The objective of the Accelerator is to provide to undergraduate and graduate students with comprehensive and thoughtful guidance, support, and resources along a tailored curriculum in order to extend and enhance the leadership role that Tufts plays in fostering entrepreneurship as a means to bring the Tufts mission of active citizenship to life.
Startups in the New Venture Summer Accelerator will be able to dedicate their summer to focus on advancing their venture without distractions.
Startup applicants to the Tufts Summer Venture Accelerator must have actively participating executive members in major roles who are one, or more, of the following:
Matriculated Tufts University undergraduate student
Matriculated Tufts University graduate student
Non-Tufts team members may be part of the venture’s management team. 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
Startup team members who apply and are accepted into the Summer New Venture Summer Accelerator must agree to the following conditions:
Participants of the Tufts New Venture Accelerator must agree to commit their full-time effort to their new venture in the duration of the Accelerator program. As such, students are required to limit other employment and/or extra-curricular activities to no more than 15 hours per week, and may not take summer classes or participate in internships while participating in the program.
Participants of the Tufts New Venture Accelerator must agree to attend and participate in all coaching and programming events offered as part of the Tufts Summer Accelerator program, unless unable to for reasons connected to startup as confirmed by the Startup Coach.
Participants of the Tufts New Venture Accelerator must agree to a pitch conference open to the Tufts community and investors at the end of the session.
Participants of the Tufts New Venture Accelerator must agree to adhere to the standards of academic integrity and Tufts community citizenship as outlined in University policies and Code of Conduct (see uss.tufts.edu/studentaffairs/ for details).
Participants of the Tufts New Venture Accelerator must agree to notify the Startup Coach immediately if no longer able to agree to any of the above requirements. Violation of any of the requirements may result in the repayment of grant funds and/or ineligibility for such funds in the future.