The 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 INSEAD Startup Bootcamps are now opened:
- In person delivery on Asia Campus, 29 - 31 January 2021 for MBA21D. All tickets have been sold out.
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.
Best part of INSEAD so far! I loved the practical, hands-on learning environment and a chance to build a friend group here that shares my interest in startups and entrepreneurship. The programme was engaging throughout and the time flew by.
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.
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.
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.
Take the chance and get inspired from like-minded students and entrepreneurs along the Startup Bootcamp journey. This experience will sharpen your entrepreneurial mindset and provide useful tools and contacts to kick-start your own venture.
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.
MBA’21J (Oct’ Asia Campus)
90% of startups fail but I'm meant to be part of the top 10%
MBA (Oct’ Asia Campus)
The bootcamp has made me more passionate to potentially start something now rather than wait. Pick your team and idea well - It’s such an exciting 48 hours and you really spend a lot of time with your idea and team which allows for deep lifelong connections!
MBA (Oct’ Asia Campus)
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
"If I did this bootcamp 10 years ago and dived into entrepreneurship years back, I would still have done the bootcamp again today"
29 to 31 January, 2021
Asia Campus (with safe distancing measures)
- Put on your creative hats to come up with a variety of ideas
- Evaluate and kill the ideas that don’t stack upLeave your comfort zone to team up with ideas and people that may not be yours
- Build consensus on the way forward, the value proposition and the final idea
- Validate your appetite for risk
- Take away entrepreneurial frameworks
- Practice a real pitch
- Test if you have it in you to become an entrepreneur
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)
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 #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 #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 - 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 - 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)
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 - 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)