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Innovation

MIT people are eager to know how things work — and inspired to make them work better. Our “mind and hand” philosophy spurs real-world engagement, and thanks to MIT’s entrepreneurial culture, Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem brims with companies spun out from MIT. We also embrace collaborations with industry and government, as we seek compelling problems where MIT innovation can make an impact.

MIT’s student and faculty entrepreneurs can tap a remarkable suite of programs — from the MIT Innovation Initiative to the $100K Entrepreneurship Competition ­­— as they learn to drive their ideas to market. From two-person faculty start-ups to global corporations, businesses and nonprofits of every size can find satisfying ways to work with MIT. A range of professional groups stand ready to help, from our Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship to the distinctive Industrial Liaison Program.

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Impact

Innovations from MIT often address the problems humanity most needs to solve, including sustainable energy, urban resiliency, fresh water, food for all, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and infectious disease. By helping MIT inventors connect with mentors, collaborators, networks, and funding, we help them translate new science into transformative innovation. MIT entrepreneurs make a sizable global impact: The active companies formed by living MIT alumni produce estimated annual revenues on par with the gross domestic product of the 10th-largest economy in the world

From clean water technology to medical research, MIT innovations have global impact.

Ecosystem

MIT is at the center of one of the most vibrant hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship on Earth. To make our community the world’s most stimulating and supportive academic environment for innovation, we offer classes, mentorship, guidance, and resources tailored for student, faculty, postdoc, and alumni entrepreneurs. We also cultivate the strength of our regional innovation ecosystem, in part through an ambitious, decade-long redevelopment initiative in Kendall Square.