Breakthrough Lab Venture Showcase

Join the Nelson Center and 2018 Breakthrough Lab for a fun and celebratory night of venture pitching! The Venture Showcase is a significant milestone for B-Lab ventures that spent their summer in Providence exploring, researching, and developing solutions to a host of pressing problems.

SEPTEMBER 20th, 6:00-9:00 pm

Our first Entrepreneur in Residence:
Jessica Kim '00

We’re thrilled to announce the Nelson Center’s inaugural Entrepreneur In Residence, Jessica Kim ’00. Jessica will be joining us this year to to help our founders and their ventures.


The Brown Venture Founders Program

The Brown Venture Founders is a new program of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Slater Fund, to support new Brown graduates who are building startups in Rhode Island.


Looking For a Course?

We’ve collected a variety of courses related to entrepreneurship, many based on feedback we’ve received from students. If you are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, this list is the place to start.



We are thrilled to announce that the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship will have a dedicated home on Thayer Street. This building will do so much more than to provide physical space; it will further our mission of making entrepreneurship an essential part of the Brown experience.



Brown has always been fertile ground for entrepreneurship. It’s true for the students who choose to study here, for the faculty who teach and conduct their research here, and for our alumni once they leave College Hill.



Entrepreneurship is an increasingly global endeavor with connections that span far beyond College Hill. The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship — in conjunction with BrownConnect and other partners — supports a variety of programs and initiatives that support students exploring these critical linkages from Stockholm to Silicon Valley. While we are just getting started, we expect that students will increasingly work on problems across borders and these programs enable them to do so in a way that is inspired and informed.

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Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Featuring: Visiting guest speaker: Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield What happens to black professionals in a new economy where the social contract between organizations and labor is increasingly frayed? In an era of technological advancement, diminishing protections for workers, and growing income inequality, organizations today prioritize shedding labor, cutting costs, and increasing shareholder returns. These changes mean that even in “good jobs,” workers have fewer protections from downsizing or termination, rely heavily on social networks when seeking employment, change jobs more…

Brett Kempker: Office Hours

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Brett works on the talent team at Venture For America and is excited to recruit the Class of 2019. After being at VFA for over a year, he's helped recruit and select Fellows, guide them through the startup match process, and get them startup-ready at VFA's Training Camp in Detroit. Sign up for his office hours, here! 

John Ireland ’86: Office Hours

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

John Ireland is the President of Upfront Analysis. Upfront Analysis provides strategic and business development solutions and services to entrepreneurs, startups and existing companies large and small across the United States. John has held positions as CEO, CFO, COO and Director of Business Development in both private and public corporations in several verticals. He has worked in many industries helping companies prosper. Various companies include a solar thermal company, a privately held software company, an electronics company, an electronic component manufacturer,…

Founder Friday: Yelitsa Jean-Charles ’16 RISD

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Beyond Niche: The Power of Community and Demand Yelitsa Jean-Charles '16 RISD is the founder of Healthy Roots. Her talk will focus on building a product for specific consumer markets that are overlooked, undervalued but have mighty buying power. Yelitsa never had a doll that looked like her growing up. The one time her parents gave her a black doll, she burst into tears because it wasn’t the “pretty one”. Since then, Yelitsa has made it her goal to make sure…

Roundtable Discussion with Yelitsa Jean-Charles ’16 RISD

September 28 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Brown EP and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship are proud to host a roundtable discussion with Yelitsa Jean-Charles RISD '16. Yelitsa will sit down with 8 selected students who will have a candid and informal discussion. Yelitsa is the founder of Healthy Roots, 2015 B-Lab alumna and former Swearer Center Social Innovation Fellow. She is also a current Venture for America fellow and can share how she built a product with a mighty buying power, for an often overlooked and…


September 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

REGISTER HERE! Registration closes at 5:00 PM on 9/22.  Startup@Brown is a day-long conference on Saturday, September 29 at Brown University that brings together innovative startups and talented students. Come to learn about startups and their stories. Leave with a new perspective and your next summer internship or full-time job. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jessica Kim ‘00, Founder of BabbaCo & now Ianacare Arnell Millhouse, Founder of ⟨IntraCity⟩ geeks and CareerDevs

Albert Dong ’19: Office Hours

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Albert Dong is a Design Partner at Dorm Room Fund (DRF), an early-stage VC fund that invests exclusively in student entrepreneurs. DRF currently has a total portfolio valuation of over $1B. Albert has a strong background in design and funding strategy in the pre-seed space, working with bootstrapped startups as well as YC-backed companies. Sign-up for his office hours here!

The Fierce Urgency of HOW: A talk by Dov Seidman

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Unprecedented and unfamiliar forces are reshaping our world, our institutions and our leadership faster than we seem able to reshape ourselves. With one click, the dreams, frustrations, plights, and behaviors of others are experienced viscerally and directly on our screens. With just one swipe, we can summon strangers into our intimate proximity. Simultaneously, any one of us can see into the innermost workings of once opaque organizations and importantly, into the attitudes and behaviors of their leaders. These very forces…

Get Started RI: Pitch Competition

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition finalists have been selected! Register here!  The event will be held at the WaterFire Arts Center and will feature seven companies, which will compete for a prize package valued at up to $50,000. The following companies were selected: Medley Genomics – A company dedicated to addressing the challenges of genomic heterogeneity in the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases. Racer X Inc. – The creators of the Snap4That app, designed to allow companies…

A Sea Change: The Convergence of Life Sciences and Technology

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are businesses at the convergence of technology and life sciences getting early-stage funding globally? Are global life sciences companies looking to be innovators by involving AI, the cloud, and machine learning to play a role in drug discovery? Does a culture that encourages failure also favor innovation? These are some questions that will be discussed throughout the workshop on the ever-changing world of entrepreneurship and STEM. Kris Brown '89, workshop host, will highlight case studies involving medical devices, robotics/AI and…

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