Competitions, Prizes and Funding

Competitions, prizes and funding to help you build your entrepreneurial successes

Pitch Competitions

We host two pitch competitions every year: The Ideas Competition for innovators in the fall, and the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition in the spring.

Ideas Competition: Innovating for Impact (Fall)

The Ideas Competition is your first step towards learning how to develop an innovative idea into a solution. No experience necessary! Winning teams are eligible to win cash prizes up to $1000

Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition (Spring)

The Tufts $100k Venture Competition is the biggest entrepreneurship production on campus. Teams compete for prizes and in-kind services totaling more than $150,000.

Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards are presented to individuals or teams who demonstrate significant entrepreneurial achievement.

Montle Prize (Fall)

Paul Montle (Class of 1969) created the annual The Paul and Elizabeth Montle Prize for Entrepreneurial Achievement to commend Tufts undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial skills. Winners will be awarded a total of $35,000 which will be divided between three individual winners.

Ricci Prize (Spring)

The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually within the $100k New Ventures Competition to a team best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit in their venture. The winning team will take home $15,000, split evenly among the student team members.

Friedman Prize (Spring)

The Friedman Food & Nutrition Innovation $10k Prize, along with additional in-kind design and legal services. It is sponsored by the Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute and is awarded at the Tufts $100k Entrepreneurship Competition. We encourage diverse and creative submissions and interdisciplinary teams.

Summer Funding Opportunities

We offer three summer programs, each serving a different persona in our ecosystem.

Ideas Competition: Innovating for Impact (Fall)

The Ideas Competition is your first step towards learning how to develop an innovative idea into a solution. No experience necessary! Winning teams are eligible to win cash prizes up to $1000

Tufts Venture Accelerator

The Tufts Venture Accelerator is an 11-week-long venture accelerator that provides structure, accountability, coaching and up to $10k of equity-free funding per team.