Organizations

MIT's entrepreneurial community offers various stages of support and multiple ways to engage.

MIT 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 90 faculty research projects, and 26 spinout companies have been formed from these projects. Learn more...

MIT Enterprise Forum

This external-facing organization, founded in 1978, provides a valuable network and resources to connect entrepreneurs to the outside world. The Enterprise Forum has 27 worldwide chapters including a very active Cambridge chapter and runs programs that integrate MIT alumni and the community. Learn more...

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. Learn more...

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. Learn more...

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. Learn more...

MIT 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. Learn more...

MIT 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. Learn more...

MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO)

The MIT TLO executes its mission of fostering commercial investment in the development of inventions and discoveries by assisting MIT inventors in protecting their technologies, and in licensing those technologies to existing companies and startups. In the past 10 years alone, it has licensed technology that has created 210 new companies. The office currently averages 80-100 agreements and 500 disclosures per year. Learn more...

MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)

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. Learn more...