17 years of experience with the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program has taught us that companies with a first customer perform better than companies that launch, and then try to find a customer.
Customer interactions and field research can help adjust the shape of your idea so that it is better aligned to solve a problem in the real world.
Many technologies reach the point of "proven science" but need additional engineering before a product or service can be launched into the market.
December 12: call opens
January 12: 1-page proposals due
February 2: program launch
The Translational Innovation Alliance provides a pedagogically-sound framework for project development. The participating sponsors do not gain any IP claims beyond what they may have as members of other sponsorship arrangements (e.g., the Media Lab consortium, directed research programs, etc.).
If your project utilizes IP that is based on research at MIT you are advised to contact MIT’s Technology Licensing Office to check that it is available for future licensing, and to discuss whether it may be possible to license it from MIT in the future. Use the general TLO Mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org and subject heading: TLO Licensing question.