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Fletcher Students Among Finalists of Annual Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition

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12 Tufts-Spun Startups Prepare to Compete For Their Shot at $100K

Twelve student- and alumni-founded startups are in the running to win big at the 10th Annual Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition. The Gordon Institute's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program announced the finalists for the 2014 contest, which is focused on fostering "big ideas" and bolstering the University's budding entrepreneurial energy.

Last year, the contest saw a record-breaking number of applicants, growing from 18 to 109. This year's pool is equally as enterprising, venturing far beyond the scope of apps, producing products ranging from a program to prepare low-income students for careers in computer programming to a distribution platform for solar lights instead.

Through the contest, startups will be given the opportunity to make their case for capital in front of an expert, networked panel of judges. Winners will walk away with cash, mentorship and other in-kind services in one of two tracks: the Classic Entrepreneurship Competition and the Social Entrepreneurship Competition.

"We're growing bigger," said James Barlow, the University's director of entrepreneurial leadership, following last year's award ceremony.

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