Rod Garcia has alerted us to an exciting new program starting this fall: The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at MIT Sloan. Participants in this program will earn both an MBA from Sloan and a certificate certifying that "the recipient has completed an intensive program of studies and activities, focused upon launching and developing emerging technology companies, with increased subject requirements beyond the standards for the MBA degree to cover the breadth of managerial skills and knowledge needed for starting and building a new enterprise."
The program encompasses MIT’s core curriculum, networking with entrepreneurially oriented students and faculty, a trip to Silicon Valley, participation in MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, and elective courses throughout the two-year MBA program with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovative technology.
If you are a lucky member of MIT’s class of ’08 and interested in participating in E&I, you should submit a one-page cover letter indicating why you wish to be in the program and a current one-page resume. Criteria for acceptance to the program: an interest and/or background in entrepreneurship. According to Rod, MIT is really interested in people committed to pursuing the E&I Program for the full four semesters." This is not a program for those testing the waters in entrepreneurship or who just think it sounds cool. If you are serious about entrepreneurship and innovation, then this program is for you.
And if you are a 2007 applicant to MIT interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, thoroughly research this program by reviewing the information on the web, talking to next year’s participants if possible, and asking about it at MBA fairs and MIT receptions. If it is indeed attractive to you, you would be wise to reference this program as one of the reasons MIT appeals to you and explain why it is appealing.