Venture Grants to Address Anti-Black & Systemic Racism

We are partnering with The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) to bring together students from across the University to create innovative solutions that address anti-Black and systemic racism. Receive grants from $250 – $2,500 to help make your idea a reality!


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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Covid-19 Response Innovation Hackathon

April 16 - April 18

Registration is now open for Covid-19 Response Innovation Hackathon hosted by NEMIC. A lack of preparedness exacerbated the challenges that COVID-19 presented regionally, nationally, and globally. How do we ensure that we are better prepared for the next pandemic, what do we need to do on a personal level, how do we better prepare our corporations,…

Cleantech Open 2021 accelerator application deadline

April 18

Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and corporate innovators the resources they need to launch and grow successful cleantech businesses. Our one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem built over the last 10 years of programming spans key cleantech innovation hubs in the U.S., linking labs and universities, service providers, investors, corporations, governments, and other cleantech…

Deadline to Nominate a PEIR

May 6

The Peer Entrepreneur-In-Residence (PEIR) program is a critical part of the Nelson Center’s Venture Support resources. In it, students serve as mentors and additional resources for their fellow students. Whether exploring an unmet need, designing a value proposition, or developing a sustainability model, PEIRs work with founders to clarify and sharpen their ideas. Many PEIRs,…

Hazeltine Mentoring in Entrepreneurship Award Celebration

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hazeltine Mentoring in Entrepreneurship Award A Virtual Celebration 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 alumni came together to start the Barrett Hazeltine Mentoring in Entrepreneurship Award. On May 6…

Startup Zoom Room: Video Production Tips for Pitching in a Virtual World

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As the host of Real Simple magazine's new Outdoor Upgrade video makeover series and executive producer and host of The Riche Life web series, Riche Holmes Grant '99, Nelson Center Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) will share her best tips for: - Getting comfortable being on camera and polishing your on-camera presence. - Equipping your "studio" on a limited (or…

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