Entrepreneurship Courses

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology has always been associated with major scientific and technological breakthroughs. But the breakthroughs alone do not explain the impact that MIT has had on the world. For that we have to look at entrepreneurship, which starts with the "Mens et Manus" (Mind and Hand) slogan on the Great Seal of MIT. For faculty, students, and alumni, MIT is all about making discoveries and inventions and then applying these discoveries and inventions to solve real problems. In a very tangible way, MIT faculty and graduates invent the future, and entrepreneurship—the building of new businesses—is often the road to that future.

    Title screen from the video, 'The Ecosystem: Nurturing Entrepreneurship at MIT'.
    Watch this video introduction to entrepreneurship at MIT.

    A 2009 Kauffman Foundation study entitled "Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT" reports that the then-active companies founded by MIT graduates employed about 3.3 million people and generated annual world revenues of $2 trillion, producing the equivalent of the eleventh-largest economy in the world. This rich legacy of high-impact companies spans a wide range of industries; recent examples include A123 Systems, Akamai, iRobot, InVivo Therapeutics and Dropbox.

    The following courses represent a selection of the entrepreneurship-related courses offered at MIT. The courses are organized in two ways:

    • Core and Supplemental: Core courses, the starting points for entrepreneurs and Supplemental courses, important once the basics have been mastered, are listed below.
    • Courses Arranged by Topic:
      • Finance
      • Law
      • Leadership
      • Marketing and Planning
      • Operations
      • Strategy

    A list of MIT-hosted videos relating to entrepreneurship is also available.



Course # Course Title Level
6.901 Inventions and Patents Undergraduate
15.615 Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager Undergraduate
15.316 Building and Leading Effective Teams Graduate
15.317 Organizational Leadership and Change Graduate
15.351 Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Graduate
15.351 Managing the Innovation Process Graduate
15.352 Managing Innovation: Emerging Trends Graduate
15.356 How to Develop "Breakthrough" Products and Services Graduate
15.358 The Software Business Graduate
15.369 Corporate Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Technology-Based New Business Development Graduate
15.389A Global Entrepreneurship Lab: Asia-Pacific Graduate
15.389B Global Entrepreneurship Lab: Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa Graduate
15.390 New Enterprises Graduate
15.391 Early Stage Capital Graduate
15.394 Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization Graduate
15.431 Entrepreneurial Finance Graduate
15.783J Product Design and Development Graduate
15.818 Pricing Graduate
15.821 Listening to the Customer Graduate
15.835 Entrepreneurial Marketing Graduate
15.912 Technology Strategy Graduate
15.975 Special Seminar in Management The Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans Graduate
MAS.666 Developmental Entrepreneurship Graduate

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Course # Course Title Level
11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation Undergraduate
14.27 Economics and E-commerce Undergraduate
15.020 Competition in Telecommunications Undergraduate
15.301 Managerial Psychology Undergraduate
EC.701J D-Lab I: Development Undergraduate
6.931 Development of Inventions and Creative Ideas Graduate
15.010 Economic Analysis for Business Decisions Graduate
15.024 Applied Economics for Managers Graduate
15.060 Data, Models, and Decisions Graduate
15.063 Communicating With Data Graduate
15.277 Special Seminar in Communications: Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Coaching Graduate
15.280 Communication for Managers Graduate
15.281 Advanced Managerial Communication Graduate
15.311 Organizational Processes Graduate
15.511 Financial Accounting Graduate
15.616 Innovative Businesses and Breakthrough Technologies - The Legal Issues Graduate
15.649 The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions Graduate
15.667 Negotiation and Conflict Management Graduate
15.760B Introduction to Operations Management Graduate
15.762J Supply Chain Planning Graduate
15.763J Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design Graduate
15.768 Management of Services: Concepts, Design, and Delivery Graduate
15.769 Operations Strategy Graduate
15.778 Management of Supply Networks for Products and Services Graduate
15.810 Marketing Management (Fall 2004) Graduate
15.812 Marketing Management (Fall 2002) Graduate
15.822 Strategic Marketing Measurement Graduate
15.834 Marketing Strategy Graduate
15.840 Special Seminar in Marketing: Marketing Management Graduate
15.963 Advanced Strategy Graduate
15.963 Management Accounting and Control Graduate
15.969 Dynamic Leadership: Using Improvisation in Business Graduate
15.974 Practical Leadership Graduate
15.974 Leadership Lab Graduate
15.975 U-Lab: Leading Profound Innovation for a More Sustainable World Graduate
15.978 Leadership Tools and Teams: A Product Development Lab Graduate
15.980J Organizing for Innovative Product Development Graduate
15.992 S-Lab: Laboratory for Sustainable Business Graduate
15.996 Cross-Cultural Leadership Graduate
17.462 Innovation in Military Organizations Graduate
ESD.172J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy Graduate
ESD.801 Leadership Development Graduate

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