249 THAYER: OUR NEW HOME

We are thrilled to announce that the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship will have a dedicated home on Thayer Street – the main commercial artery 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.

We envision 249 Thayer Street, located right across the street from the Brown bookstore, as an integral part of the Brown ecosystem. This built-from-scratch, 10,000-square-foot four-story building will provide space for new student ventures, events, entrepreneurs-in-residence, visiting faculty and student organizations, like Brown EP.

As we explained in Brown’s recent official announcement, “This will encourage the kind of accidental collisions between experts and disciplines that are central to entrepreneurship and to the missions of both the center and Brown.”

We would like to thank all the people involved in this process so far, especially Jonathan M. Nelson ‘77, whose $25 million transformational gift has catalyzed the center’s launch, the brilliant architects at 3SIXØ whose eye for design will make this space ideal for collaboration and community, and Chuck and Jan Davis — who graduated from Brown in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and are the parents of two Brown graduates — whose early financial support will create co-working resources in the new building where student teams can collaborate as they develop and launch new ventures.

We’ll be posting further updates here as the project comes together, so stay tuned!

Danny, Jonas, Liz, and Abi

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