Suffolk

E-Clinic

Become a capstone client. The E-Clinic at Suffolk University is the intersection between academic disciplines and the Boston entrepreneurial community. The E-Clinic leverages the knowledge and passion of undergraduate entrepreneurship majors and other disciplines to assist small businesses and startups accomplish various objectives, including: new opportunities, growth, product development, planning, etc.

Where is the E-Clinic?

The E-Clinic is housed in the Center for Entrepreneurship at One Beacon, right in Downtown Boston. The E-Clinic shares space with the Center’s Prototyping E-Lab to provide additional resources that may be used in the area of new product development and business opportunities.

What are the E-Clinic's Hours?

The E-Clinic is open concurrently with the entrepreneurship capstone academic schedule.

The schedule for the 2016-17 academic year is projected as follows:

Application Deadline Semester Starts/End Day(s) Time(s)
Fall 2016 8/30/16 8/31/16 - 12/12/16 Mondays &
Wednesdays
1:40pm - 2:55pm
Spring 2017 1/10/17 1/17/17 - 5/3/17 Mondays &
Wednesdays

Tuesdays &
Thursdays
10:50am - 1:30pm


9:25am - 10:40am
Summer 2017 5/10/17 5/22/17 - 8/24/17 TBD TBD

How are Clients Selected for the E-Clinic?

Boston-area startups and small businesses are welcome to apply. Clients are selected based on the industry, size and complexity of each project that is feasible with the semester’s capacity. We also look for clients who will be actively engaged throughout the semester, as their project warrants. While projects can be commenced during the fall and summer semesters, most projects are accepted and completed during the spring semester. Clients can be engaged for multiple semesters and have multiple projects, although our vetting criteria will still apply. An applicant is not a client until the acceptance process has been completed. The Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to defer or decline applications at its sole discretion. Approved clients are required to sign the E-Clinic Terms Agreement before commencing any engagement.

Are there Costs to E-Clinic Clients?

Services are provided pro bono by students as part of their undergraduate academic degree. The Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, who also serves as the instructor for the related academic courses is also pro bono. Any fees, such as the use of 3D technology, third-party professionals, etc., are the responsibility of the client. (We will provide you with an E-Clinic Use agreement prior to incurring any billable costs.) Donations to the Center for Entrepreneurship are always appreciated.

What is the Typical Engagement Process?

Weeks 1 - 4
(Summer Weeks 1 & 2)

Students will be in project management and consulting training. During this time, clients begin each semester (typically the first four weeks of each semester – two for the summer semester) with a skills-based primer in the functional areas of business and training on managing projects. During this time, clients will be interviewing and selecting team leaders and outlining what is a draft project scope.

Weeks 5 - 6
(Summer Weeks 3 & 4)

Clients continue working with student teams on finalizing project scope and project plan. Both documents require client and student team approval. The project scope determines the deliverables throughout the semester. The project plan is used by the student teams to manage the project.

Weeks 7 - 12
(Summer Weeks 5 - 9)

Student teams provide status reports to the class and client, in addition to any agreed-upon deliverables.

Week 13
(Summer Week 9)

Student teams present their final reports to their client. Client completes his/her assessment and determines if he/she accepts, revises, or rejects the student team’s findings. Students complete their clinic assessment survey and results are provided to student teams. This ends the client engagement for this semester. Continuing clients repeat the process the following semester with new student teams.

Intellectual Property and Confidential Information

Students, faculty and employees of Suffolk University do not sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements as part of this engagement. Therefore, it is the client’s responsibility to protect its intellectual property and confidential information.

Sign Up for the E-Clinic

Please click the buttons below to view the E-Clinic's overview, schedule, and project proposal form. Please attach any completed project form(s) in an email to Jason Stenson (jrstenson@suffolk.edu).

E-Clinic Overview
E-Clinic Client Meeting Schedule
E-Clinic Project Proposal Form