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Fostering entrepreneurship through university-wide competitions.

The Derby Entrepreneurship Center hosts 25+ events and competitions through the year, including the renowned $100k New Ventures Competition. Most competitions are generally open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Check out the details below on various competitions for details on eligibility.

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$100k New Ventures Competition

This 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.

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Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Prize

The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society.


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Ideas Competition

The Tufts Ideas Competition is designed for early stage business ideas. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize, mentorship and invitations to attend a robust series of workshops covering topics such as start-up legal considerations, funding and creating an effective pitch. Open to Tufts students, faculty and staff, the competition provides individuals with validation and support for a business idea.

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Team Tarsier at the Tufts 100k competition
A student perusing the Tufts 100k Competition brochure
A still from the Tufts 100k competition
Seth Godin at the Alan Shapiro lecture series, Spring 2017
President Monaco's address at the competition
Tufts 100k networking event
Daniel McCormack of BluCloud presenting at the Tufts 100k Competition