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Student Groups

Computer Science Society

For students interested in technology and entrepreneurship, CSS hosts guest lectures, workshops, hackathons, collaborative projects, and more.


A graduate student club for those interested in entrepreneurship.


The Shea Center's student executive team inspiring students to make their ideas happen.

Accelerators and Incubators

SSC Summer Accelerator

A summer accelerator program for BC startups. Provides workshops, office space, coaching and $5k in seed funding.


A 9-week accelerator program that provides student startups with expert advice, space, and funding to launch and grow their business. Teams will engage with mentors in round-robin workshops and one-on-one office hour sessions. Applications open in November.

Hackathons and Competitions

Elevator Pitch Competition

Prepare a 60 second pitch for your business idea and present to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. 15 teams, $1500 in awards.

Strakosch Venture Competition

University-wide business plan competition designed to promote and support entrepreneurship. Winning team will receive $7,500, runner-up will receive $5,000, third place will receive $2000 and crowd favorite will receive $500.

University Resources

Edmund H. Shea Center for Entrepreneurship

University center that offers curricular activities, events and workshops, funding resources, and experiential programs.

BC Technology & Entrepreneurship Council (BC TEC)

Alumni council that provides career development opportunities and networking events to students interested in entrepreneurship and technology. Programming across Boston and NYC.

Startup & Entrepreneurship Fair

A career fair for those interested in joining the Boston startup community.

SSC Venture Partners

In addition to being a venture fund, SSC provides students with a robust mentor/alumni network as well as coaching, student organization partnerships, and workshops. Administers the SSC Summer Accelerator.

Lunch with an Entrepreneur

Weekly entrepreneur visits to campus hosted by the Shea Center.


Geographically focused courses that combine classroom learning on the BC campus with a field study in innovative cities nationally and internationally. The courses involve ~25 master-class sessions with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners (mostly BC alumni). Students will study tech industry strategy and competition, entrepreneurship, and venture finance.

Shea Center internship program -

For undergraduate freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Students must obtain their internship on their own. If accepted, the student will receive a stipend of $1000.00 and is required to check in once during the internship with a Shea faculty member and write 3 blog posts throughout the internship discussing what they learned.

Notable Courses

Entrepreneurial Management

Entrepreneurial Finance

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Product Planning & Strategy

Entrepreneurial Marketing

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tech Trek West

Tech Trek East

Law for the Entrepreneur

Digital Commerce

Social Media, Emerging Tech., and Digital Business

Design Thinking



University-focused venture fund investing up to $2M in emerging startups launching from the university scene around the US.

SSC Venture Partners

SSC is the premier venture fund at BC, issuing up to $50k for student or alumni startups.

Rough Draft Ventures


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