Exceptional Results

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“The VDC has been pretty much a perfect environment while we designed and executed the key studies that really made the financing compelling for investors.”

Tim Harris

Co-Founder, Valerion

World-Changing Companies

In 2014, the winners of HealthXL, MassChallenge, Startup Health, Harvard College Innovation Challenge, Boston University’s New Venture Competition and the UMass Innovation Challenge chose to launch their companies at the VDC. So did the leading bioengineers in the world – James Collins, Robert Langer, George Church and Farren Isaacs.

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Our Mentors

Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are all respected and successful serial entrepreneurs who have founded and operated dozens of well-known technology and life science companies.

Jim Counihan

Jim Counihan

Michael Gaiss

Michael Gaiss

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

How It Works


Choose Your Space

Pick the workspace and equipment you need to build your product.  Choose from wet or dry labs, offices and desks. Use specialized equipment in our core facilities.

Meet Your Mentor

Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence have vast experience in dozens of well known technology and life science companies.  They will work with you to set business milestones and they will hold you accountable to make sure you meet them.

Engage with the Community

Learn from our unique community of experienced entrepreneurs.  These are teams from different universities and high tech fields are achieving validation and investment on a much larger scale.

Raise the Capital You Need

Once you have reached a fundable milestone, our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence will get you in front of the right investors. They’ll help you develop a target list of investors and a fundraising campaign.


Micah Rosenbloom’s Sample6 achieved a Series A financing nine months after joining, then expanded into a place of its own in Boston.

Are You Ready?


If you want to create the next world-changing company, let’s talk. Fill out this form and we’ll get in touch—coffee’s on us.


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From the VDC Blog

MIT researchers launch world-changing idea at the VDC

The Venture Development Center (VDC) at UMass Boston welcomes SQZ Biotech (SQZ), a company founded by MIT colleagues Robert Langer, Klavs Jensen, Armon Sharei and Agustin Lopez Marquez. SQZ contacted the VDC in July 2014 as they were ready to expand their internal... read more

VDC Mentor Spotlight: John Hamilton

“Paint them a picture of nirvana; of how beautiful it is going to be and how their problems will be solved.”  – John Hamilton Recently, I got the opportunity to sit down with accomplished sales executive and Venture Development Center (VDC) Entrepreneur in... read more

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