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“The VDC offers an excellent environment in which to build our company. Great facilities, support and community. The staff has also been phenomenal in their commitment to culture and understanding of the unique needs of a startup. They have a great track record with companies and we are inspired by all the innovative work our neighbors in the space are doing.”

Armon Sharei


SQZ and Roche announce $500M collaboration to fight cancer with novel cell engineering technology.

“SQZ Biotech hasn’t even moved out of its incubator space at the Venture Development Center. Yet the deal with Roche is one that would be transformative for most of the areas’ larger, publicly-traded biotech firms.”

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Game-Changing Companies

Meet the World's Smartest Tutor.


Infantium’s cognitive system transforms how people learn, helping schools, parents, and institutions to better manage and improve the unique human capabilities to learn.

Vets Who Make House Calls.

Vetted diagnoses and treats most pet illnesses in the comfort of your home, where you can take as much time as you need and ask as many questions as you have.


Live Large in a Small Footprint.

MorphLab aspires to support a new generation of dynamic and intelligent spaces that maximize the opportunities of extreme urbanization.

Harness Evolution to Accelerate Genome Engineering.

enEvolv builds and screens genomic designs in massive parallel – resulting in unprecedented efficiency in strain engineering.

Enabling the Next Generation of Cell Therapies.


SQZ Biotech harnesses the power of a patient’s own cells to combat disease more effectively across a broad range of indications.


Streamline Pharma Documentation.


doDOC makes documents secure, collaborative and audit-ready.

Create, Explore, and Engage Your Students.

HSTRY makes a digital learning tool to captivate students.

Extraordinary 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

Award-Winning Space

The sleek, industrial design by the women of Sasaki captures the energy of startup companies while offering the refinement and resources of a seasoned corporation.

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 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

Don’t send foreign entrepreneurs packing

By Jeffrey Bussgang (Flybridge Capital Partners) and William Brah (Venture Development Center). This appeared in the Boston Globe on APRIL 04, 2016. MANY HIGH-TECH entrepreneurs dread this time of year — the annual lottery for H-1B visas is about to get underway. More... read more

How Massachusetts Wins the War for Global Talent 

54% of the life science companies (including MIT spinout SQZ Biotech, pictured above), launched at the VDC were founded by foreign-born entrepreneurs that came to Massachusetts for graduate study and remained to launch a company. The Massachusetts Global... read more

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