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 building for- profit businesses and not-for-profit social enterprises.
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 both 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.
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.
The Center provides our students and alumni with dozens of opportunities every year — from competitions, workshops, lectures and Jumbo Cafés to individual coaching sessions with professors and advisors.
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:
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 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:
Learn more about the various competitions and entrepreneurial prizes held by the Center 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:
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:
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.
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.
Entrepreneurial events held throughout the year
Finalist teams in 2018 $100k Competition
Total awarded to Montle Winners
students take an els course each year
Entrepreneurial Competitions - including the $100k New Ventures Competition
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.