Jumbo Cafe Workshops

You are interested in learning about innovation and entrepreneurship – but it’s hard to find time. But surely you can find an hour a week to learn over lunch. That’s what the Jumbo Cafe workshops are designed for.

We offer themed series of 5-7 virtual workshops per semester, in coordination with our two pitch competitions, the Ideas Competition in the Fall and the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition in the Spring. These workshops are delivered by faculty, experienced entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the community.

Bring your lunch, turn on your computer, learn a skill and meet like minded people!

Innovating with Impact Series

The Jumbo Cafe “Innovating with Impact” series is a set of five consecutive workshops designed to help aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs find a problem worth solving, then learn to develop and pitch a solution to that problem. The workshops include:

  • September 22, 2021 • 12pm: Choosing a problem worth solving (virtual)
  • October 6, 2021 • 12pm: Understanding the problem (virtual)
  • October 13, 2021 • 12pm: Building the right solution (virtual)
  • October 20, 2021 • 12pm: Driving user adoption (virtual)
  • October 27, 2021 @12pm: Pitching with passion (in person/hybrid)

Venture Creation Series

The Jumbo Cafe “Venture Creation” series are hand-on workshops that help entrepreneurs to work on practical skills and techniques in the context of their own new venture.  Each workshop is one hour long (12-1pm), followed by an optional 30 minute long Ask Me Anything (AMA) session (1-1:30pm).

  • February 2, 2022 @12pm: Segmentation and Market Selection
  • February 9, 2022 @12pm: Solution and Differentiation
  • February 16, 2022 @12pm: Go to market strategy & Business Model
  • February 23, 2022 @12pm: Making Money!
  • March 2, 2022 @12pm: Pitching your venture
  • March 9, 2022 @12pm: Team and culture
  • March 16, 2022 @12pm: Funding your venture

Fall 2020 “Getting Started” series

The Jumbo Cafe “Getting started” series is a set of five consecutive workshops designed to help aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs find a problem worth solving, then learn to develop and pitch a venture idea around the solution to that problem. The workshops include:

  • September 30, 2020 • 12pm: “How Do I Start?” Ideating Problems Worth Solving
  • October 7, 2020 • 12pm: Understanding the Market and Customer
  • October 14, 2020 • 12pm: Developing and Testing a Solution That Delivers Real Value
  • October 21, 2020 • 12pm: Developing a Financially Sustainable Venture (For-Profit… Non-Profit… Anything)
  • October 28, 2020 @12pm: Storytelling Workshop

Spring 2021 “Deep Dive” Series

The Jumbo Cafe “Deep Dive” series is a set of seven hand-on workshops for venture builders who are working on an entrepreneurial project. You will be using your own ventures to work on practical skills and techniques.  Each workshop is one hour long (12-1pm), followed by an optional 30 minute long Ask Me Anything (AMA) session (1-1:30pm) where you can get 1×1 help from our entrepreneurial coaches on the topic of the day.

  • February 3, 2021 @12pm: Market sizing and analysis
  • February 10, 2021 @12pm: Competitive analysis and differentiation
  • February 17, 2021 @12pm: Go to market strategy
  • February 24, 2021 @12pm: Unit and overall economics
  • March 3, 2021 @12pm: Building a great pitch
  • March 24, 2021 @12pm: Finding cofounders and building a great team
  • March 31, 2021 @12pm: Digital Experimentation with Google Ads
  • June 3, 2021 @12pm: Entrepreneurial Law Workshop