January 2017 Cohort


MEMSI is a two-week long, fully immersive mini-accelerator for aspiring hardware system innovators from universities in Hong Kong and MIT that takes place twice annually in January and June.

Who Should Attend MEMSI

This program is designed for all students from freshman onward who want to build up their skills in entrepreneurship, hardware making, and product development for connected devices with an Internet of Things (IoT) flavor.

What Will Students Learn?

In two action-packed weeks, student teams will:

  • Work together to choose a customer problem to solve, understand the customer, come up with a solution, then build a prototype of this solution using advanced prototyping techniques.
  • Build skills that will help them launch successful businesses later in life, including the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework, Design Thinking, advanced maker skills, and more.
  • See how mass production happens in real life during factory tours in Shenzhen, China.
  • Present their business ideas and working prototypes to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors, industry thought leaders, alumni, and friends on Demo Day.


Applications are open and close on Friday, March 24th at 8pm Eastern.

The MEMSI session will run in Hong Kong from June 3 – 18, 2017. Visit for full details.


MEMSI is powered by the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Project Manus, the MIT MISTI China Program, and the MIT Innovation Initiative.