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.


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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.

New this Fall - Undergraduate TechTrek East (ISYS3206) is a 3-credit, field-study course combining class work with a weekend field study in New York City and several local Boston trips. During the trips students will meet with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in technology industry firms. While focusing on the tech industry, TechTrek is designed to appeal to all majors. Course work and visits will have a managerial focus, highlighting executive, marketing, finance, operations, and R&D functions. For more information regarding application deadlines, pricing and schedule, click the application button below.

TechTrek Boston sessions are held nearly every Friday afternoon during the academic year. 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.


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Shea TechTrek West 2018 Blog
Tech Trek Takeaways  Link to article
Through our trip to New York City and to Boston, we were given the opportunity to meet with 23 different companies and hear from eight different CEO’s or Co-founders dir...
November 06, 2018
Keegan Doyle
Mobile Payments: Who wins, who loses, what’s next?  Link to article
Before the start of the semester, I knew next to nothing about FinTech. It wasn’t until our trip to New York, and the panel we attended, that I really began to gain an u...
November 05, 2018
Aidan Fitzpatrick
The Complex World of Automotive Tech  Link to article
When people talk about “tech” in the world of cars, a few things normally come to mind. People think of Elon Musk, Tesla, and the seemingly distant future of auton...
November 02, 2018
Keegan Doyle