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"Finding the Best People & The Money to Start Your Business"

The most recent workshop took place on February 22nd.

We kicked off 2019 with an all-day workshop that provided students with tactics, life lessons, and connections in entrepreneurship. The day consisted of a series of lectures, panels & engaging mini-workshops with highly experienced entrepreneurs & investors in our Expert Corners - all focused to provide you with real-world solutions to the following questions:

  1. How do I build an organizational structure, hire the right people, and create the right culture to make this business an exciting, fast growth, fun and dynamic place to work?
  2. How do I fund this idea to become a viable, scalable early stage business?  What are my options?  What’s the right structure?  What are the rules? And, just... how do I do this?

Event Schedule included:

8:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00am - 10:00am

Speaker: Dan Schorr, Tufts alum and Founder & CIO (Chief Ice Cream Officer) of Vice Cream

10:00am - 11:30am

An Early Stage Venture Capital Roundtable, where we will answer every possible question you have about fundraising

  • Peter Clay, TEC Coach and Launchpad Venture Group Investor
  • Jack Derby, Director of TEC and General Partner of Converge
  • Betty Francisco, Partner at Pipeline Angels
  • Jennifer Jordan, Venture Capitalist
  • Jared Melillo, Partner of Audeo Capital (Tufts alum)
  • Catherine Popper, Launchpad Venture Group
11:30am - 12:30pm

Speaker: Art Papas, Tufts alum and CEO of Bullhorn (voted "Best Place to Work" by Boston Business Journal) speaks on "A Journey of Success"

12:30pm - 1:00pm 

Lunch + Vice Cream Treats; Meet 1-on-1 with our experts

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speaker: Bob Stringer, Venture Investor and Author of speaks on "Finding the Best People & the Right Money!"

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Workshop of our Young Tufts Alum Entrepreneurs - Engage, Learn, Ask Questions & Get Direct Answers

  • Brad Callow (Tufts '04), Founder of 6:00AM Health
  • Sophia Atik (Tufts '18), Founder of VASERA Male Contraceptives
  • Alex Rappaport (Tufts '18), Founder of ZwitterCo
  • Dan Weinstein (Tufts '18), Founder of UCHU


Dan Schorr, Chief Ice Cream Officer, Vice Cream (Tufts '17)

Dan and Vice Cream promote unapologetic indulgence with a mission to change the world one spoon at a time.  Dan will give us both some truly amazing ice cream at lunch and a dose of reality of just what it takes to succeed in the tough consumer food space.

Art Papas, Co-Founder & CEO of Bullhorn (Tufts '97)

Art was the original architect of Bullhorn’s flagship Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, which now helps more than 8,000 companies around the world run their businesses. Art is the Chairman of the Board at Career Collaborative, an organization that teaches unemployed and underemployed adults how to build careers that change lives and strengthen families. In 2014, Ernst & Young named Art an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner in New England. Prior to starting Bullhorn, Art started his career as a software engineer at Thomson Reuters. Art is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Bob Stringer, Founder & General Partner, Crimson Seed Capital

Bob is an active angel investor in startups, and a board member and advisor to early-stage companies in five different countries. His portfolio of over 30 ventures has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive business world. His latest book, How the Best Startups Make it Happen, provides entrepreneurs and their advisors with hard-hitting advice and guidance about building winning cultures.

What is a Founder's Workshop?

What's the best way to learn about becoming an entrepreneur? Hear directly from people who have launched their own companies!

Whether you plan to enter one of the four main competitions or you simply want to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship, attend our Founder's Workshops to gain direct, credible insights and advice from entrepreneurs who have built both large and small businesses and social enterprises.

Get face-to-face with experienced experts in a small environment of mini-lectures, focused panels, open questioning, and an opportunity to network and connect with the experts following their talks.

Individual workshop topics to include:

  • How to create, dream, innovate, and launch an idea from concept to reality
  • What’s a business plan and why do I need one?
  • How do I find the people to build my product or service idea?
  • How do I build a sales and marketing plan and find the people?
  • How do I form a company and how do I find the right legal help?
  • Finance and Fundraising 101
  • A panel of experts answering every question that you need to ask