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Center History

The Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship was established in the fall of 1998 with seed funding from Tuck alumnus and Board of Overseers member John H. Foster T'67. An advisory board of distinguished alumni and industry practitioners provided guidance and financial support for the development of the Center. The Center's initial focus was to bring together Tuck and Dartmouth students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners to advance their understanding of key issues in the private equity industry.

In 2001 the Center began several multi-year national research, survey and publication initiatives oriented toward assessing best practices in the private equity industry initially in three key areas: valuation, governance and risk management. The Center has conducted industry surveys, hosted practitioner conferences, and published numerous articles, reports, cases, and technical notes on these major research themes.

In 2003 the Center also assumed a role as the central point of coordination for entrepreneurship activities at Tuck. In recognition of that role and the Center's ongoing and new initiatives in entrepreneurship, the Center added "entrepreneurship" to its name. Ongoing programs include the Tuck Entrepreneurial Internship Program (co-sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation) and the annual Greener Ventures campus-wide conference. Recent initiatives include the Tuck Incubator Program and a NASDAQ funded study of entrepreneurial exit strategies.

The Center works closely with national and international media that cover private equity. Center faculty produce articles for major private equity publications and contribute to articles on contemporary private equity developments. Publications include The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Venture Capital Journal, Private Equity International, and The Daily Deal. The Center is developing a series of academic and industry conferences that will expand the links among Tuck, entrepreneurial leaders, and the global private equity industry.

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