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Where you read it first | Sunday, December 10, 2023

Winners chosen for the 2018 Gordon Institute $100k New Ventures competition

Jack Derby poses for a portrait in the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex on March 7.
$100k New Ventures Competition were chosen last night, from 18 finalists competing in three tracks, two-day event intended to promote entrepreneurial advancement at Tufts markets itself Wednesday, April 4 Thursday, April 5  Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (ELS) Program  amounting to $100,000 altogether potential investors and business experts offering advice and mentorship Social Impact, Medtech & Life Sciences, and General/High-Tech  Tina Weber Weber Weber 18 competition finalists
Jamie Turner, CEO Jamie Turner, Turner Stephen Remondi (E '87), who sold his company Exa Corporation for $400 million in a deal last year;  Ben Carson Jr. (LA '07) Josh Goldman (LA '88) Norwest Ventures; Jordan Kievelstadt (E '04), CEO of Free Flow Wines; Michael Doyle (LA '05), President and CEO of QPID Health; and Bonnie Schnitta (J '78), SoundSense Jack Derby irector of the ELS program at Tufts and professor of the practice at the Gordon Institute

“We’re birthing companies. We [at the ELS Program] and other schools in the university know this is more important than the money … It’s really about the connections and the experience,” Derby said. “If you have connections and experience, the money will follow. So what we have here is a tremendous amount of connections, in professors, the administration, alumni, in board members and experiences for these teams to be exposed to.”

Josh Kapelman (LA '12) ELS board members Kapelman Daniel Weinstein UCHU BioSensors, a team that won the ELS program's Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize in 2017,

“It's an opportunity to … receive comprehensive feedback from accomplished judges, make valuable connections with business people in the Boston area, and experience the amazing entrepreneurial community at Tufts,” Weinstein said. “It's not surprising, but the quality of the other teams in the competition is truly incredible."

Sohail Ali (F '19) particpated as EDKASA won the Fletcher D-Prize ELS Jamie Turner Turner Editor's Note: Zachary Hertz contributed reporting for this article.