The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Venture Development

IALS venture development programs are designed to help founders of pre-startup and startup ventures go from “Idea to Series A” or bootstrap to financial sustainability. Our team works with high-potential UMass pre-startups and startups, most often originating in research and inventions flowing from campus research. Student founders and inventors are welcome and encouraged to work with us as liaisons to the technical team.

Contact Karen Utgoff,, to discuss help for your pre-startup or startup.

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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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Startups and Technologies


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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Events and Office Hours

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

Our Network and Resources

IALS Innovation nurtures collaborations within and beyond the campus to maximize the resources, connections, and value we can bring to everyone with whom we work.

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Institute for Applied Life Sciences

N510 Life Science Laboratories
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9364 | 413-545-1710

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center