level requirements cannot be counted toward his or her Entrepreneurial Electives requirement. However, any course in the Firm-Level and Product-Level categories that were not used to fulfill those requirements can count toward the E&I Electives requirement. The following additional subjects are “approved” for the elective credits required by E&I:

  • 10.407 – Funding Strategies for Startups (spring; 6 units; half semester)
  • 15.071 – The Analytics Edge (spring; 12 units)
  • 15.356 – How to Develop Breakthrough Products & Services (spring; 6 units; half semester)
  • 15.358 – Software and Internet Entrepreneurship (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.363J – Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.364 – Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (fall; 6 units)
  • 15.369 – Seminar in Corporate Entrepreneurship (fall; 6 units; half semester)
  • 15.385 – Social Entrepreneurship (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.386 – Managing in Adversity (fall/spring; 6 units; half semester)
  • 15.387 – Entrepreneurial Sales  (fall/spring; 12 units)
  • 15.394 – Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.395 – Entrepreneurship Without Borders (fall; 6 units, half semester)
  • 15.431 – Entrepreneurial Finance (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.615 – Basic Business Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager (fall/spring; 9 units)
  • 15.618 – Law and Cutting-Edge Technologies (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.828 – Product Management (spring; 9 units)
  • 15.912 – Strategic Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (spring; 6 units; half semester)