MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program


REAP is a unique, multi-year program for cross-functional teams designed to help regions promote economic development and job creation by implementing a more robust innovation-based entrepreneurial ecosystem. As part of the program, participants attend two-and-a-half day educational workshops twice a year for at least two years, where they are exposed to the theory and practice of developing regional clusters of innovation-based entrepreneurship.

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MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program
Certificate Track: Management and Leadership
Location: Multiple
Tuition: $300,000 (covers tuition for two years for entire team of 5-8 participants)
Program Days (for certificate credit): 16

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The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program ( provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems. We achieve this by translating research insights into practical frameworks, convening stakeholders focused on IDE, and educating regional leaders through team-based interaction to achieve economic and social progress.

Translate, Convene, Educate.

- Translate research and expertise into practical frameworks, approaches and actions with widespread global application.
- Convene stakeholders (corporate, risk capital, entrepreneur, university and government) from ecosystems around the world to build a community for collaboration and learning.
- Educate regional innovation ecosystem leaders through team-based learning to facilitate meaningful economic and social outcomes.

Mechanisms to Learn and Engage:

- Translate: Case studies, frameworks, podcasts, videos, regional write-ups.
- Convene: Conferences, workshops, Global Innovation Network, webinars.
- Educate: Two-year program for regions who engage as teams (representing key stakeholders).

Participant Testimonial

"This is an outstanding program that has the possibility of changing the future of entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development across the world. It brings diverse groups of people together to solve the complex problem of creating an entrepreneurial platform in a country and region. Participants include government , large business, entrepreneurs, funding entities, and universities. The program allows this group of people to gain knowledge of MIT's experience and success in building entrepreneurial platforms and combine it with the unique set of circumstance, cultural uniqueness and current opportunities. Building on this rich set of data, the program facilitates tapping into the collective intelligence of all participants to solve this challenge and determine the right actions which will deliver a successful and prosperous economic platform... This is an incredible experience I would highly recommend!" —Susan L.

REAP 2015 at Istana in Singapore

President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore hosted the 2015 REAP cohort's MIT Global Innovation Dinner at his estate, Istana.

Fiona Murray on Boston's Innovation Culture and REAP

Boston is ranked the top city of the global innovation economy. Fiona Murray, Associate Dean of Innovation at MIT Sloan, spoke with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss how Boston acquired this status, what it means, and how she helps other regions boost their own economies.