As a student in the E&I Track, you will:
- meet and work with a cohort of like-minded peers
- gain exposure to key MIT faculty, staff, and other entrepreneurship resources
- 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 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.
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Download a pdf of the EI-Requirements-Class-of-2022.
(this page reflects updates as of August 2020)
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, such as:
- how to generate ideas
- steps for actually starting up companies
- alternatives to startups, such as joining a young firm
- initial funding options
- perspectives on leading and scaling a young enterprise
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
*Please note that the Silicon Valley Study Tour has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. An update will be provided once further information becomes available.*
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 15.390 New Enterprises AND 15.911 Entrepreneurial Strategy during the Spring semester of their first year.
- Stay at the MIT-designated hotel, and pay the costs of the hotel accommodations, after subtracting the $350 deposit submitted during the summer.
- Book their own travel arrangements to and from Northern California.
The four-day trip takes place during the week of the Spring Sloan Intensive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. MBA students may complete one track only; they may also complete one or more Sloan certificate programs, in addition to a track.
The E&I Track is flexible in approving a limited number of appropriate substitutes or waivers of specific certificate requirements. To request a substitution or waiver, please send an email in advance to Professor Edward Roberts at email@example.com with supportive details.
*Please note that, due to COVID-19, some courses may not be offered this academic year and/or may experience scheduling or unit changes.*
E&I Required Subjects
You must complete each of the following subjects:
- 15.360 – Introduction to Technological Entrepreneurship (fall of 1st year; 3 units)
- 15.390 – New Enterprises (spring of 1st year; 12 units)
- 15.911 – Entrepreneurial Strategy (spring of 1st year or fall of 2nd year; 9 units)
Under usual circumstances, you must complete one of the following subjects:
- 15.225 – Modern Business in China: China Lab (S, 12 units)
- 15.226 – Modern Business in India: India Lab (S, 12 units)
- 15.248 – Israel Lab: Startup Nation’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem (fall H2 through IAP, 9 units)
- 15.389 – Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) (fall H2 through IAP, 12 units)
- 15.399 – Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab) (fall/spring, 12 units)
You must complete at least one of the following courses during your two years at MIT Sloan:
- 15.128 / 9.455 / 20.454 / MAS.883 – Revolutionary Ventures: How to Invent and Deploy Transformative Technologies (fall; 9 units)
- 15.366 – Energy Ventures (fall; 12 units)
- 15.367 / HST.978 – Healthcare Ventures (fall; 12 units)
- 15.371 / 10.807 – Innovation Teams (fall/spring; 12 units, special application required)
- 15.375 / EC.731 / MAS.665 – Development Ventures (fall; 12 units)
- 15.376 / MAS.664 – Media Ventures (spring; 9 units)
- 15.378 – Building an Entrepreneurial Venture (fall/spring; 12 units, special application required)
- 15.783 / 2.739 / ESD.32 – Product Design & Development (spring; 12 units)
- MAS.533 – Imaging Ventures: Cameras, Displays, and Visual Computing (spring; 9 units)
NOTE: Other subjects may fulfill this requirement if you receive permission in advance from the E&I Track faculty chair.
The following additional subjects are “approved” for the elective credits required by E&I:
MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Co-Curricular Requirement
There are multiple ways to meet this requirement, for which no waivers will be granted.
E&I students must seriously engage in a startup. This includes assembling a team and working towards solving a problem or providing a new innovation as part of your proposed venture. This can be achieved by students successfully completing two or more of the following:
- ES.580 – E&I Silicon Valley Study Tour (spring of 1st year; 2 SIP credits; occurs virtually)*
*Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, MIT fuse, StartMIT, or DE Lab may be taken in the place of the SVST requirement. If you choose any of these three in the place of SVST, you will need to complete at least one other MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem co-curricular before graduation.
- 15.368 – Disciplined Entrepreneurship Lab (IAP, 6 units)
- 15.378 (G) “Building an Entrepreneurial Venture: Advanced Tools and Techniques” (fall/spring; 12 units)
- a competitive, semester-long course offered in both the fall and spring where at least two members of a team enroll and focus on their startup. (limited to 6 teams each semester)
- DesignX – an accelerator for ventures focused on design and the built environment (IAP through spring semester)
- MIT delta v – MIT’s highly competitive capstone, 12-week academic accelerator (June – early Sept.)
- MIT fuse – the Trust Center’s hands-on, immersive startup accelerator during IAP
- StartMIT– the Trust Center’s 2-1/2 week program over January’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) that aims to give any student who is curious about entrepreneurship an introduction to the skill set and spirit it requires, and exposure to the amazing resources available at MIT to continue the journey after the class.