A launchpad for transformational

Powered by the Innovation Initiative (MITii), Proto Ventures is a new way to generate impactful companies that address the worlds greatest challenges.

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MIT’s mission is to bring knowledge to bear on “the world’s great challenges.” The Proto Ventures Program will create new technology paradigms in pursuit of that mission.

The Proto Ventures Program seeks to create new markets and transformative technology that will have a profound impact on society.


A Venture Builder is a person within the MIT community whose sole job is to uncover ideas that could give rise to transformative technology ventures and then lead the iterative experimentation and venture development processes. Different aspects of the Venture Builder role are comparable to an MIT post-doc, a startup founder, and an associate at a venture capital firm