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About Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts (DEC)

Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts develops an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset among our students, alumni and community members.

We do this through our undergraduate academic program, built around the popular Entrepreneurship Minor, as well as a full suite of co-curricular programs and activities. Many of these offerings are open to the public, regardless of their Tufts affiliation.

About the Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI)

Derby Entrepreneurship Center is a part of the Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI), home to a number of pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs that builds students’ expertise in leadership, innovation, management, and entrepreneurship.

For over three decades, the Gordon Institute has provided students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead both teams and entire companies. Read on to learn more.

What We Believe

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Accessible & Approachable

We are committed to making entrepreneurship education more approachable and accessible: 

  • We made the ENT minor much more flexible, starting in Fall 2022
  • We increased availability to ENT courses and created new exploratory courses to appeal to a diverse intersection of students
  • We piloted a summer internship program that offers an internship award to traditionally unpaid internships
  • We are partnering with numerous  student groups to meet students where their passions and interests lie


Our efforts to democratize entrepreneurship education at Tufts University was externally recognized in 2022, when we received the prestigious Deshpande Symposium Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation at the 11th Deshpande Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Our Partners

DEC collaborates with Tisch College on a variety of courses, including ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises, ENT193.02 Paths to Entrepreneurship and ENT193.04 Non-profits, Philanthropy and Impact. DEC and Tisch College jointly offer the Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor. Tisch College also generously supports the social impact track for our Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition.

DEC collaborates with the Fletcher School for International Law and Diplomacy to support teams who are working on projects and new ventures in emerging markets, including teams who are applying to the Fletcher D-Prize, a venture competition  structured around several poverty challenges with proven solutions. Fletcher school awards up to $20k to help teams pilot their solutions in Africa, Asia, or another developing region.

The Healthcare Track welcomes teams who solve pressing problems in healthcare – including biotech, digital health, healthcare IT and more.

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