The MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii) collaborates with all five schools at MIT to strengthen the vibrant culture and programming of innovation and principled entrepreneurship. Our mission is to connect the varied pathways and networks in this domain to equip the MIT community and its partners to move powerful ideas from conception to impact. 

We combine opportunities for hands-on innovation and entrepreneurship education, building a dynamic innovation infrastructure across campus, and fostering a connected community of innovation science researchers focused on global relevance and impact. 

We are committed to strengthening MIT’s innovation and entrepreneurship landscape by:

  • Serving as a connector across the wide range of student groups, programs, and campus centers dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. 
  • Supporting MIT’s most successful innovation and entrepreneurship programs to reach more students and external partners.
  • Filling gaps in the landscape through the creation of new educational programs, research efforts, and physical infrastructure that will position MIT to thrive for years to come. 

MITii administers the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor. The minor is designed to prepare MIT undergraduates to serve as leaders in the innovation economy with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop, scale, and deliver breakthrough solutions to real-world problems.

We also lead several efforts to strengthen MIT’s ability to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about making, prototyping and manufacturing. These activities are delivered through Project Manus, the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, and new campus innovation hubs for co-working and collaboration.

Through the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy, the Innovation Initiative is systematically investigating the factors that shape innovation outcomes—including policies, incentives, institutions and infrastructure—at every level from individual and organizational to region, national and global.

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Final Report of Community Feedback and Recommendations
January 2016

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Developed through consultation with the MIT community, alumni, and partners, the final report documents the imperatives for the MIT Innovation Initiative today, as well as its aspirations.