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

How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water - AquaFresco in The Atlantic City Lab. Read More. 

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Oxalys Pharmaceuticals featured by the MIT ILP Insider. Read More.

Bluesmart Carry-On Luggage now sold in Brookstone Stores. Read More.

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VMS company SPOTLIGHt - robilis

Creator of the Chairbot Chair

“Stand with the comfort of sitting – all day long.”

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