The center has a broad and all-encompassing definition of entrepreneurship. Whether a student wishes to found a company; acquire, operate, and grow an existing business (Entrepreneurship through Acquisition or ETA); join an emerging company, or join a high-growth, venture-backed company, they are part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem at Tuck. We also welcome those who are entrepreneurially curious: students who would like some exposure to entrepreneurship but may choose a different career path after Tuck. Some of them have aspirations to take the leap into entrepreneurship later in their career. Some aspire to drive innovation within a larger company. We are here to support students on their individual entrepreneurial paths.

For the founders, those who want to start a business, the center has created the Venture Learning Lab. In weekly sessions, teams of entrepreneurs work with each other to transform their business ideas into actual businesses. Along the way, they receive expert guidance from guest subject matter experts who offer advice on topics such as corporate law, intellectual property, and go-to-market strategies. Students have access to a robust community of mentors and access to direct advisor support.

The center also creates opportunities for builders, students who want to help an early-stage company grow. One example is the Early-Stage Project Exchange. This program helps connect nascent Dartmouth-affiliated companies with Tuck students interested in contributing their skills and gaining startup experience while working on a specific business-need project.

In addition to these opportunities, the center hosts a variety of events that welcome entrepreneurs, including Tuck alumni, for workshops and talks. Students sign up for these events via Tuck Connect, the school's intranet site. Announcements regarding these events are also shared through the center’s monthly newsletters, Sharepoint site, and its Slack workspace.

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“The center has helped me put entrepreneurship at the core of my Tuck experience. Without their support and mentorship, and the Venture Learning Lab, my company wouldn’t look the same today."

Austin Pittman T'21 | Founder,  Blue Norther

Student Pathways

Elena Nikvashvili T’22
Starting my own company was never a plan when I came to Tuck, but the Center for Entrepreneurship has created an ecosystem to bring ideas to action. I took Entrepreneurial Thinking and followed up with an entrepreneurial First Year-Project and Tuck Startup Incubator in the second year. I always wanted to help my grandfather, a farmer in the country of Georgia, but I never knew how. Future Farmers is a two-sided marketplace connecting farmers with the retailers bypassing the squeeze from the middlemen in developing countries. We interviewed 50 customers, developed the first MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and raised funds.
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Stephanie Puzak T’22
My short-to-midterm goal is to join a startup as a builder or founder. I am especially drawn to mission-driven startups, VC firms and companies. In the long-term, I hope to be an investor using capital to empower others to create (especially female and BIPOC founders). 
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Max Wang T’22
Sizeable: For a group project during Entrepreneurial Thinking, a Tuck elective, fellow T’22s Chris White, Ryan McNamara, and I founded a startup to make the baby clothes shopping experience less wasteful and more sustainable. After the class concluded, we kept working on this concept with the Tuck Magnuson Incubator, which enriched our learning with real-world experiences such as market research, designing and delivering MVP, pitch competitions, and more. Such learning changed the way we think and will benefit us for the rest of our careers. 
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Kevin White T’22
Participated in the Center for Entrepreneurship's Early-Stage Project Exchange where I worked with a data privacy startup to conduct market research to identify new use cases for their existing product and measure the impact of entering this new area. Read Kevin's Pathway >