The MIT delta v accelerator is the capstone entrepreneurial experience for students at MIT.

Important Dates

  • Applications open: Tuesday, March 1
  • Applications close: Thursday, March 31, 11:59pm
  • Interviews: beginning of April
    • NOT ALL TEAMS will be interviewed; requests have no bearing on a team’s acceptance status
  • Teams notified: mid April
  • First Day: Monday, June 6, 2022
  • Demo Day: Friday, September 9, 2022 (tentative)

How it works

From June to early September, teams have dedicated space in the co-working environment of the Trust Center on the MIT campus, or the NYC Startup Studio in Manhattan. They will work on their ventures full-time for the whole summer.

MIT delta v 2022 will be held in person out of the Trust Center.
We will not have a separate cohort in NYC this year; teams will still have access to our NYC-based network.
(Should conditions change, delta v would take place in a virtual or hybrid setting, similar to 2020 & 2021.)

Teams will define and refine their target market, conduct primary market research and build knowledge about their customers and users. They will run experiments to validate or invalidate their key hypotheses with potential customers. They will be building and nurturing their founding team. They will make progress on the mechanics of starting their venture.

Money

The MIT delta v organizing team, in conjunction with the advisory board assigned to your team, will determine the amount of milestone money, if any, to be awarded each month. You have the ability to receive additional funding up to $20,000 in milestone money during the duration of MIT delta v.

Only current MIT students, as defined in the “Eligibility” section, are eligible to receive the $2,000/month fellowships. Only students listed in the submitted application will be eligible as well.

The fellowships will only be awarded during June, July, and August. The MIT delta v organizing team, in conjunction with the advisory board, will determine which team members will receive the fellowships. In general, a team member needs to be founder-level and work full-time at the MIT delta v site to receive money for a particular month.

Remember that all payments are considered income and are therefore taxable. Non-U.S. citizens are typically subject to a 14% tax withholding from any money they receive. We do not provide tax guidance.

2021 Cohort

MIT delta v is MIT’s student venture accelerator, providing a capstone educational opportunity for MIT student entrepreneurs that prepares them to hit escape velocity and launch into the real world.
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Watch the 2021 Demo Day Presentations

Connect to Our Teams

Digital Program Book

Please enjoy the digital version of our Demo Day book to learn even more about each team as well as connect with the founders via the contact links on each team page.

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Demo Day showcases our passionate and talented founders, featuring pitches of their innovative, world-changing companies solving the toughest problems across many industries. Following the presentations, attendees have the chance to visit each team’s Expo Booth to learn even more about our startups’ products and services.

Demo Day is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2022 in the afternoon (start time TBA). The event is planned to take place in person at MIT Kresge Auditorium as well as available online to a livestreamed audience.

Demo Day

MIT delta v culminates in Demo Day events, typically held at the beginning of the school year in early September at MIT. In past (non-pandemic) years, additional Demo Days have followed with presentations in New York City and San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Students will have the opportunity to pitch their startups to investors and members of the press to kick-start their ventures and reach escape velocity.

For 2022, MIT Demo Day is scheduled for Friday, September 9th in the afternoon (exact time TBA) at Kresge Auditorium, and will also be available online to a livestreamed audience. Additional 2022 Demo Days are still in the planning process at this time.

Confidentiality

While we will keep all information within MIT delta v judging and organizing teams, we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality of information.

Intellectual Property

MIT delta v focuses on entrepreneurship skills, so we do not anticipate any intellectual property will be created as a direct result of MIT delta v.

Furthermore, MIT does not consider use of office space, libraries, machine shop facilities, and consumer-grade computers as constituting a significant use of MIT resources.

If your company is built around intellectual property developed using significant MIT resources, you should consult MIT’s policies for more information. The MIT Technology Licensing Office controls MIT intellectual property and can help you with questions.

The relevant MIT policies are: