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Organized by Tufts Gordon Institute's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, the annual competition draws entries from alumni, faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students from across the university. Teams compete for prizes and in-kind services totaling more than $100,000 in three tracks: healthcare and life science, social impact and general/high-tech.

Finalist teams announced - read descriptions of the 18 teams competing this year.

Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition – Live Finals

April 4, 2018
Time: 9-5pm | Location: 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155

Entrepreneurship Showcase, Shapiro Lecture and Awards Ceremony

April 5, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 9:00pm | Location: 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155

Who should enter the General/High-Tech Track of the New Ventures Competition?

New ventures or businesses geared towards creating value in the private high-technology or other sectors not classified as Life Sciences or Social Entrepreneurship.

Who should enter the Social Track of the New Ventures Competition?

Businesses with a mission to create and sustain social value. Businesses that benefit society and promote active citizenship. A significant part of the venture is dedicated to one or more of the following: creating a positive social impact, improving living conditions, upward economics/social mobility, or environmental impact. Social Ventures can be non-for-profit, for-profit or hybrid.

Who should enter the Medical / Life Science Track of the New Ventures Competition?

Businesses with a focus on medical, health and wellness topics. Dental, Veterinary, Biomedical, Nutrition-focused businesses.

How do I enter the competition?

Click HERE for application details.

If you have questions, please contact Carol Denning, Program Administrator, Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program.

Eligibility for the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition

Applicants to the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition must have actively participating executive or founding team members in major roles who are one, or more, of the following:

  • Matriculated Tufts University undergraduate student
  • Matriculated Tufts University graduate student
  • Full-time Tufts University Postdoc, Research Fellow or Resident
  • Tufts University faculty
  • Full-time Tufts University staff
  • Tufts University recently graduated alumnus (must have graduated from Tufts University within the last 5 years)

Non-Tufts team members. Non-Tufts team members may be part of the venture’s management team and may participate in planning the venture.  However, the Tufts team member(s) are expected to:

  • Be the driving force behind the new venture
  • Hold an executive role in the venture
  • Own significant equity in the venture