On April 7th and 8th, Tufts University will gather to host one of the largest annual start-up competitions in the Boston area. Students, faculty, staff, researchers and alums will pitch their business ideas to a panel of world-class judges selected to identify the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. Candidates from across the University will be arriving in Medford ready to showcase their companies and convince the judges that they can solve real world problems. These entrepreneurs are competing to gain recognition and funding for their startup companies, but they are not the only people to benefit from this experience. So why should you attend? Here are the Top 10 reasons…
1. Learn about the world of startup companies.
Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or someone who is simply intrigued by new ventures, this competition will give you a taste for the Boston startup scene and how Tufts is bringing innovation to this community.
2. Connect with new mentors with priceless advice.
You will be in a room full of successful entrepreneurial leaders from a variety of different backgrounds including technology, science, fashion, finance and engineering, just to name a few. You would be hard pressed to find a more mentor-rich environment.
3. Eat Free Food!
Yes, my friends, there will be delicious food and lots of it so come hungry and leave happy. Free is always good! Lunch will be served on Tuesday April 7th at 12:30pm and the Showcase and Awards Ceremony on April 8th from 5-8:30 will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
4. Hear pitches from the new Life Sciences Track.
Your inner scientists will revel at the new ideas to come. We are launching a brand new category of the competition, which will include businesses focused on health and medicine such as dental, biomedical and nutrition-based startups. The Life Sciences Track will begin at 1:30 pm on Tuesday April 7th.
5. Network with some of Boston’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Mingle with our renowned judges and potential investors; there will be a plethora of opportunities to interact with impressive entrepreneurs. Some include, the breakfast and lunch sessions on April 7th, and the Showcase and Awards Ceremony which starts at 5:00pm on April 8th. Take a look here to learn more about the networking opportunities.
6. Watch Diane Hessan give the Keynote Speech.
At 6pm on April 8th, come hear Diane Hessan give the Keynote Speech. She is the CEO of Startup Institute, which helps people transform their careers, the former CEO of Communispace, a modern market research company. Hessan is also a Tufts Alumna and a Trustee. A seasoned entrepreneur, business executive, marketing researcher and author, she will provide great insight.
7. Jumpstart your own endeavors.
With all the new ideas zipping around, the $100k event is a breeding ground for inspiration. Absorb some passion from the competitors and channel it into your own venture. Each pitch has the potential to spark a new idea in your own head.
8. Participate in a live competition where Shark Tank meets Survivor.
Who doesn’t crave reality TV? We all love entertainment so let our finalists blow your mind with their startup plans as you help to decide who is the winner of the Audience Choice Award. Be a shark and vote to help your favorite startup win $1000. This competition will be filled with drama and suspense. Who needs television when you can be a part of the action?
9.Celebrate at our after party.
College Rule #1: Never pass up a good party. After the awards are presented on April 8th, there will be a reception starting at 7:30 to celebrate the winners. Join us to let loose after a great two days of entrepreneurial activity!
10. Support the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies program.
The ELS program is becoming a powerful force in the entrepreneurial community. Be a part of the program and help change the world, one pitch at a time.
Join us for two days of motivation at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition. Click here for tickets.