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Deadline: January 26, 2019 

Initial submissions to the 100k New Ventures Competition do not require a full business plan. However, selected finalists will be required to submit a full business plan prior to the live judging portion of the competition.

In order to be eligible to apply and participate, at least one of the founding or executive team members have to be affiliated with Tufts University as a undergraduate or graduate student, research fellow, post-doc, resident, faculty, or full-time staff. Additionally, recent alumni within 5 years are also eligible to apply. View a complete list of eligibility criteria.

With one application, you can apply to multiple competitions including: the the $100k New Ventures Competition, the Summer New Venture Accelerator, and The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize.

Individuals may apply for one or all competitions/prizes assuming their business meets all the necessary qualifications.

Sample Application: Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition

I would like my business to be considered for the following competition/prizes:

  • Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition
  • The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize
  • AARP Foundation Prize
  • Tufts Energy Conference Competition
  • Tufts Summer Venture Accelerator

Name of idea: ______________

Website: __________________

Logo upload: If you have a logo for your business, please upload it here.

Tweet-able description of your idea:_____________________

With what industry does your venture most closely align?  (Select one.)

  • Social Impact
  • Life Science/Medical
  • General / High Tech

Additional industry details (Select all that apply.)

  • Energy / Clean Tech: General; Efficiency; Generation; Storage and/or Transmission
  • General: Aerospace; Design; Entertainment & Media; Food, Beverages & Restaurants; Manufacturing; Materials; Other - Services; Retail and/or Transportation & Logistics
  • Healthcare/ Life Sciences: General; Diagnostics; Healthcare; Healthcare Delivery; Marine Technology; Medical Devices; Therapeutics (Pharma); Veterinary; Dental and/or Nutrition
  • High Tech: General; Enterprise Software; Gaming & Consumer; Hardware & Robotics; Internet & Web and/or Telecommunications & Mobile
  • Social Impact: General; Education; Environment; Peace & Human Rights and/or Public Health

Please describe the market opportunity or problem you are solving. (50 words)

Describe your solution. (50 words)

Video Link: Use a video to tell us what’s compelling about your idea and how it is going to make a difference. Please keep the video less than 2 minutes. We are interested in the content of the video, not the production value. Your cell phone is fine for recording purposes. Looking for help? Tisch Digital Design Studio offers services in video design and production and has two members on staff to help with video production. (Note: The video is optional for all $100k entrants. If you are entering the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize then submitting a video is mandatory as part of the application. See additional details regarding video submissions.)

How long have you been working on this idea?

  • 0-3 months
  • 4-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • 1 year +

What skills/expertise does your team have that uniquely positions you to be successful with this idea? (100 words)

Are you for profit or non-profit?

  • For profit
  • Non-profit
  • Undecided

If you're a for-profit company, how do you plan to make money? If you're a non-profit, what's your funding model? (50 words)

What's your revenue to date?

  • Pre-revenue
  • Early revenue & customers
  • Growth

Have you received any funding to date? (Select all that apply.)

  • Friends/family
  • University funded/grants
  • Angel funding
  • Venture capital

How much funding have you received? ________

In what stage is your company/non-profit currently?

  • Interested
  • Pursuing
  • Executing

Approximately how big is the market you're targeting in terms of customers? (100 words)

Who are your competitors? (100 words)

What traction do you already have? (Users, trials, data.) (50 words)

What impact will this have? (100 words)

What is innovative about this approach? (150 words)

What are the key risk factors to the business as you explore this opportunity? (100 words)

What metrics will you use to define success? (150 words)

What IP (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights) or other forms of defensibility do you have for your business?(Consider licenses, contracts, and exclusive relationships.) (150 words)

What technical steps need to be achieved? (150 words)

Is there anything else you would like to tell us in support of the application that might help the judges? (150 words)