Start Your Venture Here
We are the early-stage student-run startup accelerator at Tufts University that empowers students with the guidance and resources to take their ideas from zero to one.
What We Provide
Each semester, we accept students that demonstrate passion for entrepreneurship and commitment to work on ventures. Through our stage based process, we help them formulate ideas, find co-founders, and accelerate through the early stages of the entrepreneurship process.
We host weekly workshops led by industry experts to teach our cohort how to validate their ideas, test their products, and pitch to investors. We also have a network of experienced mentors who are dedicated to providing teams with custom advising.
As the hub of student-led entrepreneurship presence on campus, we host speaker events and social networking sessions that bring together students from outside of the program to strengthen the innovative culture of Tufts University.
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How It Works
We encourage any Tufts undergraduate with an interest in building their own venture to apply, whether you have an idea or not. We accept both students with initial startup ideas and those without, so long as they demonstrate passion and dedication towards doing entrepreneurship.
Students meet in the first few weeks to learn about problem spaces and the problem-identification process. They will brainstorm and discuss what issues are worth tackling. Students then find co-founders that share their interest in a particular problem and will continue the program as a team.
The bulk of the 11-week program consists of expert-led workshops to guide students through the stages of problem validation, customer research, product design, go-to-market strategy, bootstrapping, and pitching. During each workshop, students have the opportunity to engage with the speaker and each other to refine their ventures.
The program culminates with a final demo day of their ventures to judges. Given the 11 week timeline, we do not expect finished products. The emphasis of the demo day pitch is on the validation of the idea and design so that students graduate from the 11-week program with a strong foundation to continue building their ventures.