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Entrepreneurship at MCC

Middlesex Community College is among the region's leaders in entrepreneurial education. Our faculty members offer a diverse mix of experience 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 to organize, launch, and manage successful new ventures.

Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator
Professor Stacie Hargis

Academic Programs

  • Associate of Science in Business Entrepreneurship, a two-year degree with core classes to start a business. Click here to find out more in the catalog.
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate is an excellent add on to any Associate Degree offered here at MCC or for anyone interested in entrepreneurship but not immediately launching a business. Click here to find out more in the catalog.
  • Launch Your Business Now Certificate (LYBN) is an action packed semester that has you start your business as you go through the courses. This program is ideal for anyone looking to launch within the next 4 - 12 months or for those already operating and are looking to grow the business. Click here to find out more in the catalog then visit the Launch at MCC website to learn more about this robust and exciting program.
    • In 2018 we introduced the Launch Your Business Now Certificate (LYBN) Program. Designed to be completed over the course of 1 or 2 semesters, it is a 16-credit academic certificate program that provides the knowledge and tools needed to launch or grow a small business and seek seed money – or growth funding – depending on business needs and goals. Please see unique funding options below.
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration Transfer, a two-year degree with general education courses to satisfy the first two years of a bachelor degree. This is for students interested in transferring to a four year school. Click here for more info. You can still take entrepreneurship courses that will satisfy this degree. If you are interested in doing an entrepreneurship track with your business transfer degree, please reach out directly to Professor Hargis.

Unique Funding Options

  • All of our academic programs are financial aid eligible. Please visit the MCC Financial Aid Office and fill out a FAFSA.
  • Middlesex Community College also offers scholarship opportunities specific to the LYBN program:
    • Through a Cummings Foundation grant, 3 students each semester over the FY21-FY23 school years are eligible to become a “Cummings Scholar'' and receive scholarship for courses to complete the LYBN certificate.
    • Scholarship application deadline to apply: 6 pm Wed, August 31st for Fall 2022. 

The Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) is an innovative fund started in Fall 2018 through a generous grant. This fund acts as the "friends and family" round of seed funding for our entrepreneurs. Many budding entrepreneurs don't have access to deep pockets through home-ownership and savings to leverage when going to the bank for funding. This happens at the beginning, when growing, and in the case of the pandemic, when in need of sustaining funds too.

Students in the LYBN cohort* are eligible to pitch to MCC’s Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF). This is a unique fund created to provide non-equity seed money, similar to a “friends and family” round of funding, to help students in their initial growth stages. Students can ask for seed funding in the range of $1,000 to $5,000 in a competitive pitch competition in the semester they complete their core courses. The EEVF bases awards on the student’s business potential and demonstrated business need. Often, this funding is used to leverage more capital as needed.

Since Fall 2018, students in the LYBN cohort have been awarded over $200,000 in seed funding. In Fall 2021, we are pleased to announce that we have received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. This grant money will be used to sustain the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund and provide even more opportunities for budding and growing entrepreneurs. More information about this amazing opportunity from the Cummings Foundation HERE.

*LYBN cohort must have completed the following 3 core courses: BUS 211, BUS 216, & BUS 218

Learn more about the EEVF by visiting the Launch at MCC website.
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  • Any MCC Student interested in exploring entrepreneurship may apply for a Student Venture Fund friendly loan, made available by the Idea Center. Learn more below.

Other programming

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

IDEA Center

IDEA Center Logo, lightbulb with name of center and "Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Assistance" in a banner going across

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.

  • Attend conferences and panels of speakers
  • Participate in competitions that allow students to engage their entrepreneurial interests through a variety of experiences
  • Each fall MCC partners with UMass Lowell to offer the DifferenceMaker programming, a multi-campus-wide team based competition that engages college students through in creative problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Apply for funding through the Student Venture Fund.Learn more here.

For more information, visit the IDEA Center website for the newest info and events!

Last Modified: 2/17/22