We opened the VDC in 2009 with a vision to make it easier for talented tech startup teams (no matter what university they attended) with disruptive ideas to find the facilities, know-how and connections required to rapidly build a product, get it into the market, and raise funding to successfully launch the company. A simple idea – deliver everything needed to succeed in one place, with no strings attached – that’s making a big difference.
Our companies say it best
“The VDC has been pretty much a perfect environment while we designed and executed the key studies that really made the financing compelling for investors.”
Tim Harris, Co-Founder, Valerion
Everything you need to succeed
Entrepreneurs-in-residence with vast experience in dozens of well known technology and life science companies are at your side, pushing you towards success.
The award-winning workspace meets your practical needs and instinctive desires like no other, from casual, cafe-style interactions, to heads-down work in personalized, private offices and labs spaces.
The furnished and permitted wet and dry laboratories are ready for immediate use. Plus you have access to supercomputers, sequencers and a vivarium.
Teams from different universities and high tech fields have created a unique community achieving validation and investment on a much larger scale.
Our interns represent great value in marketing, sales, programming and laboratory support. We only recommend those we would have hired in our own startups.
We limit membership to about 25 companies, and only invite five new companies to join each year.
At the Venture Development Center, you’ll enjoy unmatched value through our complete package, affordable pricing and month to month terms.
No strings attached
Best of all, you do not have to give up equity to become a member, as you must do at investor-driven accelerators.
How it works
- Pick the workspace/equipment you need – desk, office, lab
- Meet weekly with your mentor to achieve milestones
- Get intros to investors when you are fundable
- Launch your business