Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lead Instructor, Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation via the Lead User Method
Innovation via the Lead User Method Lecturer and Senior Director, Experiential Learning, MIT Open Learning
Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Lecturer at MIT and a Senior Director of Experiential Learning at MIT Open Learning, Erdin Beshimov is committed to creating new pathways for learners worldwide to study innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. He founded MIT Bootcamps and the MITxMicroMasters program, and the Incubation Group in the Office of Digital Learning. He also co-developed MIT’s open online courses in entrepreneurship, which have enrolled hundreds of thousands of learners from around the world. 

Beshimov is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he earned the Patrick J. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award for his contributions to student life, as well as the Carol and Howard Anderson Fellowship and the MIT Sloan Peer Recognition Award. Before joining MIT’s faculty, he served as Principal at Flagship Pioneering, where he focused on ventures in water, energy, and materials. He also co-founded Ubiquitous Energy—a solar technologies spinout from MIT.

He holds an MA in area studies of the former Soviet Union from Harvard University, and a BA in development and peace studies from the University of Bradford.