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TechTrek Programs


Graduate TechTrek will not be offered in the 2017-2018 school year

TechTrek West

BC Tech Trek
Shea Center for Entrepreneurship

TechTrek 2018 Information

For more detailed information please see below for access to applications, FAQs, and more.

Access TechTrek 2018:

Please use the following link to access Graduate and Undergraduate applications for TechTrek 2018. Users will need their BC username and password to access this site: TechTrek 2018.

Boston College and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship present TechTrek West, an award-winning course combining classroom learning on the BC campus with a week-long field study to Silicon Valley. The course involves some 20 master-class sessions with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners (nearly all sessions are led by successful BC alumni at firms from Apple to Zynga).  Students study tech industry strategy and competition, entrepreneurship, and venture finance, examining how firms go from startup to blue chip.

Undergraduate TechTrek West (ISYS3205) is competitively admitted, and is open to all BC undergraduates in all schools, sophomores to seniors. Any undergraduate who has completed a full year (two semesters) of courses at Boston College is eligible to apply for Undergraduate TechTrek West. Applications are posted, and selection takes place the mid to late October 2018. Classroom study is in the first half of spring semester, and the field study is held during undergraduate spring break.

Graduate TechTrek West (ISYS8005) is open to all Carroll School graduate students (and occasionally grad students outside the Carroll School, pending available space).  Admission is through a lottery conducted by the Carroll Graduate Dean’s office. The ISYS8005 field study also includes sessions in Seattle. Classroom study is held the second half of the fall semester, with field study travel during winter break. Graduate TechTrek will not be offered in 2018. 

Photos of recent TechTrek West field studies

For application information, questions about the program, and questions regarding the process, please contact the Information Systems Dept. Admin, Ben Horton, in Fulton 460 at or 617-552-2331.

TechTrek East

Tech Trek Boston
Tech Trek NYC

A finalist for the MITX “Best Contribution to Innovation by a University” Award, TechTrek East provides additional non-credit outlets for high-impact field learning in tech, entrepreneurship, and venture finance.

TT NYC 2016 Slides

2012 Innovation awards

TechTrek Boston sessions are held nearly every Friday afternoon during the academic year and are organized by the BC IS Academy in conjunction with the BC IS Department and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship (signup for notifications via: The City of Boston is regularly rated the Most Innovative City in America", and through this program, students leverage BC’s geographic advantage to engage area firms and executives for master-class learning sessions.  Visits are open to all BC undergrads and grad students. Visit participants are expected to research firms to maximize opportunities to engage in on-site Q&A with host firm executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners.

Photos from recent TechTrek Boston field visits

TechTrek NYC is held every Spring semester on and is organized by the BC IS Academy the BC IS Department, and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Students depart campus at roughly 4:00am via bus to New York and meet with executives at some five tech and startup firms, returning by midnight.

Photos from recent TechTrek NYC field visits

Questions can be directed to Ben Horton, Information Systems Department Assistant at or 617-552-2331




TechTrek in the press:

Entrepreneur Magazine highlights TechTrek West

Boston Herald features students trek west to tech mecca.

Business Week reporter Sarah Lacy cites her meeting with Tech Trekkers in Silicon Valley.

TechTrek and Student Success

TechTrek participants have achieved significant entrepreneurial success, winning competitions at MIT, gaining slots in Y-Combinator, Summer@Highland, and MassChallenge, launching several successful products and services, raising millions in capital, and even being named one of BusinessWeek's Young Technology Entrepreneurs of the Year. Participants have also gone on to receive internships or job offers from many host firms, including Apple, Cisco, EMC, Fidelity, Google, Highland Capital, HubSpot, Intel, Microsoft, Nintendo, SCVNGR, WePay, and Zynga.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions regarding TechTrek, please contact the Information Systems department admin in Fulton 460.