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 in a low-risk environment.
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 founder 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.
semesters in operation
How It Works
We encourage any Tufts student 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, as long as they demonstrate passion and dedication towards doing entrepreneurship. All grades welcome!
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 10-week program consists of founder-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 10 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 10-week program with a strong foundation to continue building their ventures.
Hear our Former Cohort Members
Spring 2022 Cohort Member
Because of the lessons and amazing speakers who gave me real world-experience I was able to take my business to a whole new level!
Spring 2022 Cohort Member
Through interactive discussions with entrepreneurial experts, JumboVentures taught me how to create and pitch a business effectively. Even more, I made invaluable connections to many entrepreneurs at Tufts.
Fall 2021 Cohort Member
Jumbo Ventures has been a great way for me to meet like-minded entrepreneurs at Tufts and share ideas. I really enjoyed our weekly speakers from experts in the field and I feel as if it has helped me grow and further frame myself as an entrepreneur!