15.3641 Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL)

Aimed at students seeking an action-oriented understanding of innovation ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Greater Boston, Singapore, Lagos, and other sites across the globe. Provides a framework for analyzing these critical innovation economies. Outlines the design and delivery of policies and programs (e.g., hackathons, accelerators, prizes, tax policy, immigration policy) intended to accelerate innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Takes a stakeholder perspective to examine the role of large corporations, governments, universities, entrepreneurs, and risk capital providers in innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Focuses especially on ecosystem-based opportunities for corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Meets with 15.364 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.
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