Breakthrough Lab, Brown University’s premiere venture accelerator, kicks off on June 4th. We are thrilled to welcome 14 student ventures to this year’s program. Our founders come from all across the Brown and RISD landscape and bring diverse perspectives, strengths, and interests to the cohort. Their innovations span business sectors from solar energy to high-energy foods, from technical clothing to big data for grocers, and from limb prostheses to internet security. Learn more about this year’s cohort.


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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Request for Proposals 2018-19 BEO Hazeltine Fellowship for Graduate Research in Entrepreneurship

May 20

The Hazeltine Fellowship funds entrepreneurship research by graduate students who are either working with faculty or under the guidance of a faculty member. For example, the Fellowship may fund dissertation-related research or provide the seeds for initiating a new topic of research with a faculty member. Information about applying and previously funded projects can be found on the BEO website under the Graduate Research Page. The deadline for this year’s proposals is May 20, 2018 by 5PM. The following are…

Making Waves: Brown Women Activists

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Across the world, innovative women are campaigning for change on fundamental human rights issues like gender and racial equality and government accountability. Hear the stories of three visionary Brown alumnae who are taking on systemic injustices with creativity, courage and their passion for social change. Moderator: Bonnie Honig, Pembroke Center Interim Director, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown Panelists: Johanna Fernandez '93, Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College of the City University…

2018 Commencement Reception

May 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate with us!  Join graduating seniors, their family members and guests, alumni and friends of the center to celebrate and reconnect. Drinks and hors-d'oeuvres served. RSVP HERE

Impact investing 101: How to invest any amount of money with purpose!

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you make spending choices based on sustainability and climate change? Do you support local businesses? Do you buy ethically sourced products? Do you support fair wages and treatment? As a consumer your purchases have huge implications on the world around you. Did you realize that the same is true of your savings? Are you being as purposeful with how you invest money as you are with spending it? Come learn about impact investing and socially responsible investments. This interactive workshop will…

What is Entrepreneurship?

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Brown students have long pursued ambitious solutions to challenging problems. The spirit that infuses all of this activity is one of collaboration, critical problem solving, and a commitment to interdisciplinary and creative thinking. Join the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for a workshop and panel on how you can use entrepreneurship as a tool to solve problems and create impact at scale.

What is entrepreneurship?

September 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Entrepreneurship Picnic

September 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

More info to come!

Entrepreneurship Picnic

September 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

We cannot predict the future, but we can create it. Meet students from the Brown Entrepreneurship Program (EP) and the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship center staff, along with other student groups that support entrepreneurship and innovation on campus! Learn about resources, organizations, conferences from both RISD and Brown.

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