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Experience Entrepreneurship at Tufts.

The Tufts Entrepreneurship Center provides robust academic instruction in entrepreneurship combined with the real-world experience of our professors and advisors. We prepare students for impactful active citizenship in the disciplines of business and social enterprise. 

The Center is focused on developing innovative thinkers with entrepreneurial mindsets across all disciplines of the Tufts University community through an ecosystem of educational offerings and experiential, hands-on resources – including competitions, workshops, and accelerators.

Take classes, find mentors, develop your entrepreneurial ideas and skills, and learn about fundraising. Connect with professors, advisors, alums, investors, and job opportunities in startups and large corporations.

We spark interest in entrepreneurship, incubate innovative ideas, and connect our students and alumni with mentors to help them perfect their ideas, develop their business and social enterprise plans, and test their fundraising skills. We accelerate these ideas by connecting our students and alums through our events and competitions with advisory investors.

At the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center, students have the opportunity to launch a company, land their first job, and drive social change. Whatever your aspirations may be, the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center empowers entrepreneurs to make an impact on business and society at large.


Education & Resources

The courses of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center are open to students from all schools and majors from all departments across the university. To fulfill the minor requirement, students take a total of four core required courses and a minimum of one elective course.

View these courses and the details required to complete the Entrepreneurship (formerly ELS) Minor.

Competitions & Awards

The Center provides our students and alumni with dozens of opportunities every year — from competitionsworkshopslectures and Jumbo Cafés to individual coaching sessions with professors and advisors.

Alumni

Our alumni are making an impact at startups, nonprofits, and in venture capital.

Visit our news section to read alumni success stories.

 

Faculty

Tufts Entrepreneurship Center faculty are leaders in their fields and bring decades of industry and entrepreneurship experience to their classrooms.

View the faculty directory.

Advisory Board

The 30-person Advisory Board of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center provides connections between students and highly engaged, successful Tufts alumni from a wide variety of industries and markets.

View the full Advisory Board member list.

Stay Connected

Join the Tufts Entrepreneurship Network on LinkedIn, and follow Tufts Entrepreneurs Society on Facebook. Subscribe to the Center's newsletter.

 


Customize your education.

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 and majors at Tufts who come from diverse backgrounds and academic interests. All of our students share a dynamic and exciting curiosity to discover entrepreneurship and innovation through a wide variety of both commercial businesses and social enterprises.

To fulfill the Entrepreneurship minor, students take a total of five courses, including four core required courses and a minimum of one elective course:

  • ELS101 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • ELS103 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ELS105 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • ELS107 Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • There are 15 elective courses to choose from.

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.

View the Center’s course descriptions and details to complete the minor.


Competitions - Fund your venture.

Tufts Entrepreneurship Center hosts four primary competitions providing students with academic and experiential startup instruction throughout the academic year, along with cash and in-kind services 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:

  1. General technology
  2. Social enterprise
  3. Life science, medical device and healthcare IT

Learn more about the various competitions and entrepreneurial prizes held by the Center throughout the year.


Learn outside of the classroom.

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:


Faculty with connections to the real world.

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:

  • Frank Apeseche, a partner and co-founder of J. Locke & Company, with three decades of deep business and financial expertise.
  • Gavin Finn, President & CEO of Kaon Interactive a 3D interactive sales & marketing company.
  • Beth McCarthy, a consultant, with more than 20 years of marketing and consulting experience at companies including C Space, Digitas and Epsilon
  • Pamela Stepp, leadership educator and an independent executive coach who has worked with business leaders in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

View all Entrepreneurship Faculty and bios.


Alumni who make an impact all over the globe.

The Tufts Entrepreneurship Center prepares students for success. Many students have gone on to run successful startups or are employed by major corporations such as Hubspot, Google, Facebook, Fidelity, LinkedIn, Tesla, NEST, and Goldman Sachs along with hundreds of other leading companies. The Entrepreneurship Center prepares students to make an immediate impact in their lives and careers both during school and immediately following graduation.

Visit our news section to read alumni success stories.


An Advisory Board made up of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

The Center’s 30-person Advisory Board provides a connection between successful entrepreneurial Tufts alumni in the worlds of business and social enterprise and aspiring entrepreneurial students. Members include CEOs, senior managers, founders of a variety of businesses and experienced investors. Each of these women and men are passionate about Tufts, entrepreneurship at every level, and ensuring they provide active engagement, connections, and opportunities for students.

View the full advisory board member list.


Stay Connected

  • Join The Tufts Entrepreneurship Network LinkedIn
    • Connect with thousands of Tufts alumni, faculty, and students living in and learning about the exciting world of entrepreneurship,
    • Stay up to date on entrepreneurial activities and initiatives across the entire university.
  • Follow the student-run Tufts Entrepreneurs Society on Facebook. Learn about this student-run network of entrepreneurial activities, programs, resources, and initiatives across the entire university.
  • Follow the Women Entrepreneurs @ Tufts. Learn about this exciting initiative that aims to encourage and engage women to celebrate their own capacity as entrepreneurs and business leaders.
  • Subscribe to The Entrepreneurship Center’s newsletter. Delivered to your inbox every month, the newsletter includes alumni and student interest stories, monthly news updates, reminders of upcoming events, and information on how to easily connect with our team. 

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