Announcing the 2019 Brown Venture Prize Winners!

The Brown Venture Prize is designed to empower the most advanced entrepreneurial ventures by Brown students. Meet the top three winners: Formally, 1st Prize – $25,000 winner; goTeff, 2nd Prize – $15,000 winner and EmboNet, 3rd Prize – $10,000 winner.


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Sign up for office hours with visiting entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Attend workshops and speaker series. Listen to interesting webinars.


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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Founders from Afar: Webinar with Yaniv Gelnik ’03, Global Business Development at Zipline

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yaniv Gelnik '03, is an Israeli entrepreneur and strategist who leads Zipline’s global business development efforts. Zipline International is headquartered in Half Moon Bay, California. They design, build, and operate small drone aircraft, initially in Rwanda, for delivery of blood and medical supplies. Prior to joining Zipline, Yaniv founded and sold a number of companies…

Spring Break

March 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spring Break

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spring Break

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spring Break

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spring Break

March 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A conversation with Craig Dubinsky, founder of Hello Products

April 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Craig Dubinsky is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded Hello Products, the world’s first naturally friendly oral care brand, to take on the toothpaste giants like Colgate and Crest. Without problematic ingredients, Hello’s toothpaste represent a fresh brand. Craig is also a co-founder of lip balm manufacturer Eos Products and was an early investor in Method…

Startup Studio: Your First Term Sheet from a Venture Capitalist or Angel Investor

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Kris Brown '89, is a corporate law partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in New York City, tech and life sciences-focused angel investor, and entrepreneur. In this practical startup studio, Kris will discuss what to do when you get your first investment proposal from a venture capitalist. He will also talk about his experiences as a lawyer, investor…

Founder Friday with co-founders Christian Anthony ‘96 and Jason Klein ‘00: Building a World Class Social Analytics Company

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How can a social analytics company help world class brands like Amazon, Warner Brothers, or Michael Kors understand their customers better? Join Brown alum co-founders and co-CEOs, Christian Anthony ‘96 and Jason Klein ‘00, and learn how they built ListenFirst, an industry leader in social analytics for major consumer brands and the only social analytics…

Russ Pillar ’87: Office Hours

April 5 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Russ Pillar '87, has more than 30 years of experience repositioning, reinventing, and revitalizing a host of global consumer brands. He is Founder and currently serves as Executive Chairman of Reigning Champs (, the world’s largest and most successful path-to-college company for student-athletes. Powered by 850+ mission-driven teammates and $100 million of private equity, Reigning…

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