DesignX is an entrepreneurial accelerator for student ventures, with a vision to transform the built environment, media, and design. DesignX links together all of SA+P, including Architecture, Urban Studies & Planning, Media Lab, Center for Real Estate, and Art Culture & Technology. DesignX helps students to launch ideas into real-world products or systems, offering tools, capital, skills, and network while they are at MIT.
The heart of DesignX is an academic workshop in which participants receive financial support to develop their ventures, mentorship by experienced entrepreneurs, and a program of lectures, visits to innovative firms, and networking opportunities. The program is open to individuals and to teams (of any size, any department and any affiliation, provided that the team includes at least one current SA+P student). DesignX is organized to integrate with a student’s core academic program, and thesis (with advisor permission).