Founder Friday: Finding Your Passion Through Entrepreneurship

Join us this Friday, 10/19 (Family Weekend) to learn how
Chuck Davis ’82 found a passion for startups and entrepreneurship starting with his days on College Hill.


Family Weekend Forum on Bottom-up Research

Join Danny Warshay ’87 P’20 this Saturday, 10/20 (Family Weekend) to learn how about bottom-up research, the most critical skill in entrepreneurship.


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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Using Light to See Deep Inside Our Bodies and Brains

October 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Dana M. Dourdeville Lecture on Engineering in Service to Society,"Using Light to See Deep Inside Our Bodies and Brains," given by Brown engineering alumna Mary Lou Jepsen '87 Ph.D.'97. Mary Lou Jepsen is one of the world’s foremost engineers and scientists in optics, imaging and display -- inventing at the edge of what…

Amy Wolf ’90: Office Hours

October 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Amy Wolf '90 is a partner at Lykos Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on consumer products and retail companies in the lower mid-market. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Hex Performance Detergent, Dancing Deer Baking Co. and Premama Wellness (founded by a Brown alum). Prior to investing in consumer…

Startup Studio: Positioning Your Start-Up For Success – Key Legal Issues When Starting a Business

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop will cover all the legal issues you need to think about when starting a business. Should you form a corporation or an LLC? Should you incorporate in Rhode Island, Delaware, or somewhere else? What agreements should you sign with your co-founders and initial employees and consultants? How do you issue stock? How should…

Office Hours with Stephanie Singer ’04

October 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Stephanie Singer '04 focuses her practice on advising entrepreneurs, startups and high growth companies with respect to corporate law matters throughout their life cycle. She represents technology and life sciences companies of all sizes in a range of industries, advising clients on formation, equity-related matters, corporate governance, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and ongoing…

Funding the Future: How to Raise Money from Angel Investors

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Slater Technology Fund and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship are co-hosting a panel of angel investors. The investors will offer practical and valuable insights for entrepreneurs seeking angel funding. The session is designed to de-mystify how to raise money from angel investors and explore a few of the idiosyncrasies of that particular capital source. Moderated…

Founder Friday: Chuck Davis ’82, Finding Your Passion through Entrepreneurship

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register for the event, here! For many students, finding your passion often feels like an aspiration. For others, like serial CEO Chuck Davis '82, P'13, P'16, it's a way of life, that started back in his days on College Hill. Chuck will impart tips for students and parents on how to enjoy and have fruitful careers…

Danny Warshay ’87 P’20 Family Weekend Forum Bottom-Up Research

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Professor Danny Warshay, Executive Director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, will lead a spirited workshop about the most critical skill in entrepreneurship – “bottom-up research.” This is the first step in the three-step Entrepreneurial Process that Danny teaches to aspiring entrepreneurs at Brown and all over the world. As opposed to the myth…

Marianna Zaslavsky: Office hours

October 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Marianna has a long-standing passion for mentorship and entrepreneurship. She started her startup career in middle school, selling pre-clipped newspaper coupons for things like cereal and candy. While that business didn't take off beyond middle school, she has since worked for several VC-backed startups, venture funds and has advised numerous early-stage founders. She is currently…

Greg Thorson ‘83: Office Hours

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Greg Thorson founded Environmental Lights and has run several other successful companies in manufacturing, distribution and internet commerce. Environmental Lights provides LED lighting systems to lighting designers, OEMs, contractors, major network studios and television set designers and other professionals, and has been an Inc5000 company for years. He received an Sc. B. in Electrical Engineering…

Startup Studio: Lessons from the Product Development Trenches – Learning From The Mistakes of Others

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

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” - Brandon Hull Ximedica's Principal of Research and Product Strategy, Jessica Pichs, shares lessons from the front end of product development. She reviews interesting and exotic product design failures and discusses how they relate to design best practices…

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