For Startups

Our comprehensive offerings are attuned to founders’ specialized needs for access to a critical combination of resources and services.


The Engine headquarters in Central Square offers:

  • Co-working or private office space in a professionally managed facility
  • Maker and laboratory facilities
  • Computers, software and cloud services, and data sets
  • Common rooms and meeting and event spaces

In addition, we’re committed to developing hundreds of thousands of square feet of space in surrounding areas, and envision new nodes of innovation clusters connected across the region.


The Engine connects you with mentors from business and academia, scientific advisors, and a network of experienced founders and regional partners who have specialized expertise in such areas as:

  • Product development
  • Team building and HR
  • Communications and marketing
  • Internal operations (legal, accounting, insurance)
  • Capital raising and grant writing


We offer opportunities for you to grow your business while connecting with like-minded innovators through:

  • Speaker series featuring business and technology leaders

  • The Engine community programming for current and alumni companies
  • Cambridge community outreach opportunities
  • Demo days

Engine Room

The Engine Room, our online shared resource marketplace, provides easy access to specialized equipment, space, services, and expertise at MIT and at participating companies and institutions in the Kendall Square area and surrounding region.

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The Engine Accelerator Fund

The Engine targets investments in (though not exclusively) hard-technology sectors such as biotech, medical devices, manufacturing, clean energy, robotics, the Internet of Things, and software that take significant time and resources to develop. We’re interested in companies at the translational stage, between science and startup, and companies that plan to add to the regional economy by staying local.

The Engine generally invests in early-stage startups, but our goal is to support transformative ideas and to structure our investments to allow founders to maintain control over their companies. If you have already accepted seed or other funding, you can still apply to The Engine. Investment levels will depend on the sector and venture, and while we only commit to an initial investment, we might be interested in leading or participating in subsequent funding rounds.

Applying for The Engine program

We don’t have cohorts or classes, so if you think your startup is a good fit for The Engine program, we’re interested in hearing from you.

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We support startups with transformative ideas regardless of the founders’ nationality, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. to participate in the program. Companies do not need to be affiliated with MIT to apply.

The first companies selected will begin The Engine program in the spring and summer of 2017.

Depending on the sector and the specifics of the venture, initial time in the program will range from a few months to more than a year. If we think The Engine can help you meet additional goals and milestones, there may be an opportunity to remain in the program longer.