The INSEAD Startup Bootcamp is an intensive and interactive weekend of training designed to test one’s entrepreneurial appetite and jumpstart the entrepreneurial adventure. Participants learn the building blocks of what it takes to create their own venture from the ground-up, including idea generation, team formation, business validation, pitching to investors and more. Set early in the INSEAD experience, the Startup Bootcamp is an invaluable first step in a student’s entrepreneurial journey at INSEAD.
Registration for the 2021 Bootcamps are now opened.
Online, Fontainebleau, 3 to 5 December 2021
Note: The content of the bootcamp will be delivered and lead by different set of bootcamp leader(s) on the respective campus. There will be a time difference for the online version of the bootcamp. Please be aware of the correct timezone before confirming your registration and payment.
How can you register?
Online Bootcamps, Fontainebleau | 3 to 5 December 2021
Are you ready for an intense and fast-paced 48-hours that’s reflective of a real-life entrepreneurial journey? We are thrilled to announce that we have created a new, engaging, interactive, fun-packed and exciting remote version of the famous Start-up Bootcamp; idea to pitch in just two-days!
Learn the tools and start-up thinking to equip you to start and accelerate your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you are a start-up novice or an entrepreneur with some experience, book your tickets now for the ONLINE INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship Start-up Bootcamp and be prepared to:
• sanity check start-up ideas
• build teams that deal with uncertainty
• practice managing internal conflicts
• validate start-up risk appetite
• practice idea generation to pitch
• take-away frameworks
• test entrepreneurial acumen
• pitch to investors and entrepreneurs as the grand finale
This is "minimum viable product" throughout – identical to the start-up world. There won’t be time to fully validate your theories or fine tune your outputs – we encourage you to explore other activities offered by ICE to further your entrepreneurship experience. This workshop will inspire you to explore entrepreneurship more deeply or encourage you to pursue entrepreneurship in a more structured environment - such as Corporate Innovation, Venture Capitalism or Angel Investing. Many past participants have gone on to found ventures and still quote the Start-up Bootcamp as the moment of both igniting and crystallising their entrepreneurial mindset; come and join the gang!
On Campus Bootcamp, Singapore | 24 to 26 September 2021
Kick off on a Friday night, understand how to ideate, kill a few ideas in search of the final bright spark that will be turned, twisted and teased into a real business proposition, ready to be served up to an experienced jury by Sunday night.
You will discover new concepts, markets, value proposition together with a team that you will choose to be part of. You may have an idea that may or may not make it to the final round. However, you will learn how to develop, structure, solidify your story into a pitch and you may well feel a tiny sense of the adrenaline rush that entrepreneurs face while building a new venture! You will walk away from weekend with hands-on venture building experience, tons of confidence, and possibly a real cheque.
An absolutely unforgettable experience. I loved everything about it and I guarantee that the bootcamp will wow you too!
Janine Bacher, MBA'22J, Online Bootcamp, Fontainebleau
These 48 hours will push you to your limits - but it’s absolutely worth it! It’s incredible what a team can achieve in such a short period of time!
Patrick Pfeiffer, MIM‘22, Online Bootcamp, Fontainebleau
I have felt some high highs some sinking bottom-of-the-gut lows but I am now sure as hell ready to tackle my own entrepreneurship journey!
Ciara Cronin-Albert, MBA’21D, On campus, Singapore
The startup Bootcamp was an amazing experience of creativity, collaboration and business acumen altogether. Whether or not considering entrepreneurship, I would recommend this Bootcamp to all MBAs and EMBAs students to get a glance of what's happening being the doors of a start-up.
Simon Ardonceau, GEMBA'22, Online Bootcamp, Fontainebleau
I cannot think of a better way to start my INSEAD experience. Startup bootcamp is a very intense weekend but a unique opportunity to learn about the start-up world while working and meeting you peers in a fast-paced environment. I totally recommend it to anyone curious about the start-up life, regardless of their previous entrepreneurial experience.
David Benito, MBA'21D, Online Bootcamp, Fontainebleau
I came to the bootcamp considering myself a lame person, then walked out with an idea of turning worms into the hero for climate change and food sustainability - global worming vs global warming.
Nga Vu, MBA’21J, On campus, Singapore
In 48 hours, you learn how to get from vague idea to pitch, which is terrific. However, the real important lesson the bootcamp teaches is if entrepreneurship is the right path for you.
Martijn van de Giessen, GEMBA21A, On campus, Singapore
If I did this bootcamp 10 years ago and dived into entrepreneurship years back, I would still have done the bootcamp again today.
Alireza, GEMBA21A, On campus, Singapore
Can 48 hours truly affect you? Yes it can. This was by far the most effective way I have spent a weekend in memory. With very little sleep, but never feeling tired, in intense learning and motivation mode thanks to the programme leaders, you can only come out a winner out of this, whether you win in the bootcamp with your ideas or not... the bootcamp is transformational.
Tarja Arvela-Yilmaz, GEMBA Partner, On campus, Singapore
The bootcamp teaches you an incredible amount in a short time. If you have an idea, they will give you the structure and insight to craft it into a powerful, persuasive pitch and really let you know what investors are looking for. The insights and experiences of the Bootcamp Director are exceptionally helpful.
Sudarshan Sriraman, MBA'18J
I have always worked in corporates, educated with an employee mindset and was so scared of starting something on my own (I didn’t even know where to start). After these intense 48 hours I feel much more prepared and I am sure I will follow this path eventually. Before starting I thought that the fees were really too expensive and now I am convinced that it’s totally worth it.
Sara Bustillo, MBA'18D
Whether you want to test your startup idea or simply validate the concept of being an entrepreneur one day, the 48 hours will give you the answer to both. If you do get excited to launch your startup idea after the Bootcamp, you can be sure to walk away perfectly equipped with the right tools to pitch your idea to potential investors.
Elena Parker, GEMBA'17E
Startup Bootcamp Winners - VOA & SENSATE
24 to 26 September 2021, Europe
- VOA is a ready to drink meal replacement that will allow Latin Americans to have a nutritious meal when they are time-pressured. It is plant-based, organic and contains the perfect mix of nutrients needed to live a healthy life.
Team members: Cadu Mendes De Almeida, Kathia Saavedra, Darragh Hyland (MBA'22J) And Patrick Pfeiffer (MIM'22)
- SENSATE is a subtle tracking sensor placed underneath the traditional watch and an elegant app with pairing capabilities and real-time information sharing.
Team members (MBA'22J): Amaya Mugica Ortiz, Maximilian Ebner, Anjum Rangwala and Janine Bacher
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Smooothie
24 to 26 September 2021, Asia
Smooothie understands that talent is the only differentiating factor in business. It’s mission is to foster strong relationships in the workplace though fun activities and creating awesome work communities. The Smoothie app will create synergetic connections and engagement between companies, employees and service providers.
Team members (MBA22J): Christopher Wong, Harry Lee, Pearl Sun and Takuya Hata
Startup Bootcamp Winners - ZIZOO & PRUDENT HEALTH
13 to 15 August 2021, Europe
- ZIZOO is an online footbal shirts resale market place
Team members (MBA'22J): Alberto Marega, Ivan Suriady, Koffi Koumi andFerdinand Issels
- Prudent Health is a wearable medical biosensors can provide monitoring of patients vital signs via wirelessly capturing transmitting physiological data over a 5-Day duration, with remote data access in hospital, ambulatory and home settings.
Team members: Nancy Li, Kelly An (MBA'22J) and Vignesh Pitchiah (GEMBA'23)
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Convivial
29 to 31 January 2021, Asia
With the rise of remote working culture and the recent demographic shifts to the suburbs, Convivial proposes to take advantage of the current surplus suburban mall space by creating private co-working spaces in shopping malls. Finding a productive place to work should be as easy as finding a Starbucks.
Team members (MBA21D): Alban Karila , Alexander Hoffman, David Lee, Mourad Mzah
ONLINE Startup Bootcamp Winner - ReTatters
11 to 13 December 2020, Europe
"ReTatters" is a service provider and application that collects used clothing from consumers & corporates and sells them to recycling operators.
Team : Elif Nisa Kaya (MBA'21J), Aditi Surana, Danielle Rodriguez and Raghav Gupta (MBA'21Ds)
ONLINE Startup Bootcamp Winner - EcoZaar
4 to 6 December 2020, Europe
"EcoZaar" is an online marketplace connecting conscious consumers & sustainable brands, featuring vetted retail partners and easy-to-understand sustainability ratings
Team : Vishakha Chopra, David Benito Viloria, Sahil Bahl (MBA'21Ds) and Kristin Binder (MBA'21J)
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Work Cocoon
20 to 22 November 2020, Asia
Work Cocoon’s vision is to Reinvent the future of the Work Place at home. As employees are forced to work at home during Covid-19, Work Coccon will work with employers to provide ergonomic office furniture for home use – with the aim of increasing productivity, employee retention, and comfort.
Team (GEMBA21A): Annalisa Dass, Borja Gomez, Carolyn So, Vibhor Gupta
ONLINE Startup Bootcamp Winner - Branche
6 to 8 November 2020, Europe
"Branche" provides a bio-inspired equipment for optimal traction movements (calisthenics), allowing
full body work out at home.
Team : Camille Cassard, Alexandre Barroux (MIM'21), and Keith Martin (TIEMBA'21)
Startup Bootcamp Winner #2 - Edutime
23-25 October 2020, Asia
During Covid-19 pandemic, as many parent struggle with work from home and having to take care of their children at the same time. EduTime provides the perfect solution to free up parent’s time through virtual and active child care in a meaningful way. EduTime will focus on children aged 2-6 years old and provide on demand virtual active and educational experiences as well as age specific modalized content.
Team (MBA21Js): Antonina Babych, Rebecca Kane, Carrie Li, Emanuel Berger
Startup Bootcamp Winner #1 - Seed Meadows
23-25 October 2020, Asia
Singapore produces 774 tons of food waste a year, and imports 90% of its food. This results in expensive and not the freshest of produce. The country is facing a major food paradox – the need for food but careless wasting. Seed Meadows attempts to close the loop by introducing a “Waste to Farm to Table” vertical farming system where food waste is converted into nutrients naturally with the help of earthworms and fish. 1% of Singapore’s food waste can produce 7.7 tons of basil lettuce, 3.6 tons of tomato and 150kg of Tilapia. Seed Meadows aims to be the market leader in helping Singapore achieve its goal of producing 30% of its food by 2030!
Team (MBA21Js): BingLing Xu, Matthew Janda, Nga Vu, Vivek Prekumar
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Top Spin
28 Feb to 1 March 2020, Europe
Athleisure brand that puts tennis back in the center of the industry by repurposing discarded tennis equipment into the manufacturing of clothing and footwear.
Team (MBA’20Ds): Guillaume Valla, Oriol Navales, Manuel Puig
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Mosaic Farm
21 Feb to 23 Feb 2020, Europe
Our network of urban, distributed hydroponic farms combined with a tech-enabled platform efficiently matches supply & demand within a city (<5 miles farm to plate).
Customers become urban farmers, we aggregate and sell their products.
Team (MBA’20Ds): Aleem Mawji, Aubrey Keller, Marcell Zambo, Marco De Grazia
Startup Bootcamp Winner - Beyond Tomorrow
14-16 February 2020, Asia
Beyond Tomorrow’s vision is to be the trusted partner to celebrate life and organise legacy. Beyond Tomorrow questions the problem of how can we gather the memories and logistics of our loved ones as they approach the end of their lives. Beyond Tomorrow will offer help to capture memories, centralize information, and deliver professional services for funerals, will execution and more.
Team: Ginny Fahs, Simon Pannatier, Alex Shmuilovish, Pedro Galindo (all MBA'20D) & Mehar Nangia (MBA'20J)
Startup Bootcamp Winner - ARTEK
13-15 February 2020, Middle East
ARTEK provides the highest quality digital frame available, coupled with a Fine Art digital marketplace, connecting consumers to museums, galleries and new artists around the world.
Team: Gabriela Nowak (GEMBA21), Matthew Nobles (GEMBA Partner), Dr. Axel York Poschmann (GEMBA21)