MDXV Program Curriculum

The MITdesignX Venice (MDXV) program will support 10 startups every year from ideation to launch.

The process consists of two phases:

  1. an optional preparation phase in the Spring/Summer, to recruit teams and prepare them for submission into the program. Participation in the preliminary phase is not mandatory.

  2. the full program, in the Fall, conducted by MIT Faculty, reserved for the 10 best ideas submitted.

Any team of 2-5 people can submit an application by the 2023 deadline.

There are no limitations on the age or origin of team members (see Guidelines and Rules)
More information in
English here, and in Italian here.

The 10 teams who are selected for the MDXV Program follow an intensive 3-month syllabus consisting of 16 modules divided into 4 main blocks.

Workshop 2
Presentation 2

Workshop 3

Presentation 3

Workshop 4

Presentation 4

Each of the 4 MDXV Workshops covers 4 modules.

The program follows a very structured and systematic step-by-step approach, using canvas boards on Miro.

Workshops include plenary presentations by MIT Faculty, group discussion and many breakout sessions where each team works on a specific module and then reports back. MIT faculty and other experts visit each team in its breakout room and provide advice and feedback.

MIT also selects and assigns 2-3 external mentors to each team, who provide zoom consultations in-between workshops to further help each startup in its growth and acceleration.

Each team also receives support from one or more IUAV students, who participate in the program as startup assistants.

At the end of the program, the teams make a final pitch in the H3 Factory, in front of a live audience and online and the top teams reveive financial and in-kind prices.

This year, the Final Pitches took place on November 23, 2022 from 5 to 7pm our YouTube channel.

100 people attended in person and 700 have viewed the proceedings on SerenDPT's YouTube channel (as of Dec. 1, 2022).


After the end of the program, MITdesignX Venice continues to support graduated cohorts indefinitely. Once teams become part of the MDXV family, they are never forgotten. MDXV is a boutique accelerator that really nurtures its cohorts in the long term.

SerenDPT offers incentives to graduating startups who choose to set up their headquarters in Venice or in the Lagoon.

Graduating cohorts who choose to set up their venture in Venice (or in the Lagoon) also receive free support from student teams from WPI (spring and fall) and from students from the MISTI program at MIT (summers).