With Boston experiencing an influx of entrepreneurial activity as the startup ecosystem gains traction, Boston College has caught on and has also become a hotbed of innovation. Check out how to get involved down below:
- The recently established Shea Center for Entrepreneurship aims to integrate entrepreneurship into the curriculum of the Carroll School of Management and provide students with tools as they prepare to start their own business ventures, launch careers at start-ups or small businesses, or follow careers that require entrepreneurial ability in management. Events at the Shea Center include Master Speaker series, hackathons, and workshops where students build their entrepreneurial skills, moving them from idea through refinement and venture launch.
- Within the Shea Center is the Start@Shea program, a student led team that inspires and engages students at Boston College to develop their ideas, network with other entrepreneur-oriented students, and learn from established innovators in Boston. Programs such as the Accelerate@Shea challenge, where 16 teams spend six weeks transforming their ideas into a product, service, or web application, the Meet@Shea initiative that connects likeminded students and faculty, and the Elevator Pitch Competition, are ways the Start@Shea program intends to foster the entrepreneurial spirit for BC students.
- One of the more notable events on campus is the Boston College Venture competition. This challenge designed to promote and support entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level at Boston College provides participants mentoring from experienced alumni and faculty. Students develop and implement the skills necessary to start successful businesses, all the while staying supported with coaching from leading innovators. Business plans are submitted for judging and finalists are chosen to present their plans to a panel of judges consisting of executives and entrepreneurial experts. Many winners of this competition have gone on to grow their business after graduation, most recently CoreHub in 2015.
- Soaring Startup Circle is a summer accelerator program created by Boston College alumni for BC. Students accepted into the program will be provided with office space in Boston, funding, weekly curriculum designed to introduce them to the startup world, and direct access to mentors that will take their business to the next level. To maximize knowledge creation and the network, teams will stay in each space for 2 to 3 weeks, then rotate to a different startup with BC root
- Information Systems Academy: This student club provides the Boston College community with awareness and opportunities to explore potential careers within the information technology field. The focus centers on how technology factors into business strategy and how technology sector businesses function. Contact Chris Barth by email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CS Society: An organization that is dedicated to helping students interested in technology and entrepreneurship achieve their goals. They host events such as guest lectures, workshops, hackathons, as well as encourage entrepreneurship and promote collaboration between business and computer science students. Contact Jesse Mu by email for information: email@example.com.
- Professor John Gallaugher: BC ’88, He is the founding faculty for the Boston College TechTrek programs, and has had exceptional access studying technology growth and impact worldwide. An award winning teacher and active researcher, Professor Gallaugher has published in the Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly, and other leading publications. Check out his website!
- Jere Doyle: BC ’87, Executive Director of the Shea Center. Jere is a proven entrepreneur experienced in building formerly unknown companies into profitable and sustainable industry leaders. Jere founded and launched two companies, Prospectiv and Global Marketing, leading both from the startup phase to highly profitable businesses. Jere is the Managing Director at Sigma Prime Ventures where he invests in early stage startups. Through both The Oyster Angel Fund and Doyle Enterprises, Jere is an investor to many start-ups and a passionate mentor and coach to many CEO's.
- Professor Mary Tripsas: As a Director in the Shea Center, Mary is in charge of the curriculum that comprises the Entrepreneurship co-concentration. The professor is a leading management scholar whose research and teaching focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy. She has explored the emergence of digital imaging, the evolution of the typesetter industry, and is currently engaged in studies of eBooks, air taxis, and innovation in music.
- Executive Board at Soaring Startup Circle
- Tom Coburn: BC ’13, Founder and CEO at Jebbit
- David McLaughlin: BC ’95, Founder and CEO at Vsnap
- 20 member Student Executive team Start@Shea
- Gabriel Mclarnan: Member of Division 1 Cross Country and Track teams, TechGen Brand Manager at Boston College.
- Entrepreneurial Finance (MFIN2210): Objective of this course is to introduce undergraduate students with a special focus on entrepreneurial finance, investment banking, and financial engineering. The first part of the course will cover such issues as venture capital, private equity, and IPOs with the second part of the course will cover different aspects of the investment banking industry.
- Venture Capital (MFIN2212): Course provides a thorough understanding of how venture capital and private equity firms operate. How venture capital firms are structured and how they manage a fund over the course of its life cycle from an investor standpoint, but also cover the funding life cycle of a startup.
- TechTrek West: An award-winning course, combining classroom learning on the BC campus with a week-long field study to Silicon Valley where they meet senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in technology industry firms All sessions are led by successful BC alumni at firms from Apple to Zynga. Visits will have a managerial focus, highlighting executive, marketing, finance, operations, and R&D functions.