Announcing our 2019-2020 Entrepreneurs in Residence

We are thrilled to announce that Laura Thompson ‘09 and Arnell Milhouse will be joining the Nelson Center as Entrepreneurs in Residence for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Both Laura and Arnell have been long-standing supporters of the Nelson Center, helping empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.


2019 B-Lab Cohort Announced

Congratulations to the 14 incoming ventures that will participate in the 2019 B-Lab program this summer. Click below to learn more about the ventures.


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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First Day of Classes

September 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Open House

September 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Whether in the classroom through the open curriculum or through a wide range of co-curricular activities and programs, Brown students have long pursued ambitious solutions to challenging problems. Join the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship staff, faculty, mentors, and student groups for an open house (featuring an ice cream sundae bar 🍨) to learn about venture…

Anthony Burn ’16 (IE-Brown MBA): Office Hours

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

I have always been fascinated by the application of technological innovation to solve global issues, but within equal innovation in our politics and commerce, to help that technology achieve its greatest potential to transform lives and societies. Previously, I was with the Radiant Earth Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing open access to global ‘big…

Contributions of Latino and Immigrant Entrepreneurs in RI Today and Tomorrow

September 10 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Moderator: Mario Bueno- Executive Director, Progreso Latino Panelists Include: Mayor Jorge Elorza, City of Providence Jennifer Nazareno - Assistant Professor, Brown University Oscar Mejias - Director, RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Kelly Ramirez - CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse Moderator: Mario Bueno- Executive Director, Progreso Latino Light refreshments will be served This event is open to…

Founder Friday: Using Science and Technology to Improve Lives

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

Founder Friday: Using Science and Technology to Improve Lives How Nancy Lublin ‘93 Launches Tech Startups that Improve and Save Lives through Text Messages, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science Nancy Lublin ‘93 is a serial tech entrepreneur who is revolutionizing the way we solve social problems through technology, AI, and data science. As the co-founder and…

Samanee Mahbub ’19: Office Hours

September 15 @ 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…

Laura Thompson ’09: EIR Office Hours

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Laura Thompson ’09 has spent the past decade working on radical innovations aimed at solving the world’s toughest problems. Laura was an early product lead at Google X, where she drove product strategy for science fiction-sounding technologies including self driving cars, smart contact lenses, and delivery drones. While at X, she spread the team’s learning in…

Startup Studio: How Cliff Weitzman, Forbes 30 Under 30, CEO of Speechify, built 36 products while at Brown

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

Learn how Brown Alum Cliff Weitzman ‘16 built one of the most impactful pieces of software in the world, why he considers these Brown philosophy classes he took to be the most important classes he took, why it was important that he 3D print skateboard brakes before building his company, how to be 10x more…

Thorne Sparkman: Office Hours

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As managing director of the Slater Technology Fund, Thorne focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, often working with university-based teams commercializing research. He serves as board member for Voltserver, Datarista, Advanced Image Enhancement, and Tizra Software, and as a board observer at Squadlocker, Drive Time Metrics, eNow, Aquanis, Location, Inc., and RxVantage. He…

Breakthrough Lab Venture Showcase

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Brown University’s Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) is a unique, intensive 8-week accelerator program that supports student entrepreneurs developing high-impact ventures. The Venture Showcase presentations are a significant milestone for the students who spent their summer in Providence and in the local community exploring, experimenting, and advancing their ventures.  B-Lab provides students access to high-level sector-specific mentoring,…

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