Build the Next Big Thing

Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) is an intensive 8-week summer accelerator program in Providence, designed to support student entrepreneurs developing high-impact ventures. We provide venture space, mentorship, and a $4k stipend per student. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


Brown Venture Prize: Up to $50k Awarded in Prize Money

The Brown Venture Prize is designed to empower the most advanced entrepreneurial ventures by Brown students.The deadline to apply is February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM. And make sure to save the date for Pitch Night, which will take place on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 PM. Don’t miss the top 8 ventures pitch!


Introducing Van Wickle Ventures

Van Wickle Ventures’ (VWV) is a student-run venture fund that invests at the seed and pre-seed stage in Brown-affiliated companies. Meet the first cohort of students, as well as the investment committee, behind the fund.


Apply to International Summer Internships

The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship — in conjunction with BrownConnect  — offers Startup Internship Signature Programs where students can explore the critical linkages from Stockholm to Israel. The deadline to apply for summer internships is February 21, 2019.


Upcoming Events: Startup Studio

Join us and the co-founders of NAIL Communications for the first Startup Studio of the semester: Branding – The Secret Sauce.


Our Thayer Street Home

We are thrilled to announce that the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship will have a dedicated home at the center of college hill. 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.



“We do “hubs” really well. Our Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is fast becoming one of the most impactful hubs on campus. There, students hatch ideas, launch ventures, and hone entrepreneurial skills — not just in business, but in how business can transform lives.”

– President Christina Paxson

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NYC Synapse Trip

January 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Classes Resume

January 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion with Eric Goetz ’71

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

REGISTER HERE  Brown EP and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship are excited to host a roundtable discussion with Eric Goetz '71. Eric Goetz, is considered a leader in high tech composites construction worldwide. He began sailing at a young age on Manhasset Bay / Port Washington on Long Island, NY. While attending Brown University, Eric…

Naeem Zafar ’81: Virtual Office Hours

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Naeem Zafar is the Dean's teaching fellow and lecturer at University of California Berkley, and is also Professor of the Practice at Brown University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance at Brown and Berkeley. Naeem is a serial entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, a company…

Alan Harlam: Office Hours

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Alan Harlam is the Founding Director of Brown’s Social Innovation Initiative (SII) at Brown’s Swearer Center. Over the past decade, Alan has supported dozens of entrepreneurs through all stages of their startup journey with a special focus on ventures designed to address social problems. These ventures are currently impacting 10’s of thousands of people in…

Startup Studio: Branding —The Secret Sauce

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What your idea is matters almost as much as what they think it is. Investing in marketing may be the most influential way to generate growth for a new brand. And yet, due to tight budgets, limited resources and a laser focus on their new product/service, entrepreneurs tend not to prioritize this game-changing business investment.…

B-Lab & BVP Applications Are Due!

February 7 @ 11:59 pm

Applications are due today at 11:59 PM!

Leonora Valvo: Office Hours

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Leonora is the co-founder and director of Swoogo, an award-winning event marketing & event registration SaaS software platform. Before bringing Swoogo to market Leonora founded, ran and raised $23m in capital for her first venture-backed software company. With more than ten years in the event tech space and thirty as a start-up founder and small…

Entrepreneurship Signature Internships Info Session

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Israel, Stockholm and Berlin Entrepreneurship Internship Programs, with a focus on startups and technology opportunities, provides Brown students the opportunity to expand classroom knowledge to the world of business through an immersive professional experience in Tel Aviv, Stockholm and Berlin, where the startup culture flourishes. A partnership between the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and…

Startup Studio: Designing Your Life as a Startup Entrepreneur

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thinking about a path in a startup? Excited by the idea of building something from scratch, not working for anyone else, or episodes of Silicon Valley? In this pop-up workshop we’ll examine practical questions startup entrepreneurs, and early-stage startup team members, should ask before they take the plunge. • What motivates people to choose to…

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