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Our Mission

Our mission at The Engine is to make a more optimistic future possible, faster by making it easier for Tough Tech to change the world.

We are working to create a positive impact on society and the environment, focusing on Tough Tech to address the planet’s most challenging problems. We believe a healthier population, a more accessible and adaptive society, and a more resilient world are all possible through science, engineering, and leadership. Our role at The Engine is to help bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization for the most promising teams and breakthrough inventions– so they don’t get stuck inside a lab.

The Tough Tech Ecosystem, which The Engine fosters through events and convenings, is designed to help founders gain momentum as they build and grow their companies. The ecosystem succeeds when everyone in it can both contribute their expertise and benefit from the network: through talent, partnerships, investments, and resources. We drive this change through two organizations, Engine Ventures and The Engine Accelerator, who share a mission and are committed to growing the Tough Tech Ecosystem together.

Collectively, it’s our job to make it easier for Tough Tech to change the world.



Engine Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in the next generation of Tough Tech founders: providing capital, operational expertise, and a powerful academic, commercial, and governmental network to build and scale companies unlocking massive opportunities in climate change, human health, and advanced systems.


The Engine Accelerator is a public benefit corporation that convenes the Tough Tech community, offering access to the specialized labs, equipment, tools, space, and infrastructure as well as the resources and services necessary to build transformative technologies as economically and efficiently as possible.