VMS provides aspiring entrepreneurs with impartial and unbiased team mentoring
VMS mentoring is based on a strict code of ethics and is offered at no cost. All interaction with VMS is confidential and under nondisclosure.
VMS serves MIT students, faculty, staff, post docs and alums in the Boston area
Since 2000, over 4,400 entrepreneurs across all industries have been mentored by VMS. Entrepreneurs may work with VMS as long as needed.
VMS has a dynamic and accomplished group of carefully selected volunteer mentors
Nearly 200 mentors give their time so that others may succeed.
Adopt the VMS Model
We help organizations worldwide establish their own mentoring programs based on the successful MIT VMS Model.
Join the mentors, mentees and friends who support VMS
VMS is self-funded and relies on gifts from supporters. Help develop MIT's future entrepreneurs and advance the Institute's mission of innovation.
VMS partners with the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program at MIT
I-Corps trains scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory to accelerate the transfer of cutting-edge research into commercial success.
VMS is a free and confidential mentoring service for entrepreneurs in the MIT community.
We connect entrepreneurs with teams of carefully selected mentors and other services to help turn their ideas into for-profit, for-benefit, or non-profit ventures.
Apply for Mentoring
VMS is open to all Boston-based members of the MIT community (students, faculty, post docs, staff and alumni) who have ideas and want to start businesses or non-profits.
VMS Founders Society
Meet our donors whose leadership support for the VMS Endowment Fund secures the vision of our founders, Alec Dingee and Dave Staelin.
Outreach Training Program
To date, we have trained 120+ organizations worldwide to help them establish their own mentoring programs based on the MIT VMS Model.
Explore Innovation at MIT
VMS is just one of many programs that support innovation and entrepreneurship at MIT. Visit the MIT Office of Innovation website below to learn more about other resources and opportunities.
VMS-Mentored Companies in the News
Here are the latest news updates on companies mentored by VMS.
Donor Spotlight - Kent Zelle
VMS entrepreneur and donor, Kent Zelle, shares why he supports VMS. Click below to learn more about Kent and how you can support VMS.