Summer Venture Participants. . .

  • Get: Ten weeks of intense training and support.

  • Tap: Subject matter experts, investors, and highly engaged and collaborative peers.

  • Funding: Need-Based Scholarships available.

  • Smile: Our teams get marketing exposure and public relations promotion.

  • Real Support: Our alumni consistently tell us that Western Massachusetts was the most welcoming environment they had ever worked in as entrepreneurs.

  • Authentic Relationship Building: You don't build a relationship overnight. The Summer Venture Program carefully creates deep connections with your peers and opportunities for you to meet potential advisers, partners, and investors multiple times so relationships can grow.

  • Inclusion: VVM & UMass support diversity and inclusion in our community and in all of our programs. We are proud that startups of all industries, and founders of all stripes, thrive in all of our programs.


Please be sure to read and understand the guidelines before applying, check out our FAQ Page and Key Program Dates.


What 2017 Accelerator Participants Said About The Program:

I made connections with amazing people who not only are my friends but are part of my network.
I learned about the value of vetting ideas and being able to get rid of the bad ones faster.
I would give up my summer again to help my business grow and take advantage of the amazing resources.
I am a different person. My understanding of business and entrepreneurship has grown so much.
Even though I took courses, this was reality - we used what we learned on a real business.


Email Dorota Glosowitz (VVM) or Carly Forcade (UMass)