The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Business Innovation Fellows Program



Business Innovation Fellows act as a catalyst within IALS and the local community, facilitating the commercialization of research by collaborating with founders to de-risk and add value from “concept to commercialization” and “idea to Series A.”

  • Identify initial customers and applications
  • Define market and technological differentiators
  • Research competitors, partners, and investors
  • Develop financial models
  • Support engagement with resources beyond the campus
  • Pitch decks and business plans to attract team, advisors, partner, and investors

In fueling business research, analysis and planning for pre-startups and startup, Business Innovation Fellows are an essential part of IALS Venture Development programs.

Contact Karen Utgoff ( to discuss help from the Fellows or becoming a Fellow.

Our Campus Partner

Isenberg School of Management, On-Campus MBA Program