VMS is open to all members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff and alumni) who have ideas and want to start new businesses. Learn more

HISTORY

The MIT Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS) was founded in 2000 after two successful MIT-affiliated serial entrepreneurs – the late Professor David Staelin and alumnus Alexander Dingee – independently approached Provost Robert Brown with similar proposals to remedy a gap in how the university supports emerging entrepreneurial ventures. Convinced of the need, the Provost charged the two with developing a program. Learn more

what our mentees say

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VMS was instrumental in getting us off the ground; our team of mentors had varied backgrounds and brought different perspectives on starting a business, everything from building a pitch, raising money, defining the product and building a viable business model. The VMS network of mentors and other ventures, continues to provide valuable advice to us as we scale our company. We feel lucky to have gotten this sort of support as we spun out.

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The wisdom of experienced mentors at the VMS has really helped us get started and allowed us to move fast.

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When we first started out we were a consulting organization. VMS was instrumental in helping us design the original business and helped us as we shifted to a product company. They also provided a lot of critical early advice. Now, VMS is a great community of fellow entrepreneurs!

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VMS is open to all members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) who have ideas and want to start businesses. You must be based in the greater Boston area.

VMS companies in the news

Agrivida Raises $12 Million in Series D Financing. Read More.

peerTransfer  adds $22 million in new funding. Read More.

Affectiva'sfacial analysis software, Affdex, in the New Yorker. Read More. 

EcoVent  Named Automation Device of the Year by the Consumer Electronics Association. Read More.


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Did you know that the MIT Venture Mentoring Service relies almost entirely on private donations? With your generous financial support, you will join those that have shown their commitment to helping VMS educate MIT's emerging entrepreneurs. Learn more.

ADOPTING the mit vms model

MIT VMS can help you establish a formal, sustainable and scalable mentoring program based on our model. Learn more.

VMS COMPANY SPOTLIGHT - AMPLYUS

Amplyus brings DNA testing and exploration to the masses with their miniPCR machine.

Only 2 by 5 inches and less than one pound, the miniPCR machine can be used to easily amplify (copy) DNA at home or in the classroom, empowering everyone to discover and experiment with DNA.

They recently completed their successful campaign on Kickstarter. You can learn more and purchase the miniPCR on their website here.