The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Innovation Services

Are you a campus researcher aiming to move your technology or idea to the marketplace?

IALS Innovation Services can help you! We complement the work of campus researchers. Our programs support the transition of novel technologies, and product concepts from UMass innovators into startups and industry collaborations that can fully develop them into valuable products and services that contribute to human health and well-being.

  • To discuss industry collaboration and partnership opportunities, contact Karen Utgoff or Peter Reinhart
  • For pre-startup and startup development opportunities, Karen Utgoff to discuss.


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Venture Development

Helping new ventures go from “Idea to Series A” or bootstrap to financial sustainability.

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Help for Collaborations and Partnerships

Industry Engagement

IALS industry engagement programs facilitate development of industry collaborations IALS affiliated faculty labs and research themes that are of interest to companies seeking novel technologies and expertise to complement their strategic and R&D priorities.

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Affordable, Rentable Wet Lab Space


Research laboratory spaces for industry partners located in the Life Science Laboratories on the UMass Amherst Campus. Residents have access to technologies to aid in precision manufacturing, medical device prototyping and validation, product candidate characterization and evaluation.

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Join Our Community


We are proud of the community of pre-startups, startups, and inventors that we serve. Our portfolio spans a wide range of industries and technologies from Idea to Investor Ready.

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Add to Your Team

Business Innovation Fellows

One of our most important resources is the Business Innovation Fellows program, which matches students from the Isenberg School of Management from various fields to roll up their sleeves and work with founders on business deliverables that meet milestones and de-risk new ventures.

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Learn from the Experts

Events and Office Hours

We host regular office hours in LSL S485 to make it easier for researchers and founders to connect with a variety of resources, mentors, and experts from the campus and beyond. Information sessions and the Startup Know-How series bring founders the knowledge they need to move ventures forward.

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It Takes an Ecosystem

Startup Navigator

Helping founders to navigate, especially for first-time pre-startup and startup teams, how to successfully go from concept through to commercialization.

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