The VDC opened in 2009 with one simple goal in mind: to make it easier for exceptional entrepreneurial teams with important ideas - no matter what university they attended - to take the strategic step from their university setting to a more commercial environment where they can obtain the data required to secure investment and launch their companies. Today, we are proud to be launching some of the best startup companies anywhere, and to be stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts.
Boston is ranked as the fourth best city in the world for your startup. With a reputation for churning out hugely successful companies and disruptive technologies, the Techstars program in Boston attracts top talent from several nearby elite higher education institutions. Known for producing some of the best funded classes across all of Techstars programs, Boston boasts an intense and active startup scene.
StepLadder was founded to help underserved seed/early stage start-ups reach their potential. Most start-ups fail not for lack of a good idea, but because of poor execution and/or planning. StepLadder provides a seasoned set of resources to help you avoid the pitfalls that doom most start-ups. We also provide an array of services - from advisory to operational to capital - to help you step up to the next level.
Healthbox launched its first accelerator program in January 2012, with the goal of helping entrepreneurs navigate the complex healthcare industry and grow sustainable businesses. Only two years later, the organization has become a driving force of lasting change for the healthcare industry, working with leading healthcare organizations that recognize the need for innovation to come from both inside and outside established institutions.
Launched in November 2011, the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) serves as a resource for students from across Harvard interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The programming offered by the i-lab is designed to help students grow their ventures at any stage of development and covers a wide range of disciplines.
Greentown Labs provides prototyping space, shared machine shop tools, office space and an event space. We leverage our facility, partners, and sponsors to provide our entrepreneurs access to the equipment, services, education, and network they need to launch their companies quickly.
Bolt is a seed-stage fund focusing on early-stage hardware startups. Our portfolio companies receive seed capital, access to our expert full-time engineering and design staff, 24x7 access to our cutting-edge prototyping facilities in Boston and San Francisco, deep support with manufacturing, and a suite of business mentorship designed to help startups fund and grow their business.