Create Your Network with the Tufts $100k

The Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition is a microcosm of one of the hallmarks of Tufts University itself: the diversity of the student body, faculty, staff, researchers and alumni. This is reflected not only in the way diversity is often defined, such as by race or gender, but in the wide range of academic disciplines and research represented by the applicants.

On April 7 and 8, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff and researchers from seven schools across Tufts’ will compete for prizes of cash and in-kind services as they endeavor to turn their ideas into real ventures. Competitors from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medical School, Fletcher, Tisch, Sackler, Dental Medicine, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, are gearing up to connect with judges, investors and other entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas. 

While the main draw is the competition itself, the event offers another real benefit to competitors and audience members alike: the chance to network with university peers as well as a growing number of leaders from outside the Tufts community who attend this energizing event.

Networking is a vital skill for any entrepreneur, but it can be challenging to find new connections. The Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program supports the development of intra-university and external relationship-building through a combination of Founders Workshops, Lectures and Symposia, as well as by encouraging members of affiliated groups to connect with ours.

Join us as we head into our spring season of entrepreneurship events. Follow the link below to the Tufts Entrepreneurial Network website, where you can find information on the Tufts $100k New Ventures competition. 

And while you’re there, learn more about other participating Tufts-affiliated organizations that provide even more opportunities for networking and learning about entrepreneurial activity across the University. Here’s a list of a few to get you started:

Student-led entrepreneurial organizations include:

Tufts Entrepreneurs Society - a resource community for student entrepreneurs

Tufts Make - team-based product design group

Fletcher International Business Club - providing opportunities in global business

Tufts Biomedical Business Club - organization to bridge the business + science communities

180 Degrees Consulting - provides real world consulting experience in the collegiate environment

Tufts MedStart - MD/MBA student organization for global entrepreneurship in healthcare

Tufts Computer Science Exchange - platform for intellectual exchange

Tufts Consulting Collective - preparing students pursuing a career in consulting

Tufts Archimedes Project - supports global social enterprises in creation and launch

Entrepreneurs seeking mentorship can connect with:

Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Fellows - peer mentorship

Tufts-Experts-in-Residence - provides entrepreneurs across the University with coaching and mentorship for their ideas and startups

Empower Fellows - mentoring social entrepreneurs

Compass Fellows - connecting freshman and upper-class social entrepreneurs

If you are an alum, consider joining one of these entrepreneurial networks:   

Tufts Entrepreneurial Alumni Network

Tufts Social Impact Network

Other beneficial resources for Entrepreneurs include:

The Institute for Business in the Global Context

Tufts Institute for Global Leadership

Tufts Institute for Innovation 


Written by Shannon McHenry, Psychology Major, Class of 2016