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’ve been a VMS mentor for over 13 years. When I first joined VMS, my motivation was to give back to MIT with more than just dollars. I wanted to give of myself; I wanted to give today’s entrepreneurs the support that did not exist for me with my companies.
Kathleen is an entrepreneur, startup founder and advisor, philanthropist, and computer networking specialist. Within the Institute, her mentoring extends beyond VMS to the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund and Graduate Women at MIT. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
VMS thanks Kathleen for her leadership, generosity and service to MIT and the entrepreneurial community.