MIT's motto, mens et manus (mind and hand), is an integral part of MIT's entrepreneurial culture and its many entrepreneurship courses. Courses combine theory and practice to give students ample opportunity to use the skills they have learned within the curriculum. Our "dual-track" faculty model brings professors and adjunct practitioners together in the classroom so that students benefit from a broad range of perspectives and experiences.
Entrepreneurship courses are offered throughout the Institute. The MIT Sloan TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management) faculty group or the Martin Trust Center offers many courses, while others are offered by other MIT departments or MIT Sloan faculty groups. Some courses are a collaborative effort between several departments, centers and groups.
The Martin Trust Center has organized these courses into a curriculum with four main categories:
- Foundation Subjects (Practice + Theory)
- Entrepreneurial Skill Sets
- Industry Focus
- Other Entrepreneurship Electives
The curriculum represents a suggested route, but does not constitute a formal concentration. Prospective MIT Sloan MBA students who are interested in a formal entrepreneurship concentration can apply for the MBA E&I Track.
With a few exceptions, all MIT entrepreneurship courses are open to all MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, from all disciplines.
Foundation Subjects (Practice + Theory)
10.807/15.371 Innovation Teams, offered each semester, gives student teams the opportunity to evaluate the commercial feasibility of research by MIT faculty. The course is supported by the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
15.390 New Enterprises, offered each semester, is the gold standard foundation course for entrepreneurship at MIT. Students learn how to develop a strong foundation for a business, developing business ideas over the course of a semester.
Strategy courses include 15.911 Entrepreneurial Strategy and 15.912 Strategic Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurial Skill Sets
Skill Sets courses give MIT students deep knowledge of specific aspects of entrepreneurship. Skill sets include:
- Product Design & Development
- Social Entrepreneurship
Industry Focus courses delve into the specific challenges and solutions of entrepreneurship in a particular industry. Industries covered include:
- Biotech and Healthcare
- Materials Technology
Other Entrepreneurship Electives
A wide range of entrepreneurship courses are available for MIT students. Review the course offerings we publish each semester for more information.
Independent Activities Period
The Martin Trust Center offers several for-credit courses during IAP in January. Other MIT departments, labs, centers and student clubs offer a range of entrepreneurship-related for-credit courses and non-credit activities.
One of the most popular recurring IAP offerings is The Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures/Business Plans, taught each January since 1990. The course is particularly valuable for students who are considering entering the $100K Launch Business Plan Contest in the spring.
Each year's IAP listings are typically released during the November timeframe.