Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Tuck

Visiting Speaker: Charles Preusse T’95

Charles Preusse T'95Sep 19, 2017

Charles Preusse T'95 has acted as a trusted advisor to senior executives for both multi-billion dollar companies as well as emerging growth companies for nearly three decades. He joined Ridgeway Partners in 2010 and works with companeis to solve their most complex and strategic talent challenges.


Entrepreneurship Kick-Off and Pitch Night

Recently, the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship held an “Entrepreneurship Kick-Off and Pitch Night” in the McLaughlin Atrium at Tuck.

Students in Daniella Reichstetter’s Building Entrepreneurial Ventures (BEV) class, which has only been in session for three weeks, presented their start-up company ideas to roughly eighty students, staff, faculty, and community members. It was a fantastic preview of the culminating event where students will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges!


Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum (DEN)

The Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum is a bi-annual, coast to coast conference and startup competition, taking place in the fall in San Francisco and in the spring in Hanover. This spring conference on Friday, 12 May, 2017 was bigger and better, with amazing keynote speakers, industry panel discussions, drop-in office hours with industry experts, and the must-attend startup competition.

Formerly Dartmouth Ventures, Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum | Hanover brings together the Dartmouth community from coast to coast highlighting great ideas and the network of alumni for which Dartmouth excels.

See the video below for presentations from the startup competition!


2017 Private Equity Conference

2017 Private Equity ConferenceThis invitation-only event brings together senior industry practitioners from the private equity industry and interested students for an information-packed day of keynote speeches and panel discussions. See below for past conference agendas and please contact us for sponsorship information. The conference takes place in Hanover each February. See the conference agenda.


Regional Venture Capital Investment Competition: First Place Goes to Tuck!

Tuck School of Business wins first place in the Venture Captial Investment Competition regional finals.On February 10, 2017, a team of Tuck students traveled to Boston to compete against top New England MBA programs in the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), the world’s largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities participating. Coached by the directors and two senior fellows of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship (CPEE), Tuck’s six-person team of first- and second-year students came away with a clear victory, securing them a place in the global finals in April.
The team, pictured from left to right, includes: Lauren Alpeyrie T’17, Joe Henderson T’18, Guneet Sangha T’18, Emily Snyder T’17, Jeff Mullen T’17, and Zoltan Czinkoczky T’18. Their CPEE-affiliated coaches represent both a wealth of knowledge in the industry and a real-life example of the inspiring Tuck/Dartmouth alumni network: Daniella Reichstetter T’07 and Tom Blaisdell T’89, executive directors; Richard Green D’75 and Phil Ferneau D’84, T’96, senior fellows.


1 Million Cups

Ken Martin T’17 and Steve Spangler, co-founders of Simple Science Juices, present the mission and vision of their company, Simple Science Juices, as part of 1 Million Cups (1MC), an initiative created by the Kauffman Foundation to offer local startups the opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.


The Pitch: Two Minutes to Make an Impression

Five teams from Building Entrepreneurial Ventures (Profs. Kahl & Reichstetter) won prize money this fall pitching their venture ideas at various pitch competitions around campus. In the video from The Pitch hosted by DALI, we hear from David Washer T’17, G’17, presenting his healthcare price transparency app ClearPay, the recipient of the people’s choice award. Earlier in the fall, The Yoke, Honeycomb, GeoQuiz and The DART all won DEN Founders Grant prizes. Additional prizes were awarded to four students for their Tuck Idea Generation pitches, with Shawn Li T’18, G’18 winning first place for his coffee creamer concept, Creamstick.

Student Stories

First Investment for Tuck Social Venture Fund

Last month, the Tuck Social Venture Fund (TSVF) made its first investment since its inception more than a year ago: a $25,000 convertible note in Education Modified (“EdModo”), a Boston-based start-up in the education technology space. The company, which helps teachers in improve the learning outcomes for students with special needs in their classrooms, addresses an underserved community with a differentiated product based on strong research. Read More

The Sage of Omaha: Words of Wisdom from Warren Buffett

Erica Toews T'18 describes life lessons from Warren Buffett, after the Investment Club took 20 Tuck students to Omaha, Nebraska to meet him.
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Extra-Ordinary Companies

"Led by students, Tuck industry treks are amazing ways to travel, explore industries, and engage with company leaders," says Erica Toews T'18, who returned to Hanover feeling invigorated after the entrepreneurship and venture capital (VC) trek to New York.
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Q&A: Student-Led Zippity Brings Car-Care to You

Zippity is an entrepreneurial First Year Project (FYP) that provides a subscription car-care service at one’s place of work. Zippity came to be when co-founders Russell Walker T’17 and Ed Warren T’17 realized they had the exact same idea: a subscription care-care service. Ultimately the two were put in touch, realized they were working on very similar projects, and decided to combine forces.
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Can You Start a Business in the Woods?

Justin is co-founder of Bae (Before Anyone Else), a mobile matchmaking app curated for people of color. Bae won first place at the 13th annual Dartmouth Ventures Competition and he will be pursuing the venture full time during the summer. Justin is a graduate of Harvard College (Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology).
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Building a Startup While at Tuck

FliQ is my startup. We want to change the way that people interact and exchange information. FliQ started as a pitch at a Dartmouth start-up weekend (three-day event at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) where you pitch, form a team, and work on building a company for three days). We got second place (out of 60 original ideas) and that is where I met my technical co-founder, Orestis Lykouropoulos D’17.
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