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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Coexistence and Entrepreneurship Through Israel’s Startup Culture

March 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Register HERE Israel is known as the Startup Nation for its disproportionately high number of young companies and new inventions, from the cherry tomato to Waze. Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship are not only useful for the development of new technologies but also serve as a channel to affect positive societal changes and foster coexistence between different communities. PresenTense Israel is a startup accelerator that nurtures coexistence through innovation and entrepreneurship, investing in various underserved communities within Israeli society. This panel…

Office hours with Dan Holmander, IP Attorney

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sign up for an appointment to speak with Dan Holmander, Chairman of the IP Group At Adler Pollock in RI. He is here to counsel biotech, life science, and software companies to monetize your Intellectual Property. For more info, check out his Linkedin Profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielholmander/ To sign up for an appointment, click here.

Barcelona Synapse

March 25 - March 28

More details to come!

Building Bridges: 21st Century Health Care and the Future of Public Health and Entrepreneurship

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us, the School of Public Health, and the Brown Innovation for Health student club, along with the following special guests for a panel on how entrepreneurs are getting public health ideas and products to market. Moderator: Robbie Greenglass '07, Managing Director at Waterline Ventures, Advisor to Shields Health Solutions Robbie founded Waterline Ventures in 2014. Robbie has also spent time as the Vice President of Business Development at Shields Health Solutions, a hospital services company in the specialty pharmacy…

Hazeltine Mentoring Award Deadline

April 6

Professor Barrett Hazeltine has been mentoring and inspiring Brown University students for decades. In honor of his dedication to student mentoring, and in particular, his mentorship of aspiring entrepreneurs, a group of all-star alumni came together to start the Hazeltine Mentoring Award. Are you working on a startup? Or are you interested in entrepreneurship in some way? Please take a few moments to think about someone who has had impact on you this year. Past awardees have included Danny Warshay…

Sustainability Series: The Future of Finance

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join EP as they welcome the investment fund that is reshaping the world of finance. We are excited to welcome the TPG Rise Fund’s founder and CEO Bill McGlashan. Learn how a fund with $2 Billion under management makes smart investments to generate social and environmental impact alongside competitive financial returns. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflicts, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose present material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful corporations and…

A Conversation with Marla Malcolm Beck, co-founder and CEO, Bluemercury, Inc.

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Marla Malcolm Beck is the CEO and co-founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999, whose exponential growth is guided by her leadership and passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and consumer brands. Join the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations Program (BEO) and the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for a discussion with Marla and how Bluemercury became recognized for disrupting the beauty retailing industry with its creative approach to personalized beauty solutions. Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) saw…

Sustainability Series

April 12

More details to come!

NCE Workshop Series: The Future of Work is Now

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

Spotify’s 2000 employees work in self-organized squads. Patagonia, Zappos, and Morningstar and a growing number of enterprises innovate how they organize work – focused on diverse talent and emerging technology, not job descriptions or org charts. Start-ups and legacy companies alike are reinventing how work happens, organized to maximize purpose, autonomy, creativity and agility. In the age of AI, globalism and complexity, every enterprise from prototype to scale must reimagine how to leverage people and technology in whole new ways.…

Founder Fridays: Grant Gurtin ‘12, How to Start a Company During College

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

Join us for a discussion with Grant Gurtin '12, a former BEO concentrator, founder of Fanium, and active angel investor. Grant came to Brown expecting to earn a Ph.D. in Math, but when he arrived in Providence, he was unsure about his passion for the material and like many college students, was unsure of his future. Soon, he found an entrepreneurial community on campus and took ENGN 1010, the Entrepreneurial Process, which jumpstarted his startup career. REGISTER HERE. After exiting…

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