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.
Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
VMS is open to all members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff and alumni) who have ideas and want to start new businesses. MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service has attracted a dynamic group of volunteer mentors who give their time so that others may succeed.
MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund
MIT Sandbox provides seed funding for student-initiated entrepreneurship ideas, mentoring from within MIT and from a broad network of committed partners, and tailored educational experiences.
MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges.
The Deshpande Center empowers some of MIT’s most talented researchers to make a difference in the world by developing innovative technologies in the lab and bringing them to the marketplace in the form of breakthrough products and new companies. In turn, those innovations can help solve large and daunting problems in health, information technology, energy and other fields.
Design and build prototypes, learn new skills, explore madcap ideas, and get advice and encouragement — the Edgerton Center is the place where mind and hand come together.
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT is a community for MIT students, faculty and departments who are passionate about improving lives through principled entrepreneurial leadership in the developing world. We are committed to providing education, funding and community resources that will equip our students with the skills, values and critical thinking they need to succeed as entrepreneurial change agents in the world.
MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Connecting the MIT community to unique opportunities in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the Greater Bay Area.
MIT Innovation Initiative
The MIT Innovation Initiative collaborates with all five schools at MIT to strengthen the vibrant culture and programming of innovation and principled entrepreneurship. Our mission is to connect the varied pathways and networks in this domain to equip the MIT community and its partners to move powerful ideas from conception to impact.
MIT Media Lab
The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas.
The PKG Center helps you to connect with a wide variety of public service projects in local, national, and global communities. They also provide guidance—and often funding—for your project. Their mission is to get you out there, working side-by-side with like-minded collaborators to help build—in large ways and small—more humane communities. You contribute your skills and your knowledge, your energy and your spirit, your creativity and your ingenuity to improve the way the world works, one project at a time.
We are bringing rich technical talent and experience to bear on the persistent and emerging challenges of the developing world. We seek to push the boundaries of what is possible and find new ways of using sophisticated science and technology to bring the benefits of modernity to resource-constrained communities. Our strategy is to have a large and sustained impact by translating our ideas and discoveries into affordable products and services, scientifically-informed policy tools, and entrepreneurial ventures. We work closely with on-the-ground collaborators and with community members to design appropriate, practical solutions.
Technology Licensing Office (TLO)
The TLO moves innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact. The TLO cultivates an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridge connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups, by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.
BU Law Clinic
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University School of Law have established two free clinics to offer student innovators and entrepreneurs legal guidance. Through this unique collaboration, student entrepreneurs are connected with student advocates from BU Law to address legal issues associated with their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities and efforts to turn ideas into businesses. All students currently enrolled in any school or department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through the clinics, which offer short or long-term representation of student clients.
The Entrepreneurship Internship is a 10-week paid summer internship program connecting MIT undergraduate students with startups founded by MIT delta v alumni.
MIT fuse is a 3-week hands-on startup experience designed for students and small teams looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur and start the path towards becoming a company.
MTC Sector Practice Leaders
Sector Practice Leaders (SPL) help to address the unique challenges different industries present to entrepreneurs. Our SPL program focuses on five different industries. Student leaders for each sector were selected through a competitive process to develop plans and implement comprehensive, integrated, and cutting-edge programs such as advanced classes, active student clubs, annual conferences, business plan contests, hackathons, regular social events, guest speakers, and more.
StartMIT is a 2.5 week program over January’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) that aims to give any student who is curious about entrepreneurship, an introduction to the skillset and spirit it requires, and exposure to the amazing resources available at MIT to continue the journey after the class.
MIT is known worldwide for innovation and entrepreneurship. t=0 is a festive week that brings together student clubs, departments, and startups to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship in multiple sectors. In true MIT parlance, students recognize that t=0 means “the time is now,” a way of showing there is no better time than the present to get involved with the myriad organizations and activities devoted to entrepreneurship across campus.
MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW)
MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) is more than just a conference; it has become the premier global training and networking event for entrepreneurs. Since 1998, MIT GSW has hosted its conference in a different location each year, organizing 16 international workshops, spanning 6 continents, and attracting participants from over 70 nations to date.
MIT Startup Exchange
MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).
MITdesignX is an academic program in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) dedicated to design innovation and entrepreneurship. We empower students, faculty and researchers to build new business ventures and forward-thinking solutions designed to address critical challenges facing the future of cities and the human environment.
MIT Enterprise Forum
The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) is a global organization of dedicated professionals with local chapters, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through MIT Technology Review. We are open to all participants of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.