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: Problems Worth Solving (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.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Check out our additional funding opportunities for emerging students and alumni entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund (Pilot)
The Tufts Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund is a pilot program where we provide modest levels of funding to individual students, student teams or student clubs to support them in their entrepreneurial initiatives.
Entrepreneurial Internship Program
The Entrepreneurial Internship Program funds students to work for otherwise unpaid internships hosted by early stage ventures (for-profit or not-for-profit) that meet eligibility requirements.
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.
Prizes and Awards
Prizes and Awards are presented to individuals or teams who demonstrate significant entrepreneurial achievement.
Use of generative AI
You may use ChatGPT or other generative AI platforms to help you develop an application. For each instance of text or images created with the help of generative AI, you must offer a citation used in the MLA style. You are also required to upload the entire chat transcript in PDF format. You will be prompted to provide the citation and transcript upload in each individual application form.
Conflict of Interest
Applicants to any Derby Entrepreneurship Center competition, prize, grant program, or the Tufts Venture Accelerator program during any given academic year that involves a cash or in-kind prize must abide by Tufts University’s Financial and Personal Conflict of Interest policy.