Summer Venture Program

A 10-week intensive experience designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures.

The Summer Venture Program (SVP) is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. Each year approximately 15 teams are chosen among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson College, F.W. Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College.

Teams receive free housing, 24/7 workspace downtown, dedicated advisors, expert speakers/mentors, and world-class programming that leverage the resources of the Blank Center. As teams work to build their businesses, they make invaluable connections to potential customers, partners, investors, and industry influencers. At the culmination of the program, teams present at the Summer Venture Showcase to an audience of over 400 members of the Babson and local startup communities. Although the value of a transformative experience on an entrepreneur is priceless, each Babson Summer Venture team receives services with a market value of at least $200K

Info Sessions: Monday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Summer Catalyst:

  • Monday, May 17 – Friday, July 23
  • Programming will take place Monday – Thursday, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Entrepreneurial Co-op Opportunities

Due to an increased need for co-op opportunities, the Simone Center, working with the Office of Career Services & Co-op, is expanding access to its entrepreneurship and innovation programs.  If you’re part of a team seeking entrance into the Summer 2021 Accelerator Program, please click here to apply now. If you are an individual, who lost their co-op opportunity or has been unable to locate one, please contact Evan Vershay ( The Simone Center will seek to identify an existing team to employ your expertise.

Start Your Business at RIT

Do you have an intriguing business concept with an early-stage business plan? Are you looking to work on this during the academic year and earn a stipend to do so?

The Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is pleased to host the RIT Student Accelerator Program. This initiative is a full-time intense semester-long program aimed at assisting entrepreneurs and innovators in developing their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin to seek angel investment. The program offers instruction across a range of subjects relevant to startups, including:

  • Customer discovery
  • Prototyping
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Seeking investment capital

Applications for the next term are now open! Please use the following link to apply.

Summer Accelerator

The Ain Center is partnering with RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to bring a fantastic opportunity to University of Rochester students this summer! 

The Ain Center will be working with the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to offer RIT’s Saunders Student Accelerator Program to select University of Rochester student teams. This program, run by the Simone Center, is a full-time intense summer-long commitment. The accelerator assists entrepreneurs and innovators in developing their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin to seek angel investment. The program offers instruction across a range of subjects relevant to startups, including:

  • The business concept
  • Customer discovery
  • Business entity formation
  • Intellectual property
  • Pursuing investment capital

To be eligible, teams must be made up entirely of students, all members must still be students at the completion of the Accelerator, and teams must have a minimum of two students but no more than four students. Please reach out to the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship if you are interested in this opportunity!


University of Wisconsin Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic—in partnership with University Research Park, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and local entrepreneurs—is launching a summer accelerator program to help 11 promising entrepreneurs get their companies up and running. The program offers a big boost to participating startups: each receives free legal advice and mentoring, office space, and up to $10,000 of seed funding to develop their business. The funding, made available by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, will be disbursed in increments as clients meet pre-determined benchmarks. In-kind contributions have also been secured from sources including the Bradley Foundation, University Research Park and gener8tor, a Madison and Milwaukee-based startup accelerator.


We are a diverse group of entrepreneurs, freelancers, innovators and remote workers who value being part of a vibrant community of innovative thinkers. Located in University Research Park, Madworks Coworking provides a professional work environment that fosters creativity and productivity.

Summer Accelerator

Work on your idea full-time through the Summer Accelerator!

BU students and recent alumni (one year since graduating) can start transforming their early-stage venture ideas (creative, tech, social, consumer) into impact through our 10-week guided accelerator program.

Summer Launchpad

NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) is an immersive 9-week accelerator for scalable startups led by NYU students (including those graduating in ’21) and researchers. 10 teams receive one-on-one coaching with NYC investors and entrepreneurs, immersive customer development training, legal and accounting services via McCarter & English and EisnerAmper, and $10,000 in non-dilutive funding, all in a dynamic, community-minded atmosphere. This has culminated in enormous value to past teams, with ’18, ’19, and ’20 Summer Launchpad participants rating the program a 9.8/10 average Net Promoter Score!

The next Summer Launchpad will start on the week of Monday, June 14 and end on the week of Friday, Aug 13, and the 2021 program will be held virtually so all Global NYU community members are welcome to apply!Applications are not yet live and will be due Monday, March 22nd.

Watching an info session is mandatory prior to applying. If you can’t make any of the info sessions please email to receive a recording of the session.

VentureBridge Program

Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

The VentureBridge program is an initiative of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship exclusively focused on helping Carnegie Mellon alumni founders succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. The program provides seed funding, office space, access to a large network of mentors and innovators, and help with startup growth and future larger scale fundraising rounds.

Applications for the VentureBridge 2021 Summer Accelerator will open in March. 

Have a cool idea that you want to turn into a business?

The first step in taking your idea from concept to business is figuring out if you have identified a problem worth solving.

Our 4-week virtual Idea TestLab helps you:

  • get a better handle on what problem your customer really has
  • figure out where potential customers hang out
  • identify the value you can provide that others can’t

Applications Close: 11:59PM Feb 19th

Startup Summer Accelerator 

This 12-week intensive learning and leadership programme is designed to get student businesses, with high growth potential, investment ready. If you are working on your business idea and want to get investment ready, the Startup Summer Accelerator is just for you and has been described by previous participants as “the best programme in Edinburgh to accelerate your business from idea to reality”. Be inspired by local entrepreneurs and excited for investment opportunities. This 12-week intensive learning and leadership programme is designed to get student businesses, with high growth potential, investment ready.

Deadline: 11 April 2021 Applicants should hear results by the beginning of May. 

Every student with a big idea deserves a platform as bold as their vision


The Life Changing Labs Summer Accelerator Program is an 8-week program that enables founders and life changers to develop their company and consult with experts in fields ranging from legal corporations to branding and marketing. The companies engage in weekly programming sessions to practice and refine their pitches and have the opportunity to listen to influential speakers who come to share their know-how’s.

Key programming sessions include getting advice from successful entrepreneurs and learning about the core components of entrepreneurship. Founders and life changers engage in the following sessions: KPIs, legal, resources, customer discovery, branding etc. Including the lawyers from Miller Mayer, all of the speakers that come to present host weekly office hours and meet with the companies one-on-one to give advice and resources to the young entrepreneurs. The companies are greatly privileged to utilize these invaluable resources, and will continue to maintain and make new connections to broaden their knowledge and resources!

If you would like to learn more about this program, we have two upcoming information sessions:

  • Feb. 17th at 5pm EST
  • Feb. 26th at 5pm EST