As an alumnus, you can be a mentor, guest speaker, competition judge, and capstone client. You can also recruit Suffolk students for internship or job opportunities.
You’ve learned a lot from your experience as an entrepreneur. Now you have the chance to share that knowledge with the young, bright minds of Suffolk. Becoming a mentor is a chance to give back and help students become successive innovators.
Becoming a guest speaker for any of our entrepreneurship courses, the Entrepreneurship Club, or extracurricular events, is a rewarding and appreciated experience. While our academic program has a strong balance between practice and theory, the power of our alumni sharing your stories and the related lessons learned brings relevance to the academic and practical experience.
Our dynamic entrepreneurship faculty have adjusted course schedules or planned activities to expand guest speaking opportunities.Guest speaking is typically done in 75-minute sections in our entrepreneurship major or graduate concentration core courses.
For more information about guest speaking opportunities, please visit the Center's site.
The Center for Entrepreneurship sponsors several events during the year, creating many opportunities for you to serve as an executive or judge and to share your experience and knowledge.
Visit the E-Clinic page for more information.
Is your venture facing any challenges? Suffolk Entrepreneurship students may be able to help.
As part of our Entrepreneurship capstone requirement, undergraduate majors work on pro-bono consulting projects for actual business clients, under the direction of a faculty coach.
About 8-10 students will spend 14 weeks developing proposals for you.
- Weeks 1-2 In-class discussion consists of business and legal primers bringing together all functional areas of business in the context of solving client problems. During this phase, guest speakers from various startups speak to our students to give a more diverse business experience in preparation of working with client organizations.
- Week 3 Clients present their company and potential situations to the class with a Q&A session. There are typically 3-4 clients per semester.
- Week 4 Clients and student-consultants meet to complete an interview process, as well as develop a mutually agreed-upon statement of work.
- Weeks 5-6 Student-consultants develop their project management plans, managing their time, resources and deliverables to the client.
- Weeks 7-12 Student-consultants present their deliverables to class (clients receive a written report 48 hours before the presentation for pre-presentation comments). Student- consultants debate strategies in class to continuously improve project quality.
- Week 13 Student-consultants present their final strategies to clients in class. Clients are encouraged to attend this session to provide feedback.
Students have worked with clients, such as: the City of Newton Economic Development Commission Entrepreneurship Incubator, the Environment and Health Group, Edella, Inc., SumoSkinny, Anna’s Fried Dough, Porter’s Restaurant, Ideologie, Candy.com, and more.
Suffolk University students do not enter into nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements. As such, as a client participant in this course, you understand that any information you provide is considered public. We recommend that you keep all sensitive information confidential. However, you will need to find the balance of providing sufficient information necessary for the student-teams to provide you with a valuable end-of-semester deliverable.
For financial information, we recommend using a multiplier or divisor so you can convert financial information provided by students into data that reflects your company. You may also use percentages in place of dollars.
In addition, you understand that this is an academic exercise and that Suffolk University does represent any warranties of any kind.