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MIT retools to aid students with startups

Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, spoke with students at MIT earlier this month as part of MIT’s first boot camp for students who hope to launch businesses.
Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, spoke with students at MIT earlier this month as part of MIT’s first boot camp for students who hope to launch businesses.Photos by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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Is it possible MIT is feeling inadequate, insecure even?

The school that helped spawn the transistor radio, radar, Technicolor, modern robotics, and essentially the field of biotechnology, has launched a campuswide effort to be the unquestioned leader of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century.

In the past several years, MIT has watched as its Cambridge neighbor, Harvard University, grabbed headlines for its newfound love affair with everything tech and it’s even building an innovation campus in Allston to rival MIT’s backyard in Kendall Square.

So, at the direction of new president Rafael Reif, MIT is undertaking a massive overhaul in the way it approaches innovation that will touch every corner of the institute.

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