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Entrepreneurship at MCC

Middlesex Community College is among the region's leaders in entrepreneurial education. Our faculty members are a diverse mix with experience in starting businesses and consulting with a broad range of business leaders in helping launch new innovative products and services.

The curriculum at MCC is action-oriented, interlaced with experiential learning and studies designed to help students acquire the tools, develop the skills, and cultivate the initiative in organizing, launching, and managing successful new ventures.

We even have a certificate program that guides you step by step to launch during the semester. The Launch Your Business Now program is also tied to an unique funding investment opportunity called the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). Students can get seed money for their business.

Launch at MCC!            Click here to go to the website for more info

Besides the Launch at MCC program, we also offer the following:

We also host several workshops, panels, and competitions throughout the year. Sign up for enews here to stay in the loop!

IDEA Center

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The IDEA Center in Henderson Hall room 117 is available for use. Need a meeting space? Looking for resources to explore ideas? Looking to discuss ideas? The IDEA Center welcomes students and faculty from across the college who want to learn more about idea generation, innovation or entrepreneurship.

The IDEA Center will connect you with resources, community, and faculty expertise dedicated to promoting your journey as an entrepreneurial student.

Faculty leaders serve to inspire and mentor students in both for profit ventures as well as non-profit and social awareness initiatives by fostering a wide range of activities that are collaborative, hands-on and results-driven. Students typically attend conferences and participate in competitions that allow them to engage their entrepreneurial interests through a variety of experiences. For more information about the club, contact Professor Stacie Hargis

Also visit our IDEA Center website for the newest info and events! 

Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund

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Middlesex Community College has received a $250,000 grant from the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). The EEVF grant will be used to help student entrepreneurs start or grow a small business, including one year of concentrated business mentoring to ensure rapid success.

The mission of the EEVF is to launch committed community-college entrepreneurs into business, with a focus on community-based start-ups, scale-ups of existing student businesses, and the implementation of proven, replicable business models.

"This grant award from the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund will provide a tremendous boost to our Entrepreneurship Program and assist student entrepreneurs in their efforts to start innovative businesses," said Dr. James Mabry, MCC President. "Working with our talented faculty, students will be well equipped to jump into the rich start-up environment in the Middlesex region."
The EEVF grant award was based on MCC's work with community-based entrepreneurs, and serves as a testament to the quality and growth of the college's Entrepreneurship Program and faculty. Grant funds are limited to current students and qualified alumni. The EEVF grant is the first venture-fund grant in Massachusetts to be used exclusively to launch small community-based entrepreneurs, and will be administered through the MCC Foundation.

"Middlesex is one of only four colleges in the United States to receive this prestigious grant award," said Judith Hogan, MCC's Dean of Business, Legal Studies & Public Service. "We have been a leader in entrepreneurship programming for more than 40 years, and these funds will allow us to expand our student support, and help launch additional businesses across our Bedford and Lowell communities," continued Hogan. "We are exceedingly grateful for the confidence EEVF has placed in us."

The grant will include a strong community-engagement component from planning through well after business launch, with mentors and matching funds coming from the local business community.

"We are pleased to partner with Middlesex Community College based on its successful efforts to provide student entrepreneurs with business planning, venture financing, and post-launch community mentoring as part of its Entrepreneurship Program," said Chip Weismiller of the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund. "The grant award will also continue MCC's great work with community-based entrepreneurs, and will cultivate new business talent in the region."

Student and alumni recipients of EEVF seed grants will be required to complete one of the following academic requirements at MCC: 1) the new16-credit Launch Your Business Now Certificate Program; or 2) a minimum of three Entrepreneurship courses, including "Entrepreneurship & Opportunity" (BUS 211), "Entrepreneurship in Action" (BUS 216), and "Entrepreneurship LaunchPad" (BUS 218).

The EEVF is a million-dollar venture fund established to provide seed grants to four community-college foundations for community-based new business start-ups. In addition to MCC, the EEVF has awarded three similar grants this year to Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Bay, Fla.; Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.; and Wayne State Community College in Detroit, Mich.
The Middlesex Community College Foundation was created to enlist private sector support in furtherance of the educational and charitable purposes of MCC. Since 1988, the MCC Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, the proceeds of the college's annual Celebrity Forum, Annual Fund, as well as other programs and campaigns.

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!

Last Modified: 9/18/19