The MIT Enterprise Forum is just one of a number of organizations at MIT devoted to entrepreneurship and the growth of new business ventures.
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
team provides content, context, and contacts that enable entrepreneurs to design and launch successful new ventures based on innovative technologies. They help MIT students, alumni, and colleagues access an array of educational programs, networking opportunities, technologies, and resources, both at MIT and around the world. Members of the MIT E-Center community form a global network to actively advise and assist each other for mutual benefit, enabling them to set and meet their highest expectations.
Established in 2011 and located at D-Lab, MIT's fast-growing and highly regarded technology and international development program, D-Lab Scale-Ups was created to identify and support technology ventures with potential for wide scale poverty alleviation. The program features an active accelerator for MIT-affiliated social enterprises in the developing world, as well as a program working with corporations to identify technology development and dissemination projects with social and economic value for "Base of the Pyramid" markets.
Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
The Deshpande Center
was established at the MIT School of Engineering in 2002 to increase the impact of MIT technologies in the marketplace, and has funded more than 100 projects with over $12M in grants. Twenty-seven projects have spun out of the center into commercial ventures, having collectively raised over $400M in outside financing. The Deshpande Center supports a wide range of emerging technologies including biotechnology, biomedical devices, information technology, new materials, tiny tech, and energy innovations.
MIT Venture Mentoring Service
The MIT Venturing Mentoring Service
(VMS) supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community by matching prospective entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. VMS uses a team mentoring approach with groups of 3 to 4 mentors sitting with a fledgling entrepreneur(s) in sessions that provide practical, day-to-day professional advice and coaching. VMS mentors are selected for their experience in areas relevant to the needs of new entrepreneurs and for their enthusiasm for the program. VMS assistance is given across a broad range of business activity, including product development, marketing, intellectual property law, finance, human resources, and founders issues. VMS services are offered without charge to MIT students, alumni, faculty and staff in the Boston area.
MIT Legatum Center for Developmental Entrepreneurship
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
was founded on the belief that economic progress and good governance in low-income countries emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. The Center administers programs and convenes events that promote and shape discourse on bottom-up development and runs a highly competitive fellowship program for MIT graduate students who intend to launch enterprises in low-income countries. In addition, the Center convenes an annual conference, hosts lectures, and supports teams of enterprising men and women at MIT who are passionate about starting viable businesses in the developing world.
Dedicated to honoring the acclaimed and unsung heroes who improve lives through invention, the Lemelson-MIT Program
encourages tomorrow's inventors through outreach programs. The cornerstone of the program is the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the world's largest single cash prize for invention.
MIT Technology Licensing Office
The Technology Licensing Office
(TLO) manages the patenting, licensing, trademarking and copyrighting of intellectual property developed at MIT, Lincoln Laboratory and the Whitehead Institute and serves as an educational resource on intellectual property and licensing matters for the MIT community.
Industrial Liaison Program
The Office of Corporate Relations' Industrial Liaison Program
(ILP) promotes MIT/Industry collaboration, encouraging the flow of knowledge and resources between the Institute and innovation-driven companies for their mutual benefit. The exchange of ideas and capabilities resulting from ILP-facilitated interactions often speed the incorporation of new technologies into products and services - helping MIT research make its way to the marketplace and out to the global community.