Spring 2019

Innovating for mission impact

The Fall 2019 Cohort will participate in a 14 week immersive experience to develop research project proposals with high potential for healthcare impact. Participants will work closely with a cross-disciplinary team of faculty mentors in a highly networked community of engineers, scientists, businesspeople, and clinicians. Using the Catalyst methodology for innovating for impact, participants work through a structured process to consider real-world needs, plausible solutions, and viable action plans to develop proposals that, if successful, will lead to a clear and specific benefit.

Selected project proposals have the potential for follow on funding.

The focus for the Fall 2019 cohort is on identifying opportunities to improve the quality of life, autonomy and societal inclusion for people with Down syndrome.

Cohort partners


“linQ brings together many passionate, creative and brilliant people. Real things happen, and we have great fun along the way.”

Peter Bryant, linQ faculty and Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE, Madrid

Experience highlights


Nucleate original need-driven research and venture opportunities with high potential to achieve health impact and without the constraints of a single lab or organization


Process driven by you. What you and your team develop during the spring is just the beginning. Past teams have launched start-ups, established new lines of research, and embarked on new career trajectories.


Mentored by cross-disciplinary experts from academic research, industry, and clinical care


Selected projects progress to Phase II in which scaling and commercialization are explored.

Who should join

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.


Application dates

The process this phase


Proof of Need

Identify, evaluate, and document unmet medical needs. Visit laboratories, talk with clinicians and explore the literature to create problem and need statements.


Proof of Opportunity

Identify and evaluate opportunities (need & solution idea). Work in teams for an in-depth analysis. Develop and document your opportunity.


Project Proposal

Develop a plan to launch a research project which outlines the milestones in a 12-18 month time frame. Present your project proposal (orally) to an Independent Advisory Panel.



Portfolio of 1-4 validated research opportunities, with real opportunity to transition to Phase II—exploration of funding and commercialization opportunities.

Apply to join

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

Course credit

MIT students and cross-registrants can receive course credit

Applications are closed

Catalyst projects

Catalyst projects involve Fellows and their international teams of collaborators. They focus on identifying unmet medical needs that can be addressed by new biomedical technologies. Successful Catalyst projects demonstrate a real potential for healthcare impact.
See the projects