Mizzou VMS: Where Ideas Meet Insights



Entrepreneurs with great ideas and good planning


Mentors with proven skills and experience


A greater chance of success.


Entrepreneurs, We Want You to Join Us!

Are you an entrepreneur with an innovation who would like to benefit from the experiences and skills offered by our mentors?

Mizzou VMS is a confidential educational program and team consulting service exclusively for the Mizzou community. University of Missouri-affiliated entrepreneurs are eligible to become Mizzou VMS participants. Any up-and-coming ventures started by MU students, alumni, faculty, staff, licensees of the MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations, and clients of the Missouri Innovation Center and Small Business Development Centers are eligible to participate. The relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs are established on the needs and preferences of each participant and the interests and expertise of the available mentors. The mission of Mizzou VMS is to create an entrepreneurial culture that will help Missouri and the greater Columbia region retain its best and brightest entrepreneurial minds.

What Our Entrepreneurs Tell Us


Be part of an inspiring, supporting and engaging community of regional mentors and entrepreneurs.


By leveraging the combined assets of MU’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations, the Missouri Innovation Center and the Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Mizzou VMS participants will be fully empowered to succeed.


Mentors “give back” their hard-won know-how to entrepreneurs who, in turn, energize them with their drive to succeed. Entrepreneurs hear first-hand how great ideas become profitable ventures.

Connect with Us

Mizzou VMS, launched by the MU Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development, is based on the highly successful Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Venture Mentoring Service to build relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs within the Mizzou community. Connect with us for more information.

Visit Us

Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service
University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place
1601 S. Providence Rd.
Columbia, MO 65211
P: 573.882.3087