Breakthrough Lab, Brown University’s premiere venture accelerator, kicks off on June 4th. We are thrilled to welcome 14 student ventures to this year’s program. Our founders come from all across the Brown and RISD landscape and bring diverse perspectives, strengths, and interests to the cohort. Their innovations span business sectors from solar energy to high-energy foods, from technical clothing to big data for grocers, and from limb prostheses to internet security. Learn more about this year’s cohort.


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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Summer Sushi — Celebrating B-Lab!

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Slater Technology Fund and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship invite you to a special Summer Sushi networking event to celebrate the latest graduates of Brown University’s venture accelerator, the Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab). Join us for a fun- and fish-filled event with a mix of technologists, investors, and entrepreneurs. You’ll meet the young B-Lab entrepreneurs from Brown and RISD who are learning how to turn their innovations—spanning business sectors from solar energy to high-energy foods, from technical clothing to big data—into meaningful and…

What is Entrepreneurship?

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Brown students have long pursued ambitious solutions to challenging problems. The spirit that infuses all of this activity is one of collaboration, critical problem solving, and a commitment to interdisciplinary and creative thinking. Join the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for a workshop and panel on how you can use entrepreneurship as a tool to solve problems and create impact at scale.

Entrepreneurship Picnic

September 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

We cannot predict the future, but we can create it. Meet students from the Brown Entrepreneurship Program (EP) and the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship center staff, along with other student groups that support entrepreneurship and innovation on campus! Learn about resources, organizations, conferences from both RISD and Brown.

Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) Showcase

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

More info to come!

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…

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