Innovation Services

Advance Your Idea from Concept to Commercialization

IALS Venture Development programs are here to help you!

Our programs support development of startups and industry partnerships by UMass researchers based upon their technologies and product concepts. We do this by providing:

  • Business research, analysis, and planning
  • Mentoring and expertise
  • Assistance in finding and accessing commercialization resources
  • Visibility for pre-startups and startups

Contact Karen Utgoff to discuss help for a startup effort or to explore mentoring and partnering opportunities.

Our Campus Partners

Learn from the Experts

Startup Know Hows

The seminar series and special events to allow researchers and founders to connect with a variety of resources, mentors, and experts from the campus and beyond.

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Meet with the Experts

Office Hours

We host office hours with legal, intellectual property and venture advisors–bringing founders the knowledge and support they need to move ventures forward.

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Join Our Community of UMass Startups


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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Additional Information & Resources

Startup Navigator

Find information and resources to help build a startup team, test product-market fit, build a prototype and secure funding.

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Fueling Startup Development

Business Innovation Fellows

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.”

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Applied Seed Funds

Manning/IALS Innovation Grants

UMass Amherst has created a new ‘Proof-of-Concept’ (POC) Seed Fund Program that will provide Innovation Grants of up to $100,000/award to advance translational and applied R&D efforts from faculty groups and/or startup companies.

Significant funding for this program comes from a gift to CNS from the Manning Family Foundation, and from the IALS Seed fund program. Additional contributions come from the College of Natural Sciences, the Berthiaume Center, the Isenberg School of Management, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

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Training, Expertise and State-of-the-Art Resources

UMass Amherst Centralized Core Facilities

Our state-of-the-art laboratories, instrumentation, equipment, and world-class experts are helping researchers drive discovery and pursue scientific endeavors on the front line of innovation in Life Sciences; Cellular, Molecular, and Animal Sciences; Manufacturing, Engineering, and Material Sciences; and Human Health.

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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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Help for Collaborations & 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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