Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment

Course starts 27 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
27 January 2021
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,500
Payment Options
MIT School of Architecture and Planning


Our built environment — the human-made spaces in which we live and work — has evolved over centuries. But this evolution has left gaps in its wake, leading to challenges in modern cities. In the Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment online short course, you’ll learn to identify, analyze, and ultimately fill these gaps with a design-based solution.

Centering on the value iteration method, this program allows you to create your own solution to an urban problem, and explore the process of launching a new venture through this lens. You’ll also receive insights from experts within MITdesignX, an on-campus venture accelerator housed in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (MIT SA+P), and develop an action plan that you can use to translate your business solution to the real world.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this program, you’ll walk away with:

  • An essential toolkit of skills needed to launch a design-based solution related to challenges in the built environment

  • Personalized insights on your proposed venture from the subject matter experts at MITdesignX

  • A one-year action plan that you can use to launch your venture in the real world

Is this course for you?

This program focuses on entrepreneurship in urban and the built environment. As such, it will prove beneficial to existing entrepreneurs who work in the built environment already, and are looking for new skills or opportunities that can be applied to their current or new businesses. It will equally provide key knowledge to those who work in the built environment, but are not yet entrepreneurs. These professionals will learn the process of launching a venture in an environment they’re already familiar with, allowing them to translate their current experience into new areas. Existing entrepreneurs who haven’t worked directly in the built environment will gain insights into this sector, and will have the opportunity to explore the value offered by this growing market.

Course curriculum

Explore entrepreneurial solutions to challenges in the built environment as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Imagine design solutions in the built environment
  • Module 2 Test ideas, research the market, and define stakeholders
  • Module 3 Calibrate an idea and create a development framework
  • Module 4 Determine the value proposition and model the user journey
  • Module 5 Prototype your built environment solution
  • Module 6 Create a business model
  • Module 7 Tailor the message and pitch your venture
  • Module 8 Develop an action plan to operationalize your venture

Your Faculty Director

The design of this online short course is guided by MIT SA+P faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the program.

Gilad Rosenzweig

Photo credit: Suzanne Kreiter / Boston Globe (2014)

Gilad Rosenzweig

Executive Director, MITdesignX

Earn a certificate from MIT SA+P

Study entrepreneurship in the built environment and earn an official MIT SA+P certificate.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2021.

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