Entrepreneurship has a long and rich history at Tuck. Professors Brian Quinn and Paul Paganucci taught the first entrepreneurship course in the 1970s. Since then, interest in entrepreneurship among students has remained strong, with as many as  40% of students recently listing it as one of their main subjects of interest upon enrollment.

The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) supports student entrepreneurship through the creation and coordination of programs, activities and events designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Connect entrepreneurially oriented students, alumni, faculty, and members of the wider Dartmouth community.
  • Evolve Tuck’s entrepreneurship offering through the collection and incorporation of feedback and key performance indicators into the planning and execution processes.
  • Expose students to available resources and current issues facing entrepreneurs.
  • Inspire by fostering a culture that welcomes and celebrates entrepreneurship.
  • Integrate entrepreneurial resources within Tuck and across campus through collaboration and nurturing of Dartmouth’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Support students with services and programs that complement and supplement their academic instruction on entrepreneurship. The EI works towards these objectives in association with the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN), Tuck’s Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Tuck’s student‐run Entrepreneurship Club, and with many local and community partners. The EI also aims to support and increase collaboration between Dartmouth’s professional schools (Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth Medical School) and the college.

Tuck strives to provide the world’s best educational preparation for a career of business leadership. At the EI we believe that providing students with a set of tools to address the challenges facing founders contributes to a student’s general business and leadership formation, regardless of their chosen career path after graduation.


Joaquin P. Villarreal, T'08, Executive Director

Geoff Gunning , Academic Coordinator


Faculty Advisory Group

Ron Adner
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Colin C. Blaydon
William and Josephine Buchanan Professor of Management; Director, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; Dean Emeritus

Sydney Finkelstein
Steven Roth Professor of Management

Robert G. Hansen
Senior Associate Dean; Norman W. Martin 1925 Professor of Business Administration; Faculty Director, Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship

Constance E. Helfat
J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy

Associate Professor of Business Administration


Contact Us

Entrepreneurship Initiative
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
100 Tuck Hall
Hanover, NH 03755‐9000