MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry, principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). MIT Startup Exchange and the ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.

“MIT-connected” startups are based on licensed MIT technology, or are founded by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni. Currently, over 1,700+ startups are registered with MIT Startup Exchange and monthly additions are helping to shape and define an innovative and entrepreneurial community.

The industry side of the exchange is represented primarily by 260+ ILP member companies. Meetings between MIT Startup Exchange startups and industry are facilitated by program directors at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program. Each program director manages a portfolio of ILP member companies, and their primary role is to match company research interests with relevant MIT faculty and researchers. Increasingly, on-campus agendas include MIT Startup Exchange startups, based on their potential to rapidly explore and assess new technologies.