VMS relies heavily on financial support from our mentors, mentees, and friends. With your generous financial support, you will join those who have shown their commitment to helping VMS educate MIT's emerging entrepreneurs.
Donate by Check
Payable to MIT, and mailed with a contribution form, noting designation to MIT Venture Mentoring Service (2730500), to the following address:
MIT Annual Fund
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
600 Memorial Drive, W98-200
Cambridge, MA 02139-4822
Donor Spotlight - Ron Scharlack
A VMS mentor on why he gives back
"When I joined VMS in 2005, I thought that my principal role was to give back by helping entrepreneurs move towards commercialization. Because of VMS’s team approach, I quickly found I was also learning from other mentors whose diverse perspectives and generosity help mentors as well as entrepreneurs. Working with the ventures themselves is an education and a pleasure. I have mentored entrepreneurs whose ventures range from technology for reading emotions and mood to others that are revolutionizing wind power photovoltaics. All provided challenges and satisfaction.” - Ron Scharlack
Ron received his Bachelor’s degree from MIT (’67, Mechanical Engineering) and a Master’s degree from Stanford. A “generalist,” he has extensive experience creating and commercializing world class products and processes, mainly in instrumentation, photovoltaics, medical diagnostics and devices. He started by selling his patented antilock braking system and worked in Detroit on the first commercial automotive ABS system. He was vice president of a successful venture-funded medical device business. He also had profit/loss responsibility as an officer in a NASDAQ-traded corporation.
Ron is one of VMS’s longest serving mentors and most loyal donors. We sincerely thank him for his service.
MIT Venture Mentoring Service Donor Honor Roll
We thank the following mentors, entrepreneurs and friends who supported the Venture Mentoring Service in Fund Year 2020 (July 2019 – June 2020).
Gordon and Kate Baty
Allan and Janet Green
Jonathan Green and Jennifer Stone
Sherwin and Vivian Greenblatt
John Warren Harthorne
Steven and Carolyn Kelly
Eric and Yolanda Lau
Roman Lubynsky and Karen Golz
George Mabry, Jr.
Neil and Anna Winter Rasmussen
Andrea Schievella and Robert Karp
Donald Shobrys and Carol Aronson
Emilie and Frank Slaughter
Donald Steinbrecher and Rochelle Robbins
John Turner and Tee Taggart
James Van Alan
Pierre and Amy Villeneuve
Charles and Margo Yie
Todd and Karen Zion