Miami Dade College and MIT LinQ Collaborate to Offer Virtual IDEASpark Program

Apply for IDEASpark program and put your healthcare technology ideas to work

Miami, Nov. 5, 2021 – Miami Dade College (MDC) is collaborating with MIT linQ, an international biomedical technology innovation consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Institute of Medical Engineering and Science to offer the virtual 2022 edition of IDEASpark, a program providing transformative mentorship and expertise to emerging innovators with fresh and compelling new healthcare technology projects.

“MDC’s participation in IDEASpark affords us the opportunity to amplify our reach and facilitate access to programs designed for our community, in support of entrepreneurship in one of our targeted industries, the life sciences and biomedical sector,” said Maryam Laguna Borrego, MDC’s Vice President for External Affairs & Strategy and Chief of Staff. “We invite students, alumni and the local entrepreneur community to apply to this outstanding program.”

The IDEASpark program is a 3-day training program, designed to help Biomedical and Life Science academic entrepreneurs interested in seeing their research provide real-world benefit and position their project or company for growth, through MIT-led workshops and an introductory experience of this program.

During the time, participants acquire knowledge based on the MIT method to apply to the development of their healthcare idea or research project into a business. Through hypothetical product scenarios, they will learn how to communicate strategically and to create buy-in from potential stakeholders, such as corporate partners, investors, and grant reviewers.

Through intensive innovation workshops and hand-selected expert mentor relationships, teams strengthen their technology focus and strategic plans. They complete IDEASpark with technology innovation projects clearly focused on compelling medical needs, broad networks of connections, and improved abilities to compete for collaborators and funding.

“We are delighted to work with Miami Dade College and entrepreneurs to contribute to their success in a field as relevant, complex and exciting as health care, where collaboration is key,” said Dr. Mercedes Balcells, one of the principal investigators at MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science who co-leads the program.

The IDEASpark program is open to Miami-based entrepreneurs. 

To apply and for more information, visit or contact Kyesha Francis at