At the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center, we provide robust academic instruction in entrepreneurship combined with the real-world experience of our highly talented professors, advisors and coaches. We prepare our students for impactful citizenship by developing their entrepreneurial skills for both for-profit corporations and not-for-profit social-impact businesses.
We develop innovative thinkers across all disciplines of the Tufts University community. TEC offers a wide variety of educational courses and experiential, hands-on resources, including competitions, workshops, and accelerators to grow our community’s entrepreneurial skills.
Learn what it takes to launch a successful startup. Engage directly with our professors, our coaches, and our qualified investors for hands-on experience. Gain job opportunities at both startups and in larger corporations.
The Tufts Entrepreneurship Center offers the largest minor on campus with more than 800 students taking our courses every year. Courses are open to students from all schools across departments at Tufts University. All of our students share a dynamic and exciting curiosity to discover entrepreneurship and innovation through both commercial businesses and social enterprises. Students are empowered to develop entrepreneurial skills through courses and academic projects, as well as outside of the classroom during events and venture accelerators.
To fulfill the Entrepreneurship minor, students take a total of five courses, including four core required courses and a minimum of one elective course:
Students have the unique advantage of developing valuable leadership and business skills within an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment. Courses are taught by skilled professors with deep real-life experience in business, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship. All are highly focused on providing not only excellent academic discipline and depth, but also on providing students with connections to internships and jobs in both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit social enterprises.
Tufts Entrepreneurship Center hosts four primary competitions providing students with academic and experiential startup instruction throughout the academic year, along with cash, in-kind services, and connections in order to support the launch of their startups. To ensure industry inclusion and market diversity, we have created three distinct tracks among these funding and experiential opportunities:
Learn more about the various competitions and entrepreneurial prizes held by TEC throughout the year.
The Center additionally provides students and alumni with the tools and support to create and develop their for-profit business or not-for-profit social enterprises by offering:
Check out this year's calendar of events here.
Our faculty are leaders in their fields and bring decades of hands-on industry and social enterprise experience to their teaching. Students consistently rank the Center’s faculty very highly due to the relevant experience they share in the classroom and the connections and networks that often lead to internships and jobs.
Faculty include people like:
Our alumni are making an impact around the globe, working at startups, nonprofits and in venture capital. Many students have found success at corporations such as Hubspot, Google, Facebook, Fidelity, LinkedIn, Tesla, NEST, Goldman Sachs & more. TEC prepares students to make an immediate impact in their academic & professional careers.
Gavin is President & CEO of Kaon Interactive, a 3D interactive sales & marketing company. Gavin Finn teaches entrepreneurial marketing and sales, entrepreneurship for computer scientists, new product development, and engineering management. At Kaon Interactive he is responsible for the company’s strategic, financial, product, and customer relationship strategies.