Where talented startup teams with disruptive ideas transform their visions into reality

Ideas

We opened the VDC in 2009 to make it easier for talented startup teams (no matter what university they attended) with disruptive ideas to find the facilities, know-how and connections required to rapidly build a technology-driven product, get it into the market, and raise funding to successfully launch a company. A simple idea – everything you need to succeed in one place, with no strings attached – that’s worked:

Results

 

$84,958,000

Total investment

 

$6,070,357

Average investment

 

93%

Success rate

(Learn how these results compare.)

Everything you need to succeed

Unprecedented access to company building experience

Entrepreneurs-in-residence with vast experience in dozens of well known technology and life science companies are at your side, pushing you towards success.

Best-in-class, fully supported work environment

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 spaces.

State-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities

The furnished and permitted wet and dry laboratories are ready for immediate use. Plus you have access to supercomputers, sequencers and a vivarium.

Thriving community of peers

Teams from different universities and high tech fields have created a unique community achieving validation and investment on a much larger scale.

Talented interns

Our interns represent great value in marketing, sales, programming and laboratory support. We only recommend those we would have hired in our own startups.

Limited membership

We limit membership to about 25 companies, and only invite five new companies to join each year.

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

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

To be invited to launch at the VDC…