Start @ Shea Seeks to Provide Comprehensive Incubator Programs for Entrepreneurs on Campus

On Monday, Feb. 15, Start @ Shea, the student-led executive team of the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship at Boston College, organized a kick-off event for budding entrepreneurs, business aficionados, and all members of the student body interested in business development at 5:30 p.m. in Cushing 208.

Start @ Shea seeks to serve as a dynamic think-tank for entrepreneurial students at Boston College whilst promoting the role of entrepreneurs in generating economic growth and social well-being. 

Through research and communication of the positive impacts of entrepreneurs on the economy and society, Start @ Shea provides guidance and resources to abet the entrepreneurial ventures of its members whilst encouraging entrepreneurship as a career choice.

The kick-off event presented several entrepreneurship incubator programs for interested students in addition to announcing the Startup & Entrepreneurship Fair, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. The presentation was led by Andrew Kubicek, ’19, who shed light on new organizational initiatives to promote the proliferation of entrepreneurial ventures on campus: “This year, Start @ Shea wants all of its members to take as much advantage of the Shea Center’s resources as possible,” Kubicek said. “Many of our new programs, including this room [Cushing 208], are available for you to use to work on your ideas and practice presenting them.”

Three new initiatives proposed by Start @ Shea this year include Meet @ Shea, Accelerate @ Shea, and the Startup & Entrepreneurship Fair, all of which seek to serve as all-inclusive programs that encourage collaboration and networking in addition to fostering the development of a business mindset.

Meet @ Shea aims to eliminate the misconception that entrepreneurship is an enterprise limited to business students or males, and seeks to bring students of all backgrounds and majors together for a day-long program geared towards developing key problem-solving skills. “Meet @ Shea is all about collaboration,” Kubicek said. “The goal is to interact with students of different backgrounds, majors, and career goals to develop problem-solving skills and address the challenges of managing enterprises today.”

The program currently includes students majoring in economics, computer science, education, management, communications, and political science. Centered around hands-on, interactive workshops, Meet @ Shea is built around social work principles like “Root Cause” and addresses the challenge of managing pressing issues for enterprises today such as inequality, justice, and sustainability.

Accelerate @ Shea is a program through which fourteen teams will be selected to spend six weeks transforming their entrepreneurial ideas into leading-edge businesses. Members will benefit from workshops on the legal, accounting, market research-oriented aspects of managing enterprises, and will have access to mentors in the form of current entrepreneurs, faculty members, and business developers.

“Accelerate @ Shea is an incubator program for entrepreneurs who are ready to take their ideas to the next level,” Kubicek said. “Start @ Shea wants to provide thorough mentorship and resources for students to be able to bring their concepts to life.”

The Startup & Entrepreneurship Fair, hosted in conjunction with the Boston College Career Center, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Corcoran Commons. It will feature opportunities for students from all academic backgrounds who are looking for internships or wish to learn more about the entrepreneurial culture on campus. The companies attending the Startup & Entrepreneurship Fair include Jebbit, Swipely, Goji, Venture for America, and Testive.

A comprehensive listing of the companies that are attending and the internships available at each firm may be found at the Start @ Shea website:

Startup Fair