student funding for student projects
FAQ
What is ProjX?
ProjX is a branch of TechX that provides funding for MIT student projects every semester, helping students bring their dream projects to life and giving them a chance to demo their creations at the annual xFair and ProjXpo. Read more about ProjX here.
When are the info sessions?
Info sessions for the spring application cycle will be scheduled in February.
How much funding can I get?
The maximum funding that the ProjX team can provide per team is $500.
How do I apply for funding?
Applications for funding are currently closed. Check back in February for our spring applications! Click “Portal” in the navigation bar above to log in and create an application.
How is the mentorship structured?
Members of the ProjX committee with significant technical experience are available to provide mentorship and advice for your project, and we can also connect you with someone in our network of volunteer mentors across MIT. Mentors can be students who have previously completed a ProjX project, graduate students, or even faculty/staff.
Can I get funding for multiple projects?
We believe in empowering students to explore and develop their ideas, so we will evaluate each application independently of others. Therefore, a student can be on multiple teams; however, each student may only be the lead member of one team.
Can I pivot from my original idea? If so, will this affect me adversely in the future?
Yes. We encourage students to pursue their passions and pivoting is an important part of innovating. As long as the new project is legitimate and would have been funded on its own, ProjX will continue to support you. No, this will not affect your applications adversely in the future.
Can I display my project at ProjXpo or xFair even if I wasn't funded?
We want to promote the maker culture at MIT and will do our best to support all student projects, regardless of whether or not they are affiliated with ProjX. However, due to space constraints we may not be able to fit all projects. We will publicize any opportunities to display that open up!
Can I join your mailing list?
Yes! You can add yourself to projx-interest@mit.edu through WebMoira.
Where can I find funding outside of ProjX?
  • Trust Center: Provides entrepreneurship resources
  • Sandbox Fund: Provides a range of funding for MIT students to develop entrepreneurial initiatives
  • StartLabs: Puts on events to support student entrepreneurs, stay late and hack (SLACK) nights, startup career fairs
  • Dorm Room Fund: Provides seed funding for student startups in exchange for equity. "Venture fund for students by student."
  • Rough Draft VC: Provides seed funding for student startups in exchange for equity. Owned by General Catalyst.
  • Clean energy prize: prize for undergrads working on energy ideas/companies
  • Climate CoLab: Offers prizes for climate change and related issues
  • GFSA: Up to $20k accelerator to launch founders out of MIT for highly structured teams that are ready to launch
  • IDEAS Global: Supports innovation and entrepreneurship through an annual competition that awards up to $10k per team for the best ideas to tackle certain barriers
  • MIT CHIEF: Dedicated to contributing to a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, equipping entrepreneurs with resources, immersing their startups into the US or Chinese markets
SPOTLIGHT
Check out previous projects we've funded

LED Matrix Coffee Table

An electronically adjustable-height coffee table with embedded Arduino-powered LED matrix.
Created by David Afolabi
Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture and thought how much better it'd be with a LEDs or if it were automated? Take an ordinary table for example. Use it as a tracing table? Check! Play games like Snake and Tetris? Check! Show off to friends? Definitely check! Now imagine automation. An elegant coffee table that raises to become a stylish desk? Check! David Afolabi's 2014 xFair project was this stylish and futuristic table that can lighten up the mood with LEDs and raise and lower itself to match the user's height.

The table is made of lasercut wood and uses linear actuators attached to the legs to change height. The 15x24 LED matrix made of Adafruit Neopixels is embedded under the polycarbonate table surface. The matrix is controlled by Arduino and can be programmed to display any pattern within its resolution. The Arduino is able to convert any image or video to format suitable for display on on the table, so any game that can fit in its 360-pixel resolution can be played right on the table through two custom-built controllers that interface with the Arduino controller.

David brought a previous version of this table to the 2.007 Engineering Petting Zoo. With the support of ProjX, David received $500 to develop this second iteration of his project with greater LED count and vertical height adjustment. This project was displayed at xFair 2015!
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