Experiential Learning

As students look at different pathways through Tuck, they can choose among a variety of experiential and global learning opportunities far beyond the classroom to deepen their entrepreneurship skills and knowledge. Tuck’s entrepreneurship curriculum and co-curriculum also integrates with other Tuck and Dartmouth entrepreneurship initiatives. Tuck recognizes the importance of consistent collaboration with the broader Dartmouth community in building a robust and successful program in entrepreneurship.

Ecosystem Deep Dives

Ecosystem Deep Dives (EDDs) are experiential learning opportunities that immerse students into selected ecosystems, highlighting industries and/or the intersections of various industries in a given region. Led by Tuck Center Directors, students explore career pathways, gain industry insights and knowledge, and engage in professional networking. Each visit is carefully chosen with purpose and intention around key business questions and is supported by expert-led insight reflection sessions. Aimed at giving students an in-depth view into early-stage companies, investments in early-stage companies, and the overall startup ecosystem, this program provides first-year students a jump start on their entrepreneurial exploration and journey. Students are immersed in an area's entrepreneurial ecosystem and the program includes connecting with founders, builders and investors across industry and stage. Learn more about the student experience by reading a write-up by Hugo Naulot T'21 and Robert Sewell T'21 of their entrepreneurship deep dive.

Early Stage Project Exchange

A project exchange between early-stage companies (“project owners” looking for help with part of their business) and Tuck students (“project participants”) interested in contributing their skills and gaining live startup experience. This is a great opportunity for both project owners and project participants to work collaboratively to progress emerging companies in the Dartmouth ecosystem. Scope, depth and timing of work will vary from project to project. More information, including application details and exchange timing, is available on CE's Sharepoint site.

Tuck-Magnuson Startup Incubator

Tuck-Magnuson Startup Incubator helps the entrepreneur to build their venture from customer discovery to implementation. Teams work on different aspects of the business, such as selling, product development, financial modeling and fundraising, while working with fellow entrepreneurs and a robust group of mentors. This course accepts applications from Dartmouth teams with a Tuck student on the founding team. Tuck students are eligible to receive independent study credit for their successful participation.

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Tuck Social Venture Fund (TSVF)

The Center, in conjunction with the Center for Business, Government & Society oversees the Tuck Social Venture fund, which deploys capital based on student generated investment ideas. An investment committee composed of alumni and Tuck faculty votes on the student proposals, discusses social impact, and provides feedback. Students conduct weekly conference calls with the investment committee to discuss markets, sectors, and investment proposals. The TSVF provides students with practical experience in venture capital with an emphasis on social impact.

Investment capital for the Tuck Social Venture Fund is provided through the generous donations of the Tuck class of 2015 and other select alumni. Learn more about the TSVF

Impact Investing

Co-administered by the Center for Business, Government & Society and the Center for Entrepreneurship, Tuck’s future business leaders to identify investments that conform to social and environmental norms of a more sustainable global economy and contribute to the common good through a number of impact investing programs.

  • MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) is an experiential lab designed to give students at business and graduate schools a hands-on education in impact investing. At the beginning of the academic year, Tuck students will form teams to source and conduct diligence on early stage impact investments. Students then participate in training modules around impact investing before competing on campus against other Tuck student teams. The winning team will proceed to the final competition against other leading business schools where they will present recommendations to a judging committee composed of industry leaders for a potential investment of up to $50,000.
  • Tuck Social Venture Fund (TSVF) is an experiential learning program in impact investing where students have the opportunity to make direct investments in mission-oriented businesses with the potential to make a venture-like financial return. TSVF invests in enterprises with attractive risk-adjusted financial returns and a measurable social impact. In collaboration with the Center for Business, Government & Society, the Center for Entrepreneurship advises and supports the student-led TSVF.