i-Teams: Offered Each Semester
Build commercialization strategies for cutting-edge MIT technologies during i-Teams by combining business analysis with technical insights. Deepen your understanding of science commercialization and develop skills that will enable you to effectively approach the commercialization of new inventions throughout your career.
i-Teams (short for "Innovation Teams") is a unique MIT course that assembles cross-disciplinary teams of students from across MIT. The goal of i-Teams is to teach students the process of science and technology commercialization focusing on how to judge a technology's commercial potential. Each team has access to faculty, practitioners, business mentors, and fellow students throughout their project.
Lectures focus on building tools and insights for thorough and analytical commercial due diligence of promising early-stage inventions. Some lecture topics include:
- Assessment of user needs and market opportunities
- Analyzing market and technical risks and building roadmaps to address them
- Identifying the commercial risks (including intellectual property) that shape competitive advantage
- Understanding the politics and processes of commercialization
iTeams will be held on Wednesdays 4:30-7:00pm and Fridays 9-11:30am.
You will be guided by the faculty: Dr. Luis Perez-Breva from the School of Engineering, Dr. Noubar Afeyan from Flagship Ventures and MIT Sloan, and Prof. Fiona Murray from MIT Sloan and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. The course is supported by the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation and by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
Key Dates for Fall 2015 Semester
Midterm and final exam include extended presentation to faculty and/or PI and shortened presentation to class.