Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in deploying new ideas and technologies. StartMIT is a two-and-a-half-week January Independent Activities Period course aimed at exposing members of the MIT community to the elements of entrepreneurship. The program is hosted by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), in collaboration with the MIT Innovation Initiative.
Launched in 2014 as Start6 in EECS, or Course 6, the program now includes students from disciplines across the Institute. In 2016, students from all five of MIT’s schools had the opportunity to work closely with successful entrepreneurs and innovators, including Ethernet co-inventor and 3Com co-founder Bob Metcalfe, the 2015-2016 Visiting Innovation Fellow. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) equity division, models of funding, marketing, scalability and team building. Additionally, StartMIT highlights some of the campus resources already available to students, including the Sandbox Innovation Fund, Venture Mentoring Service, Technology Licensing Office, and the 100K Challenge.