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

VMS Companies in the News

Aeronaut Brewing Co. Raises $236K to Finish Build-Out. Read More. 

Ryan Buckley of Scripted  writes for the Huffington Post. Read More.

Robilis   and Chairbot in the Boston Herald. Read More.

Agrivida  in the MIT Technology Review. Read More.

TinFoil Security in Daily Finance. Read More.

EchoNest Acquired by Spotify. Read More.

VMS Company Spotlight

Wink is an all natural eyelash and eyebrow enhancement serum. Wink works by stimulating dormant hair follicles to grow, and by both conditioning and nurturing active follicles. Wink works on a variety of age groups and demographics and has been well received across the board as a natural solution to the age old problem of sparse lashes and brows..

Learn more at their website: www.winknaturalcosmetics.com.

What our mentees say...

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.

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!


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.

Support VMS

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