"I can’t tell you how many company presentations or questions and answer sessions or networking events I’ve attended where I walk away with my mind blown."
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track
For those with a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Track brings like-minded students together very early in the MBA program to meet, integrate and learn about startup business concepts and to experience the unique entrepreneurial ecosystem at MIT.
Jump-Start in Entrepreneurship
Concepts that typically take the entire program to cover are condensed into the first and second semesters, maximizing students' ability to get started right away. The payoff for the extra work and the intense Track requirements is that you will get a jump-start on building an entrepreneurial career.
The E&I Track focuses on launching and developing emerging technology companies. It leads to a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in addition to the MBA degree.
Theory, Team Building, Practice
The curriculum emphasizes team practice linked to real-world entrepreneurial projects, balances theoretical and practitioner education, and provides thorough exposure to the many building blocks of an entrepreneurial career. In addition, the Track leaves sufficient freedom to select other courses.
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“I learn from what I do on the outside, I bring it back into my classrooms, and I bring it back into interpreting my research. It informs my research, and my research informs my practice.”