Incubators, Accelerators, Mentors, and other Life Science resources

THE RESOURCES LIST

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We hope that you will find this list of non-profit and for-profit resources available to life sciences entrepreneurs useful as you start your new venture. The original list was compiled by the Mass Life Sciences Center and we thank them for their permission to use their content. We have supplemented the original list with additional resources, but we know that there are probably a lot more programs that we are not aware of. If you know of additional resources that should be on this list please send that information to jgoldberg@umassp.edu.

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center 

  • The MTTC provides proof of concept funding to inventors
  • Supporting early stage companies by providing founders with “coaching and connecting services
  • Showcase events to present ideas and meet local company supporters
  • http://www.mttc.org/

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

  • An investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, education, research & development, and commercialization.
  • Offers the nation’s most comprehensive set of incentives and collaborative programs targeted to the life sciences ecosystem
  • Provides interns to all sizes of companies to support company growth
  •  http://www.masslifesciences.com/

ACCELERATORS

MassChallenge

  • MassChallenge has accelerated 850+ start-ups in the Boston area
  •  40+ Partners
  • Over 800 experts and mentors to help guide your company in the right direction
  • An investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, education, research & development, and commercialization.
  • Offers the nation’s most comprehensive set of incentives and collaborative programs targeted to the life sciences ecosystem
  • Provides interns to all sizes of companies to support company growth
  • http://boston.masschallenge.org

PULSE@MassChallenge

  • PULSE is the official accelerator for the Commonwealth’s Digital Health initiative and is backed by Vertex, Pfizer, Sunovion, and many others
  • PULSE matches startups and strategic partners together to collaborate on healthcare’s biggest challenges
  • Free office space and over $250,000 in award
  • http://masschallenge.org/pulses

TechStars – Boston

InTeahouse – InSeven

  • InTeahouse’s InSeven program provides selected applicants with $70,000 to start-up along with a year of collaborative work space and access to an international network of advisors, mentors, investors, and customers.
  • Access to all networking events and office space around the world including China and New York.
  • Located in Cambridge, MA on Mass Ave.
  • https://inteahouse.com/inseven/

MENTORING PROGRAMS

MassCONNECT

  • MassBio’s MassCONNECT program is an entrepreneur mentorship program that dives deep into the field of Life Sciences.
  • The MassCONNECT process involves a two-month mentorship where industry experts guide entrepreneurs as they seek to develop business plans, launch companies, and raise capital.
  • MassCONNECT mentors evaluate and provide feedback on commercial feasibility; identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and team up to furnish industry-specific business advice for innovative ideas in therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and health IT.
  • http://www.massbio.org/discover/massconnect

North Shore InnoVenture 

  • North Shore InnoVentures Mentorship Program is included in the Incubation program
  • Customized mentoring, development of your business advisor network, and movement towards a fiduciary Board of Directors
  • http://nsiv.org/programming/

Valley Venture Mentors

  • Will fund up to $50K grants for winning startups
  • VVM is building, supporting, and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance.
  • “By nurturing startups, we impact the employees they hire, the customers they serve, and the neighborhoods they revitalize. And it’s working.”
  • http://www.valleyventurementors.org/

The MIT Venture Mentoring Service

  • If your start-up has any connection to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you are eligible to join the MIT VMS program.
  • VMS services are offered without charge to MIT students, alumni, faculty and staff in the Boston area.
  • VMS is also a FREE service.
  •  http://vms.mit.edu/

INCUBATORS

ABI-LAB

  • ABI-LAB Accelerator and Bioincubator Lab in Natick, MA supports startup companies through availability of affordable lab space and innovative pre-clinical services.
  • The 8500 sq ft will include CLIA/CAP Diagnostics Lab, Cell-Culture, Protein Purification and Protein Analysis through flexible lab space.
  • Business networking to over 100 companies, based on 18 years of pre-clinical Contract Research Organization activity in MA.
  • http://www.abi-lab.com/

Arsenal Lab Space

  • Conveniently Located off desirable Arsenal Street in Watertown, (Next Door to Cambridge and only 2 miles to Harvard Square and 4.5 to miles Kendall Square)
  • Private Lab Suites with Customizable Equipment Choices
  • Ability to Lease additional Equipment from Cambridge Scientific
  • http://www.arsenallabspace.com/

BioSquare

  • Located in Boston’s South End on Albany Street
  • Site contains over 700,000 gross square feet of accessible space
  • Tenants enjoy unparalleled access to biomedical and operational core services, allowing the utilization of special services without incurring a considerable expense
  • http://www.bu.edu/biosquare/

Cambridge BioLabs

  • Located within Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Established with the intention of providing start-up biotechnology companies and venture capitalists with an appropriate lab space
  • Facility features wet-bench laboratory space for molecular, cellular, and microbiologies
  • https://www.biolabs.io/

Cambridge Innovation Center

  • Located in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Since 2001 its clients have earned over $7.1 b in venture capital
  • Clients include growing technology and life sciences companies, professional service firms, and venture capitalists
  • https://cic.us/

Cape Ann Business Incubator

  • Located in Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Created to help stimulate Cape Ann’s economy by providing a centralized source of expertise and resources for the growing number of small start-up businesses
  • Provides tenants with access to resource centers, seminars and presentations, and individually assigned mentors/coaches
  • http://capeannbusiness.com

CreaGen Life Science Incubator

  • Located in Woburn, Massachusetts, less than 10 miles/10 minutes from Cambridge/Boston.
  • Entrepreneurs are provided with a collaborative environment; support from senior level scientists, consultants, business executives, and introductions to investors and other critical resources
  • https://www.creagenincubator.com/

Enterprise Center

  • Located within Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Houses a variety of companies from startups to fully established businesses
  • Plays host to several large programming events, including the 128 North Venture Breakfast Series, the annual Million Dollar Women’s Symposium, and the annual North of Boston Business Plan Competition
  • https://www.salemstate.edu/enterprise

Forsyth Entrepreneurial Science Center

  • The mission of The Forsyth Entrepreneurial Science Center (FESC), co-located within the nonprofit research institute, is to foster innovative biomedical research and to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies.
  • The FESC provides lab and office space to entrepreneurs, as well as support for grant pursuit, outside corporate sponsorship and access to Forsyth’s “Entrepreneurs in Residence.”
  • Preference is given to tenants that align with Forsyth’s scientific domain, which includes the $100 billion dollar oral health market and synergistic research related to global health with a focus on the microbiome, immunology and infectious disease.
  • https://forsyth.org/entrepreneurial-science-center

LabCentral

  • A 28,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Kendall Square, Cambridge
  • LabCentral provides first-class facility and administrative support, and skilled laboratory personnel
  • Offers fully permitted laboratory and office space for as many as 25 startups comprising approximately 100 scientists and entrepreneurs
  • http://www.labcentral.org/

Launch

  • Located in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Combines the support and synergy of a co-working environment with the convenience of a major business campus
  • Offers a variety of month-to-month plans and prices
  • http://cummingsexecutivesuites.com/

Mansfield Bio-Incubator

  • Located in Mansfield, MA with easy access to Routes 95 and 495 and a shuttle service to Commuter Rail.
  • Labs (biology, chemistry, other) Biology, chemistry BSL-2, flex space
  • Other services: mentoring, access to $$, lawyers, consultants, access to CRO services externally
  • https://www.bioinc.org/

Mass Innovation Labs

  • Located in the heart of Kendall Square.
  • 124,000 square foot first-class chemistry and biology space
  • Animal facilities & co-located CRO services 
  • http://www.massinnovationlabs.com/

Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

  • Located in four facilities in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Founded in 1985, MBI provides business assistance and access to vivarium facilities and CORE equipment at local institutions.
  • Private, secured biology and chemistry laboratories for growing life and health science companies.
  • Other services: mentoring, access to $$, lawyers, consultants, access to CRO services internally/externally, coaching of all kind, etc.
  • All inclusive, gross rent that includes all utilities, shared equipment access, parking, health and safety services, and business support.
  • http://www.massbiomed.org/

Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2)

  • Located in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Leverages the engineering, business and clinical strengths of the UMass campuses in Lowell and Worcester to provide fee-based services in the areas of business planning, product prototype development and clinical pathway assistance
  • Space includes 6 laboratory suites including two fully equipped office suites
  • https://www.uml.edu/Research/M2D2/

 

MD Informatics Lab

  • Located within the University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Provides a community for digital health startups
  • Has played host to companies such as Momedx, Pillbx, and NervCell
  • http://mdidealab.com/

NGIN Workplace

  • NGIN is the newest premier destination for startup and entrepreneurs centrally located in Cambridge, MA.
  • Intelligently designed ultra modern office space with 15,000 square feet of private offices, personal desks, meeting rooms, event spaces, and unique bistro cafe.
  • With our Plug & Play Model, NGIN’s entrepreneurs & startups just need a laptop and a creative mind to get started.
  • http://nginworkplace.com/

North Shore Innoventures Center

  • Located in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • NSIV is a non-profit funded in large part by state and federal grants as well as corporate sponsors
  • NSIV has a strong focus on cleantech and the life sciences
  • http://nsiv.org/

Quick Start Accelerator at MedChem

  • Located in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Allows for quick project approval turn –around time and flexible work plans
  • Willing to take on a wide variety of projects , including high-risk ones
  • http://medchempartners.com/

Quincy Center for Innovation

  • Located in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Offers an ideal environment for co-working and collaboration, supporting start-ups and early phase companies
  • Was formed as a strategic partnership between the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincy 2000 Collaborative, eastern Nazarene College, South Shore Innovation Center and the City of Quincy
  • http://quincyinno.com/

Springfield Business Growth Center

  • Located in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Provides comprehensive support services and a professional office environment for new businesses initiatives
  • 40% of business startups are still in business after 6 years- the Springfield Business Incubator’s success rate is 90%
  • https://www.stcc.edu/sbi

TechSandBox

  • Located in Hopkinton right off i495 near I90
  • Turnkey support for all sectors of science and technology companies, the 8700-square-foot facility includes large conference facility, board room, co working space, cafeteria and maker space; it includes WiFi and use of address for Resident Entrepreneurs. General Members have access to programs and support.
  • Depth of support: advisors, mentors, and programs (workshops, networking, birds of a feather) several times a week
  • A non-profit started by a tech-sector exec. No equity or cohort limits.
  • http://techsandbox.org/

Trade Executive Suites

  • Located in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Fully-renovated, 10,000-square-foot facility includes a plush reception area, fully-furnished executive finishes, central lounge, business center, and multiple conference room options
  • Suites are fully wired for state-of-the-art communications and Internet connectivity, including WiFi
  • http://cummingsexecutivesuites.com/

Tufts Biotechnology Transfer Center

  • Located in the research quad of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University campus in North Grafton, Massachusetts
  • Facility offers small laboratory and office suites to start-up life sciences companies
  • Tenants also enjoy access to the clinical and research faculty, as well as other academic and recreational amenities and services of the campus.
  • http://vet.tufts.edu/

UMASS Boston Venture Development Center

  • Located in Boston, Massachusetts, approximately 8 minutes from South Station via the Red Line
  • 18,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art wet and dry lab facility, ready to move in
  • Startups have an 86% success rate, averaging $3,201,600 in investment
  • https://www.umb.edu/vdc

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Provides lab, office, and bench space, equipment, instrumentation and mentorship for life science startups.
  • Provides equipment, instrument and engineering expertise for start-up companies to develop their products.
  • Provides education and workforce development for biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries
  • http://www.umassd.edu/innovate/

 

OTHER RESOURCES

The Capital Network

  • A fundraising education company made for startups and entrepreneurs, by investors.
  • The Capital Network events cover all aspects of fundraising: finding investors, pitching, due diligence, term sheets, exits and more.
  • 45 + fundraising events per year
  • 50 + partners, sponsors, and mentors
  • http://thecapitalnetwork.org/

 

The New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA)

  • NEVCA works to build relationships among founders and investors
  • Connects top students with startups
  •  NEVCA advocates for innovation-friendly public policy
  • NEVCA has 700+ VC professionals from over 80 firms
  • Frequent events that connect investors with entrepreneurs
  • http://www.newenglandvc.org/

MassBio

  • MassBio is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 that represents and provides services and support for the world’s leading life sciences supercluster.
  • Representing 975+ biotechnology companies, academic institutions, disease foundations and other organizations involved in life sciences and healthcare, MassBio leverages its unparalleled network of innovative companies and industry thought leaders to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs, events, industry information, and services
  • https://www.massbio.org/

 

MassMEDIC

  • The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) is an organization of medical device manufacturers, suppliers and associated non-profit groups in Massachusetts and the surrounding region.
  • Since its earliest days, MassMEDIC has advocated industry positions at the state and federal levels to promote policies developed by our members that reflect the unique interests of the state’s medical device sector.
  • As an organization strongly committed to supporting early stage medical device companies, MassMEDIC offers a variety of resources, including business plan development, supplier and investor introductions, networking opportunities, programs and events.
  • https://www.massmedic.com/

 

 

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