The organizations and resources listed on this page are part of the extended MIT entrepreneurship ecosystem and are of tremendous value to those looking for assistance with networking, mentorship, or other entrepreneurial concerns.
Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, offered through the School of Engineering, enables MIT juniors and seniors to develop leadership and communication skills through an interactive program of realistic hands-on activities, exercises, and classes. Many of its graduates are in startup companies or are receiving accolades for their effectiveness and entrepreneurial initiatives in the larger companies where they work.
BU Law Clinic
The BU Law Clinic assists students with a broad range of legal matters related to entrepreneurship and cyber law, from basic issues associated with the founding of startup companies to novel questions about the application of laws and regulations to students’ innovation-related activities. BU law students, under the direction of experienced law instructors, advise students from either MIT or BU free of charge about legal issues associated with their entrepreneurial and innovation-related efforts.
MIT D-Lab is working to meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary research and courses, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, scalability, and impact assessment.
Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
Founded in 2002, the Deshpande Center was the first of its kind to promote technology commercialization in an academic environment with proof-of-concept grants to faculty members. To date the center has funded more than 125 faculty research projects, with nearly 30 percent of these spinning out companies.
DESx is an unprecedented program to accelerate entrepreneurial innovation in design for the built environment. Housed in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, DESx accelerates student ventures through training, investment, mentorship, institutional and global networks, and access to resources inside and outside of MIT.
Global Startup Workshop
MIT GSW is more than just a conference; it has become a premiere global training and networking event for entrepreneurs. Every year, the conference is hosted in a different location; in 2017, the event was held in Santiago, Chile. Since 1998, the organization has held 16 international workshops, spanning six continents, and has attracted participants from over 70 nations.
Hong Kong Innovation Node
The Hong Kong Innovation Node convenes MIT students, faculty, and researchers to work on various entrepreneurial and research projects alongside Hong Kong-based students and faculty, MIT alumni, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
The MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii) works with all five MIT schools to strengthen the educational pathways and networks for students, alumni, and partners to move ideas from conception to impact. In MIT’s tradition of mens et manus, we do so by combining hands-on, global opportunities for building expertise in the innovation process with insights developed from the evidence-based science of innovation.
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
Established in 2007, the Legatum Center administers programs that promote and shape discourse on bottom-up development, especially in emerging economies. It also runs a fellowship program intended to launch enterprises in low-income countries.
The Lemelson-MIT Program
The Lemelson-MIT Program, established in 1994, believes that ‘invention is at the heart of a great society’ and is dedicated to honoring the acclaimed and unsung heroes who have helped improve our lives through invention. It runs programs and competitions to support this mission, including the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
Founded in 2006, the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program consists of several courses that help students leverage Media Lab technologies to create new businesses. Students are from the MIT’s Sloan and Engineering schools in addition to the Media Lab, and also from Harvard’s Kennedy, Public Health, and Education schools. The program has spun off more than 35 companies, many of which operate in developing countries.
MIT Enterprise Forum
Part of MIT Technology Review, this external-facing organization, founded in 1978 by the MIT Alumni Association, provides a valuable network and resources to connect entrepreneurs to the outside world. The Enterprise Forum has worldwide chapters including a very active Cambridge chapter and runs programs that integrate MIT alumni and the community.
MIT Entrepreneurs Hub
An excellent resource for navigating MIT’s vast entrepreneurial ecosystem, the MIT Entrepreneurs Hub is a compass for students and alumni to find teammates, partners, and supporters. The Hub includes two sections: an interest and idea-sharing platform to connect people, and a directory of resources to help navigate the MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem.
MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
MISTI, MIT’s pioneering international education program, matches over 900 undergrads and graduate students with tailored internship, teaching and research opportunities around the world each year. These include Global Innovation Internships and Global Startup and Teaching Labs.
MIT Startup Exchange (STEX)
MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is an initiative of the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and is designed to promote partnering between MIT-connected startups and corporate ILP members.
Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center
The MIT Public Service Center (PSC) provides the guidance, support, and resources for the MIT community to achieve transformative outcomes through service. The PSC supports innovation and entrepreneurship through the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge, an annual competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for the best ideas to tackle barriers to well-being.
The MIT START Studio provides an atmosphere and physical space where student members can explore their creativity. Supported by the Arts at MIT, the goal of the studio is to cultivate and support MIT arts focused entrepreneurial projects and business teams.
StartMIT is a two-and-a-half week IAP course aimed at exposing members of the MIT community to the elements of entrepreneurship. During this IAP course, MIT students hear from leaders in innovation, participate in activities to refine their projects, and attend events with alumni and other leaders in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Tata Center for Technology + Design
The Tata Center’s research and education mission is to address the challenges of resource-constrained communities, with an initial focus on India. MIT faculty, graduate students, and researchers work with on-the-ground collaborators to identify opportunities and develop appropriate, sustainable solutions.
Technology Licensing Office
The MIT TLO executes its mission to bring about, through technology licensing, commercial investment in the development of inventions and discoveries flowing from research at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory. It is through these investments — and the economic development and new products that follow from them — that MIT technology provides direct benefits to the public.
Venture Mentoring Service
MIT VMS was founded in 2000 and is a free service with no strings attached that is available to all MIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni who qualify. It provides an extensive and structured mentoring service through a network of hundreds of highly qualified mentors, most of whom are MIT alumni.