Venture Builder

Venture Builder

The MIT Innovation Initiative is looking for a Venture Builder to operate within MIT and lead a team through all phases of new venture discovery, conception, and launch. The position is not part of a business plan competition. Rather, the Venture Builder will originate ideas at MIT.



  • Work within the MIT ecosystem to formulate and explore new venture concepts based on breakthrough research and technology insights
  • Facilitate a broad engagement across MIT, including students, post-docs and faculty
  • Work closely with the Proto-Venture Advisory Board to lead discovery and exploration direction, potentially serving as a director of a founding scientific team, and potentially providing support for business development and other similar strategic functions
  • Represent MIT Proto-Ventures Program at external events
  • Explore intellectual property landscape and define opportunity for developing and capturing novel and broad intellectual property protection
  • Define key scientific experiments and establish new venture plans and budgets
  • Engage internal and external scientific and research experts


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Recent PhD in a scientific discipline
  • Experience in Health Care, Artificial Intelligence, or in related disciplines
  • Experience in translation of technology, leading research teams or building ventures based on research
  • Previous experience in Health Care and/or Artificial Intelligence.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Scientifically creative thinker with a visionary, optimistic outlook
  • Demonstrated business acumen with a keen sense for value based on a broad understanding of all aspects of business e.g. intellectual property, R&D, finance, manufacturing, marketing and sales
  • Strategic planning and building skills with sound scientific skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus; Adaptable, resourceful and entrepreneurial, undaunted by technical and operational challenges
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to craft and convey compelling vision of the future
  • Strong leader and team builder, with the ability to develop and encourage a group of scientific professionals and executives, and to build a culture of innovation, perseverance, and agility
  • Maintain high level of trust and integrity under strict confidentiality; Entrepreneurial resourcefulness/business acumen; Leadership and team building skills
  • Communication skills


Successful Candidate will be expected to: 

  • Identify research opportunities across MIT
  • Guide a venture to successful exit from MIT
  • Engage faculty, post-docs and students
  • Assemble a team and spur and lead ideation
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