Founder Friday with Jayna Zweiman '01, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project & the Welcome Blanket

Join Jayna Zweiman ‘01 for an interview with Danny Warshay ‘87, P’20, P’23, executive director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, for a discussion on how she started two design interventions, how the power of storytelling enables change, and how crafts can intersect with politics. More info here.



Join F@B and the Nelson Center for a talk with the shoe designer, entrepreneur and founder behind the shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. More info here.
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PEIR Office Hours are back!

Meet the new and returning group of Peer-Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: young, experienced entrepreneurs who are available to support their fellow founders. Chat with them about your ideas, working at a startup internship or non-profit, or talk entrepreneurship life in general. Learn more about them on our “People” page.

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Meet with our 2019-2020 Entrepreneurs in Residence

Meet Laura Thompson ‘09 and Arnell Milhouse, 2019-2020, the Nelson Center’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. Both Laura and Arnell have been long-standing supporters of the Nelson Center, helping empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. Learn more about them here!

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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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Startup Forum

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Walmart eCommerce Office Hours

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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From the Pussyhat Project to the Welcome Blanket, How Jayna Zweiman ‘01 Uses an Interdisciplinary Approach to Activism and Entrepreneurship

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

Founder Friday: Cultivating Creative Expression How can we leverage the power of art to create design interventions for social change? How can art help us reimagine our spaces and systems? Join Jayna Zweiman ‘01, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project and the Welcome Blanket, for an interview with Danny Warshay ‘87, P'20, P'23, executive director of…

Film Screening of “Period. End of Sentence.” &  Panel on Women’s Development: Solving Big Problems through Global Approaches

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pamela Reeves ’87, a Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute, will moderate a discussion among three Brown undergraduates working on ambitious projects aimed at improving the circumstances of women in India, Jordan, Cuba, and the US. The event will kick off with a screening of “Period. End of Sentence.,” the…

Startup Studio: Bottom-up Research, A Critical Approach to Validating your Idea with Laura Thompson ’09

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What does it mean to find and validate an unmet need? What problems are worth solving? How do you come up with a solution? How do you know when to iterate? Join Laura Thompson '09, the Nelson Center's Entrepreneur in Residence for a workshop on bottom-up research and how to apply this critical entrepreneurial skill…

Can I start a company on a visa? Yes, you can! Q&A with Unshackled Ventures

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Can I start a company on a visa? Yes, you can! A Q&A with Unshackled Ventures Unshackled Ventures started in 2014 with a single mission: help immigrant founders succeed faster. By providing access to capital, a unique network of co-investors and full immigration support - including visa sponsorship and employment - Unshackled gives immigrant entrepreneurs…

Arnell Milhouse: Entrepreneur in Residence Office Hours

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ARNELL MILHOUSE Entrepreneur in Residence Arnell is a Providence local and graduate of Johnson and Wales University, where he discovered a passion for computer science. In 2015, he brought together his love of education and innovation by founding IntraCity Geeks, a K-12 STEM education non-profit organization. He is also CEO and co-founder of CareerDevs Computer…

Jeff Goldman ’83 Immigration Office Hours

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jeff Goldman, Brown ’83, practices exclusively in the area of business immigration law. He has 27+ years of extensive experience representing technology, life science, and entrepreneurial businesses regarding all visa matters, as well as permanent residency applications. After managing the immigration law sections at two nationally recognized law firms for 11 years, Jeff opened his…

Elspeth Boynton ’11, CEO and Co-Founder of diiVe – Office Hours

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Since completing her undergraduate degree at Brown University and a Masters at the University of Cape Town, Elspeth has coordinated global student internships, driven sustainable solution initiatives for numerous NGOs (both in the USA and South Africa) and led community impact programs. She is passionate about transnational learning and cross-cultural experiences. Recently, she has been…

Samanee Mahbub ’19: Office Hours

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Samanee recently graduated from Brown with a History major but has always had a hand in entrepreneurship. She’s been a student director of EP as well as a PEIR at the Nelson Center. While at Brown, she worked at 5 start-ups including Slack, and she’s done roles across product management, operations and marketing. She works…

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