The 2019 edition of the International Workshop on Innovating (IWI) at MIT is a hands-on program designed to expose participants to the critical elements that lead to venture creation and the realization of the commercial potential of technologies. This workshop is primarily intended for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, as well as researchers that seek to explore the application and business prospect of their ideas and research. 

IWI includes seminars by MIT and other faculty, innovators, and visionaries, who have successfully brought ideas to market. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with experts from the MIT ecosystem and with successful entrepreneurs, who will share their insights on critical skills for translational and entrepreneurial success. The workshop will include interactive seminars and activities designed to help participants apply their learning to their own ideas, technologies, and ventures. As a participant, you will learn essential skills and how to combine them for venture creation, including:

  • The entrepreneurial mindset
  • Tools and frameworks to evaluate the commercial potential of your idea/research 
  • Selecting your initial target market
  • De-risking product/market fit
  • Finding Partners and Co-Founders—Building Great Teams
  • Defining the Next Steps for Your Venture

The 2019 workshop will take place at MIT, June 10-14. Further details about the program, speakers, and other event details will be provided closer to the start of the workshop.



Christina Chase
Lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering
Managing Director, MIT Sports Lab
Douglas Hart
Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, MIT Portugal
Dava Newman
Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT Portugal 
João Bigotte  
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Invited Assistant Professor, Technological Change & Innovation
MIT Portugal
Leah Lovgren
Program Manager, MIT Portugal
Christian Prothmann
Director of Research, MIT Portugal
Federico Cismondi
Director, Industry Program, MIT Portugal