We’re gearing up for another exhilarating summer at MIT Launch, and a question we often hear is, “Who teaches the lectures?”

First, we try to avoid the term “lectures,” since our classroom sessions provide so much more than the traditional one-directional lecture.  Our sessions range from interactive case discussions, to activities and simulations, to entrepreneur panels and speakers.  The first week is a bit heavier with time in the classroom to lay some foundational groundwork, plus form teams and ideas.  Past the first week, classroom sessions are only held in the mornings.  Afternoons are a more open format for teams to work on their businesses – interviewing customers, prototyping, meeting with their mentors or having a mock board of directors meeting, doing competitive analysis, and more!

Our innovative teaching format requires great instructors to match.  Several of the courses are taught by MIT Launch staff, with guest lecturers of MIT and HBS professors, new and established entrepreneurs, and industry experts.  Here’s a tiny preview of what is to come this summer:

Head instructor: Laurie Stach – Founder and Executive Director of MIT Launch


Guest instructors include:

Bill Aulet – Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship


Lynda Applegate – HBS Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the HBS Executive Education Portfolio for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs


Paul Stoltz – Founder and CEO of PeakLearning, leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience


Plus, see this post from one of our entrepreneur panels: https://launchsummer.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/in-focus-mit-global-founders-skills-accelerator-gfsa/