Tufts Summer Venture Accelerator

We are excited to announce that the Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program is launching a Venture Lab Summer Accelerator in the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex, during the summer of 2017. 

The objective of the Accelerator is to provide to undergraduate and graduate students with an array of business support resources and services along a tailored curriculum in order to extend and enhance the leadership role that Tufts plays in fostering entrepreneurship as a means to bring the Tufts mission of active citizenship to life.

Startups in the summer Accelerator will be able to focus on advancing their venture without distractions. The Accelerator mirrors the Tufts Summer Scholars program and provides each participant with a living stipend of $3250.

Startup applicants to the 2017 inaugural Tufts Summer Venture Accelerator must have actively participating executive members in major roles who are one, or more, of the following:

  • Matriculated Tufts University undergraduate student
  • Matriculated Tufts University graduate student



Summer Accelerator Startup Coach:  Tina Weber

Summer Accelerator Startup Coach: 
Tina Weber

Non-Tufts team members. Non-Tufts team members may be part of the venture’s management team. However, the Tufts team member(s) are expected to:

  • Be the driving force behind the new venture
  • Hold an executive role in the venture
  • Own significant equity in the venture


Grant recipients must agree to the following conditions

The Tufts Accelerator is a full-time commitment between July 5th and August 30th, 2017. As such, students are required to limit other employment to no more than 5-10 hours per week, and may not take summer classes or participate in internships while participating in the program.

I understand that I am solely responsible for the use of my living stipend once distributed in July, including but not limited to securing housing for the duration of the program and organizing all aspects of travel, as applicable.

I will attend and participate in the weekly programming offered as part of the Tufts Summer Accelerator program, unless unable to for reasons connected to my startup as confirmed by the Startup Coach. 

I agree to pitch my business at the poster session in the Fall 2017 semester. I understand that there will be a pitch conference open to the Tufts community and investors on August 28.  

I agree to adhere to the standards of academic integrity and Tufts community citizenship as outlined in University policies and Code of Conduct (see uss.tufts.edu/studentaffairs/ for details). 

I will notify the Startup Coach immediately if no longer able to agree to any of the above requirements. I understand that violation of any of the requirements may result in the repayment of grant funds and/or ineligibility for such funds in the future.

  • At a pitch conference open to the Tufts community and investors at the end of the Summer
  • Through a poster at the annual Tufts Teaching Conference