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$100k New Ventures Competition

Highlighted by Forbes as one of the 15 biggest university-sponsored competitions

This annual competition draws entries from alumni, faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students from all ten schools across the university. Teams compete for prizes and in-kind services totaling more than $100,000 in three tracks:

  • General Technology Track
  • Healthcare & Life Science Track
  • Social Impact Track


The launchpad for your new venture at Tufts

We kicked off this year's $100k New Ventures Competition with educational workshops, 1×1 coaching, and pitch practice in February and March. Student & alumni teams were encouraged to apply for the chance to pitch their venture to potential employees, advisors, investors, and more - all while competing for prizes valued over $100,000 in non-dilutive funding and in-kind services.

Learn more about the 2021 competition

Virtual Event: $100k New Ventures Competition 2020

In the true spirit of entrepreneurship, we pivoted to an exciting virtual event for this year's competition in lieu of the on-campus activities. To learn more about the finalist teams that competed, watch the awards ceremony, and discover the winners, read more here!

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Check out past winners of the $100k New Ventures Competition.

2020 Winners

Winners of the first-ever virtual competition included a sustainable aquaculture shrimp farm, noninvasive bladder cancer screening, and an online resource for accessible travel accommodations.

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2019 Winners

From health clinics designed for women in the Bangladeshi garment industry to an alcoholic "hard" kombucha tea and more!

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2018 Winners

Winners included a portable catheter sterilizer, wastewater nanofiltration, and a high-tech machine learning method of helping smallholder farmers.

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2017 Winners

Winning teams presented ventures about efficient glaucoma diagnosis, extending the shelf-life of perishable foods, and even socially-responsible custom shoes!

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2016 Winners

Teams ranged from presenting a high-tech way to hire musicians to networked sensors for ocean research, noninvasive brain disorder diagnosis, and more!

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2015 Winners

Winning ventures included a marijuana potency analyzer, novel therapies for breast cancer, and high-tech mobile tactics for increasing global literacy.

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