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 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!


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 in the news

ProtonMail now available to the public - in the New York Times. Read More.

LTG Exam Prep raises $5.25M in Series A funding. Read More.

Psychological thriller video game 'Nevermind' adds support for Affectiva’s Emotion Sensing Technology to create custom gaming experiences. Read More.

Cogito and MGH launch two-year test of mental health app with 1000+ patients. Read More.

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Company Spotlight - Magurobotics

Magurobotics is a product design company engaged in bringing high-quality fishing products imbued with technology to make the fishing experience more effective, engaging, and fun. Their first product is the Zombait lure, designed to impart lifelike swimming motion to otherwise dead bait fish. This allows an angler to use dead bait as effectively as live bait but with far less trouble.

Magurobotics recently closed a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Zombait lure. They are currently underway with product development.


Supporting VMS is also a way of giving back to my alma mater, my community, and my country. VMS is one reason why MIT is better than any other academic institution at putting the results of research to use in the real world.

Donald Shobrys ’75 is one of VMS’s most active volunteers and donors. An entrepreneur and supply–chain management expert, Don has mentored over 50 VMS venture teams since he joined in 2008. He is a VMS co-director and currently leads VMS’s initiative to engage and support its alumni entrepreneurs....

Learn more about Don and why he supports MIT VMS