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MIT Closed - Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2017

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MIT Closed - Day after Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2017

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MIT Closed - Christmas Day

December 25, 2017

Entrepreneurship Development Program

January 28 - February 2, 2018

This program leverages MIT's culture of high-tech entrepreneurship to help entrepreneurs, corporate venturing executives, high tech startup companies, and others involved in entrepreneurial environments learn what they need to develop ideas into successful businesses, and how to increase entrepreneurial opportunities in their corporations, institutions, and regions. 

Through lectures by senior MIT faculty, visits to high tech startup companies, and live case studies with successful entrepreneurs, participants will be exposed to the content, context, and contacts that enable entrepreneurs to design and launch successful new ventures based on innovative technologies. Specially designed team projects give participants hands-on training and practical experience developing a business plan, while networking events bring participants together with members of MIT?s entrepreneurial community.

The concepts, tools, and frameworks covered in the program will enable participants to:


  • Create, identify, and evaluate new venture opportunities
  • Interpret customer needs and quantify the value proposition
  • Start and build a successful technology-based company
  • Understand how the process of starting new ventures may vary geographically and culturally
  • Leverage new science and technologies from corporate or university laboratories
  • Develop winning business plans
  • Scale startups to be globally successful
  • Navigate the venture capital investment process
  • Obtain feedback on personal entrepreneurship skills
  • Enhance and expand their networks

Past program participant, Joe Tree shares the top five things he learned about business at EDP in his blog. "It's not often your outlook on life changes perceptibly in five short days, but if you ever find yourself enrolled in MIT's Entrepreneurship Development Program, that's exactly what you should expect."

This program is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate venture officers, startups, and those who would like to develop or strengthen a climate of entrepreneurship in their corporations, universities, and regions. Teams of entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs are encouraged to attend the program together with university staff and/or development professionals from their region.


Titles of past participants have included:


  • CEO
  • Managing Director
  • Vice President
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Director of Knowledge and Technology
  • R&D Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Investment Manager
  • Venture Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Head of Innovations and Enterprise
  • Professor
EDP-ParticipantIndustry

As of 2014, living MIT alumni have launched 30,200 active companies which employ roughly 4.6 million people and generate nearly $2 trillion in annual revenues. If they formed a nation, these companies would constitute the world?s 10th largest economy, ranking between Russia and India. Learn more by reading the 2015 report, "Entrepreneurship and Innovation at MIT: Continuing Global Growth and Impact."


The Entrepreneurship Development Program is led by the team at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, including Bill Aulet, Executive Director; Ed Roberts, Founder and Chair; and Fiona Murray, Faculty Director. The mission of the Trust Center  is to educate and nurture the leaders who will make new ventures successful. More than 1,600 students attend over 30 entrepreneurship courses at MIT each year. In addition, over 1,400 participants from 65 countries have attended executive education programs organized by the Trust Center. Alumni of the programs form a vibrant and dynamic worldwide support network for the next generation of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Cambridge, MA

Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People

March 22-23, 2018

Game-changing organizations rewrite traditional playbooks. They stand out. They often create disproportionate value relative to their size and resources. They have big dreams but know how to get things done. These organizations have a palpable "buzz" to them. They have a breakaway business model, but they also have a breakaway spirit and organizational culture.

Leaders of these game-changing organizations understand the power and importance of telling their companies' compelling stories. They are hard-edged business leaders but they also embrace what others might consider to be the "soft side" of leading: purpose, vision and climate. They know how to integrate the hard and soft sides of leadership into a powerful formula that makes them game-changers. These leaders, and their organizations are: purpose-driven; performance-oriented; and principles-led. The weaving together of these three capabilities simultaneously is what helps them get and stay out in front.

Participants in this new program will learn what it takes to build game-changing organizations that make their teams and areas of responsibility world-class talent factories. They will also discuss the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture, and learn from the successes and challenges of various companies that have been on similar journeys of transformation.

Participants in this program will:


  • Understand what it takes to build game-changing organizations
  • Be provided with the resources and tools to articulate their company's powerful story--what we call their "collective ambition"
  • Examine how to integrate the "soft" side of leading (purpose, vision, culture) with the hard side (strategy, operational priorities, brand) into a powerful formula
  • Understand the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture
  • Understand what it takes to make their companies world-class talent factories

Cambridge, MA

Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People

March 27-28, 2018

This highly experiential course explores neuroscience concepts and techniques to help leaders motivate and inspire their peers and employees in ways that catalyze innovation and increase business success. 

The course will take a deep dive into neuroscience concepts and techniques to help you—brain and body—through a method of unleashing potential in yourself and others.


Through a balance of theory and application, neuroscientist and MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Dr. Tara Swart will examine the latest neuroscience research and how it can inform your personal and professional practices. Program topic areas include:


  • How to boost, refuel, and re-direct your cognitive resources
  • Embodied leadership and somatic practices (MIT’s “thin slices” research)
  • Creative and intuitive ideas for revolutionizing collaboration
  • Neural pathways that underlie procrastination, risk profile, and resilience (Swart’s Neural Tethering Model© based on research from MIT’s financial engineering department)
  • The impact of gender and cultural diversity on confidence and creativity in organizations and teams
  • Working with technology to empower human potential

Hands-on exercises will include enacting successful scenarios through creative, visual activities, guided meditation focused on peak performance, and optional yoga.


Cambridge, MA

Analytics Management: Business Lessons from the Sports Data Revolution

April 12-13, 2018

Analytics are the present and future of sports, on and off the field. While the sports industry is an analytics pioneer, data driven decision-making has become essential to business success in nearly every industry. Starting an analytics program, however, is easier said than done. Taught by renowned sports strategist Ben Shields, this program provides executives insight into the sports industry’s “secret sauce” and helps them apply it immediately to the development of their own analytics program.


The first day of the program focuses on designing an analytics strategy. Faculty will introduce a strategic framework for developing an analytics program. Executives will learn how sports organizations have applied this framework on both the team personnel and business sides. Day one will conclude with an action-learning exercise to guide students in developing a working draft of their analytics strategy.


On the second day, the curriculum will focus on implementation. The success of an analytics program is not only driven by sound strategy but also the ability of an organization (and its executives) to execute through effective leadership and management. Critical topics on day two include making the right technology decisions, building and organizing an analytics team, and communicating data for impact. The day will close with a capstone session on leading an analytics transformation during which participants will share their new analytics vision for their organization.


Note: This is not an advanced data science course. This program is designed for executives who are looking for strategic insights and action plans on the management of analytics.

Cambridge, MA

Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization

April 12-13, 2018

This program is designed to help spark the breakthrough ideas business leaders need to create successful competitive products for the future. Drawing on the latest MIT Sloan research, the program will offer a set of strategies for growing companies in the face of changing markets, technologies, and consumer demand. Specifically, participants will be presented with:

  • Tactics for dealing with the internal politics and resistance to change that can threaten innovation initiatives and early-stage developments
  • Techniques for building innovation streams
  • Processes for collecting competitive intelligence, forecasting technology change, and gathering information on user needs
  • Methods for identifying better innovations more quickly, including the lead-user method for discovering breakthrough products, services, and strategies; and innovation toolkits that enable managers to design their own mass-customized products and services

Takeaways
Participants will learn about the steps required to drive strategic innovation in the organization, including how to:
  • Get the right mix of people and skills to generate innovative ideas efficiently
  • Develop the processes required to support these people
  • Build cultures that encourage innovative behaviors
  • Decide which ideas are right for investment, and which new business opportunities are worth pursuing

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