Tufts University is a private research university in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts. A charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts College was founded in 1852 by Christian universalists who worked for years to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning. For more than a century, Tufts was a small New England liberal arts college until its transformation into a larger research university in the 1970s. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines, and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

From a nationwide perspective, U.S. News & World Report categorizes Tufts as "most selective," which is the highest degree of selectivity the magazine offers. In addition, Tufts is considered one of the Hidden Ivies of the Northeastern United States.

Tufts Gordon Institute

Tufts Gordon Institute provides knowledge right when you need it, from workshops to full degree programs. They are all taught by faculty with industry experience so you can lead teams, deliver new products within a Fortune 500 company, or even launch your own venture.

Even in today's digital age, tech-driven organizations are powered by people; that’s why the Tufts Gordon Institute develops leaders. The Gordon Institute provides leaders with hands-on experience into the entire business cycle, empowering those who want to drive high-impact change and make the world a better place.

Maverick VR

General Manager: Grant Steinhauer

Founded in 2016, Maverick VR provides and deploys custom virtual reality experiences for companies that want to maximize their time at trade shows and conferences. We had a chance to catch up with Tufts Alumni, Venture for America Fellow, and Maverick VR’s General Manager, Grant Steinhauer, to get the inside scoop on the startup’s backstory, unique value proposition, and overall growth strategy.


Founders: Ian Leaman, Ethan Kopit, and Jon Arbaugh

Acenna, an RDV-backed startup out of Tufts University, aims to reduce the complexities of data collection and analysis through the use of artificial intelligence and augmentation software.

The best part? Acenna creates company profiles to ensure that all components are completely personalized and that the program functions based solely on the needs of the specific business. The implementation of Artificial Intelligence on the research and internal data of these companies assists in providing a better customer experience whilst subsequently increasing revenue.

College Outside

Founder: Sarah Lockwood

Founded in 2015, College Outside helps collegiate outdoor groups purchase high-quality gear and accessories at a discounted rate from top brands. Based in Carpinteria, CA, the startup has grown quickly over the last six years and now partners with hundreds of universities all across the country.