The Venture Incubation Program

What is the Venture Incubation Program (VIP)?
The Venture Incubation Program is a 12 week program designed to help students make progress on their entrepreneurial ventures.  We assist students by providing them with the necessary resources and support to help them reach their milestones. Examples of resources provided to help guide student teams toward success:

  • Co-working space
  • Private workshops
  • Industry roundtables
  • Mentorship
  • Private events

What is it like being a part of the VIP?
The VIP is not just a co-working space. It is a community where the diverse skills and backgrounds of the students, mentors, and staff are leveraged. We work hard to encourage collaboration and establish community, and the sharing of experiences amongst student teams.

How can I ensure I am taking advantage of everything the VIP has to offer?
The i-lab staff realizes that not one size fits all. We realize that different teams require different resources depending on their development stage. Most of our Directors and Assistant Directors offer VIP-Only office hours. They are here to help students set milestones, discuss the best way to utilize the resources, and establish a plan for the semester. We will help tailor their program to fit the needs of their venture. You can learn more about our staff here.

How is the VIP Mentor Program setup?
The Mentor Program is exclusively available to VIP teams. Students and mentors must commit to an entire semester of meeting and the point of contact must be the lead team member. Student teams will attend a Mentor Matching Event to ensure that each team is appropriately matched with an experienced serial entrepreneur. We encourage students to meet with their mentor at least once per month. The goal of this program is to make progress within their venture and develop deep, personal working relationships.

What is IDEO and how do they help the VIP?
IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO hosts a 3 workshop series with guided exercises for each team to explore a human centered approach to designing their products and services. Student teams are expected to attend these sessions and do any of the (minimal) work required in advance of the workshops.

Learn more about the IDEO Experience here

My venture is industry specific though. How can the VIP help?
We have many staff on hand that have industry specific experience that are at your service!

  • Matthew Guidarelli is the Assistant Director of Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship at the i-lab. An avid creator of start-up programs and initiatives, Matthew is passionate about cultivating, empowering and advising the next generation of leaders capable of driving social change.
  • Alice Ly is the Assistant Director for Health and Sciences (H&S) at the Harvard Innovation Lab. She works with students, postdocs and clinical fellows to develop and execute on ideas that bring Health and Sciences innovation and entrepreneurship to society.
  • Abby Fichtner is Hacker in Residence / Consultant at the i-lab. A software developer by trade, Abby's prior background is a mixture of developing bleeding-edge technology for startups and coaching teams on how to develop software better. 

How do I apply to the VIP?
Sign-up for our email newsletter here. You will be notified of all important application requirements and deadlines. You will also stay up to date on our general workshops and programming.