MassVX

Curated talent matches for academic innovators and startups.

Beyond Mentoring: Science + Business

If you're an academic founder ready to spin out your research, or a startup in our portfolio seeking business guidance, MassVX can help. The statewide program curates talent matches between academic innovators and business development experts to expedite the translation of research to the market. It fills a gap for most academic innovators who have not yet developed a vetted business network.

We draw from our deep network of business development experts--or entrepreneurial champions, as we like to call them-- to match academic founders with the entrepreneurial champion best suited to address their unique needs or challenges. Our network of vetted entrepreneurial champions includes CEOs, chairpersons, venture capital advisory board members, and other professionals.

Apply for MassVX

You are eligible if you are an academic founder who is:

  • ready to expedite your spinout with a MassVX Entrepreneurial Champion;
  • has secured or applied for a patent, and;
  • has secured proof-of-concept funding.

Apply here: MassVX Application, and we'll make the match and the introductions.

For more information, contact Priya Yadav at PYadav@mass-ventures.com

Case Study: Sol Clarity Matched with Advisor for Technology Commercialization

MassVX was instrumental in helping the founding team at Sol Clarity acquire an experienced business leader to strengthen their efforts to grow the company.  Spun out from Boston University in 2020, Sol Clarity has developed an automated self-cleaning product that instantly removes dust from solar collectors without the use of labor or water.

The business leader, Marty Dugan, has more than 30 years of experience in bringing new technologies to market in a variety of industries. Marty joined Sol Clarity as a business advisor in 2021. He has experience with commercializing hardware products for technical B2B markets globally and is also an alum of Boston University’s College of Engineering and Questrom School of Business. His focus is providing guidance on both business development and product commercialization strategies. Ryan Eriksen, founder and CEO of Sol Clarity noted, "It was a fortuitous match. We likely would never have met without MassVX.”

Ryan Eriksen, pictured left, with co-founder Annie Rabi Bernard, after her successful thesis defense in May 2020.

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