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
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.
The wisdom of experienced mentors at the VMS has really helped us get started and allowed us to move fast.
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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I am thrilled to be part of VMS. Initially, I joined because it sounded like a lot of fun, but it has become so much more for me. It permits me to give back, of my time, experience, and money, to both MIT and to the many entrepreneurs who are part of the VMS effort...
Bob Stearns is an entrepreneur and high technology executive with background in technology, marketing, planning, venture capital, computing, communications, medical and scientific devices, the Internet, and enterprise software.
VMS thanks Bob for his volunteerism, generosity and service to MIT and the entrepreneurial community.