Building My Tuck IQ, Part I

Kristin Roth, August 01, 2013 | 0 comments
Tags: First Year Project, Entrepreneurship, Research Centers & Initiatives, Dartmouth

I've been catching up with the staff in many of Tuck’s research centers, initiatives, and programs this summer. It’s been wonderful to connect or reconnect with Tuck colleagues, but even more fascinating to go in depth into the many ways Tuck helps students, alumni, and executives build their knowledge, experience, and connections. Students interested in private equity and entrepreneurship, for example, get amazing opportunities to develop their expertise and ideas during two years at Tuck.
  • The EntrepreneurshipInitiative, run by Joaquin Villarreal, T’08, works closely with students interested in entrepreneurship even before they arrive on campus. In conjunction with the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the Entrepreneurship Initiative sponsors the Dartmouth Ventures Conference. The Conference includes panels on entrepreneurship, an entrepreneurship contest with a $50,000 prize, and a showcase to get feedback on ideas. The Entrepreneurship Initiative works with you on the nuts and bolts to form a company and, once you’re ready, the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship can work with you on financing and investment.
  • The Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Director Tom Naughton, T’96, focuses on providing students with the experiential learning and connections within and outside of Tuck to help you in the job market after you graduate. Combined, the Dartmouth/Tuck private equity network is one of the largest university PE networks in the country. If you want to start a company here, you can take advantage of the close relations and proximity with the ThayerSchool of Engineering, the Geisel School ofMedicine, and DartmouthCollege.
  • The First-YearProject offers remarkable opportunities for students to get hands-on experience. A required course at the end of the first year, students work in teams of about five people on client-sponsored or entrepreneurship projects. Tuck’s small size allows students to customize their projects in ways not always possible at larger programs. Students can select their own projects, form their own teams, source their own projects, and work on projects in any industry, domestic or international, public or private.

Students interested in entrepreneurship might follow a well-developed pathway at Tuck that looks something like this:
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
(Winter 1st Year)
First-Year Project (Spring 1st Year)
Summer Incubator
Advanced Entrepreneurship  (2nd Year)
Barris Incubator (2nd Year)


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