Overview

The DEN is a department of the College within the Office of the Provost. It works with students, faculty, researchers and clinicians, staff, and alumni from all the schools at Dartmouth, as well as clinicians and researchers at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), and the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center to support entrepreneurial initiatives and facilitate integrated efforts toward entrepreneurship education and commercial implementation.

The DEN provides:

  • Education
    The DEN offers hands-on educational experiences and advice in business development, complemented by traditional classroom-based programs and student independent studies. The Network hosts workshops, seminars, and campus-wide entrepreneurship conferences. The office also offers internships, and conducts research focused on startup and pre-startup businesses.

  • Business development commercialization
    The DEN helps develop ideas into focused and successful businesses or non-profit organizations. Drawing on an extensive network of alumni and others with domain experience, the Network offers a wide range of services, including strategic advice, mentoring and networking opportunities. Other services available through the Network include access to student projects on business issues, space, communications, and support securing financing in some cases.

  • Strategy
    The DEN works with others within the College and the DHMC in developing strategies and plans for commercialization-related programs on and near the campus. The program works with all the schools at Dartmouth - the College Arts and Sciences, the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Medical School, as well as the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and hospital – to help facilitate cooperation among members of the community and their alumni on projects of mutual benefit.


Since January 2001, the office has provided support for over 500 projects and companies, many of which have successfully formed operating companies, raised private equity or other funding, and/or commenced operations and revenue-generating sales. The DEN’s role in company formation has ranged from casual advisor to central instigator and facilitator in development of concepts and corporate execution. The College maintains a policy of strict separation of finances and operations between itself and the companies associated with the DEN.

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