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


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 has been an exceptional resource. When we set out, we were three co-founders with an idea and some technology. Our mentors helped guide us to turn those ideas and technology into a product and company. They helped us focus on what's most important at each stage along the way. Our mentors have been a great sounding board; with their help, we spun out of Draper Laboratory, raised venture capital, and are building an exciting, new, scalable cyber-security business.

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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!


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.


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After a five year stint in Silicon Valley, I recently moved back to Cambridge to launch a new startup. I'm so excited to be able to work with the VMS again—I never found anything else like it in Silicon Valley. From the moment you walk in the door at the VMS, everyone is incredibly supportive. At the same time, my mentors also challenge me and bring a variety of different perspectives. For me giving back to the VMS is an opportunity to have a big positive impact, as I've seen firsthand how mentorship helps entrepreneurs succeed.

Carter is an inventor and entrepreneur, with 8 issued patents and having started 3 technology businesses. Carter's latest startup is Frictionless Systems, which is developing technologies to get people "in the zone" so they can be their most effective. Carter is also teaching a class at MIT in the spring for first-year students, based on the neuroscience research being done at his startup. Beyond his own ventures, Carter has 13 years of tech industry experience at giants like Apple, Akamai, and Intel, and well as startups in finance, analytics, logistics, and food.

Learn more about Carter and how to support VMS.