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Entrepreneurship and the Tufts $100k Roadshow

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132 Supporters
Towards goal of 125 Supporters
$46,460.00 Raised
Project has ended
Project ended on April 25, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Entrepreneurship and the Tufts $100k Roadshow

This crowdfunding project has ended, but you can still support ELS online. Thank you for your continued support!


Our campaign is all about empowering students and young alumni. We want to increase the reach and participation from our alumni in this effort. Therefore, a small group of Tufts ELS Board Members have offered to add a bonus of $3,000 to this campaign for every 50 donors in this campaign (regardless of donation size). Its all about getting the word out, and letting everyone know that Tufts cares about its students and about changing the world.


Part of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies program (ELS), The Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition is one of the preeminent university-based competitions in the country, providing students with tools, experiences, and seed-funding opportunities to make their startups a successful reality. As a key part of the competition, all winners are also selected to participate in the Tufts Roadshow

Now in its fourth year, the Tufts Roadshow is a premier ELS program that greatly impacts young entrepreneurs launching early-stage companies. We have been raising funds from generous alumni to send winners of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition to New York and Silicon Valley to meet successful Jumbo entrepreneurs, VCs, angels, and advisers. We also help them utilize the vast Tufts alumni network to enhance and accelerate their startups. 

Roadshow participants gain highly valuable experience pitching to real investors on Sand Hill Road and beyond, from firms that include Andreesen Horowitz, Menlo Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Global Citizen Year, and a host of others.  We introduce them to key players on the east coast with directors of New York Angels and entrepreneurs such as the co-founders of Blue Apron. 

Listen to some recent winners talk about the impact of these trips.

Now you can help the winners make the Tufts Roadshow a reality by supporting them through this crowdfunding campaign.


This year, nine winners of the 2017 Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition, including students, grad students, postdocs, and young alumni will travel to New York and San Francisco to meet with alumni like Lou Pelosi.

By supporting the Tufts Roadshow  participants, you are investing in once-in-a-lifetime experiences for young people who create early-stage companies and grow the Tufts community.

Where Does Your Support Go?

All funds raised in this campaign go directly to the travel expenses for the winners. A donation of $15 will buy a Roadshow breakfast in preparation for a busy day of pitching and connecting. A gift of $100 will cover a train ticket from Boston to New York. Take a look to the right for what your donation helps create.  Help us make this transformational experience possible.

Are You In New York or San Francisco?

We will be hosting thank you parties for all of our supporters in each city that the winners travel through. Any donation will get you access to the students, so that you can meet tomorrows change makers that you helped empower. 

About Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition

Part of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies program, the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition is one of the preeminent university-based competitions in the country, providing students with tools, experiences, and seed-funding opportunities to make their startups a successful reality. 

Choose a giving level


A Cup of Coffee

Keep a student fueled during the roadshow


Lunch for a Student

In the middle of everything going on, keep a student fed mid-day by supporting a student lunch


Dinner is on me!

When the day is winding down, cover a students dinner so they are ready to go the next day.


Train to NYC

Our students need to get from campus to NYC for their meetings and pitches. Cover one students train ride from Tufts.


A Place to Lay Their Head

Every student needs a place to sleep after a jam packed day of pitches and networking. Help a student with a hotel room for a night in either SF or NYC.


One Trip to To SF and Back

While we can take the train to NY, the students will need help flying out to the Bay Area for a couple of days in Silicon Valley. Covers the airfare of one student


Keep Everyone Fed

Want to do even more? How about feeding the whole crew of winners for a day? This will keep the students and staff participating in the trip fed for three square meals.


Sponsor a Winner

Really passionate about supporting the winners of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition? How about underwriting a students whole roadtrip? This will sponsor one student to NYC or SF.


An Evening with the Winners

On April 20th, we will be hosting an event in NYC with the winners to meet with Tufts Alumni and hopefully make connections that will help launch their new companies. Underwrite the entire event, and help us kick off the Road Show in style!

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