Become a Startup Scout
Boston College

Explore the dynamic world of startups by becoming a VC startup scout. Expand your network, deepen your business acumen, and gain invaluable exposure to pioneering concepts. Boston College, your experience awaits.


Boston College's ecosystem for startups and venture capital (VC) is quite vibrant, driven by both the college's academic resources and supportive alumni network. The Carroll School of Management, a flagship program at Boston College, is known for fostering entrepreneurial skills among its students. It offers a range of business and entrepreneurship classes and preparatory programs, such as the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship. This Center serves as a haven for innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, providing students access to startup workshops, annual pitch competitions, mentors, and lectures from successful entrepreneurs.

The Shea Center for Entrepreneurship has been instrumental in nurturing numerous successful startups. For instance, Jebbit, a data-focused marketing platform, was founded in 2011 by Tom Coburn and Jonathan Lacoste, who were both students at Boston College at the time. Jebbit has since become one of Boston's successful tech startups, raising over $20 million in VC funding.

The alumni network of Boston College has also been instrumental in supporting the university's startup ecosystem. Alumni patronage in the form of venture capital, mentoring, and advisement has driven many Boston College startups to success. Peter Bell, a Boston College alumnus, is a notable figure in this regard. Bell is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that has invested in more than 225 companies since its inception.

Apart from fostering startups, Boston College has various initiatives to integrate students into the world of venture capital. The Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) is a key initiative in this regard. BCVC is a student-led organization that hosts a yearly pitch competition where Boston College students present their startup ideas to a panel of judges. Winning teams receive substantial cash prizes and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding during the competition's history.

In terms of particularities, Boston College's startup and VC ecosystem is defined by its strong sense of community and collaborative environment. Alumni, faculty, and students work together to cultivate a sustainable culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. This community-driven ethos gives Boston College a unique edge within the larger Boston and global startup landscape.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

Explore →

Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

Explore →

Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

Explore →

Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

Explore →

Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

Explore →

Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

Explore →

Grow Your Personal Brand

Explore →

Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Stay up to date with the latest dealflow opportunities coming out of Boston College! Connect with individuals and startups to be the first to invest in innovations and succeed in the market.

Learn More →

Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

Scout founders you interview →

Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university →

All trademarks, logos and brand names are the property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this website are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, trademarks, and brands does not imply endorsement.