Expanding Entrepreneurship Beyond 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.
The Barcelona Synapse, a partnership between the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the BrownConnect Internship initiative, provides Brown students the opportunity to explore the entrepreneurship culture of Barcelona, Spain. Students will meet with potential employers throughout Barcelona, and get a practical understanding of the day-to-day life of a global startup, an opportunity to expand their professional network, and exposure to a variety of entrepreneurial career paths.
The Israel Entrepreneurship Internship Program, with a focus on startups and technology opportunities, provides Brown students the opportunity to expand classroom knowledge to the world of business through an immersive professional experience in Israel, where the startup culture flourishes.
The Sweden Entrepreneurship Internship Program, a partnership between the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the BrownConnect Internship initiative, provides Brown students the opportunity to expand classroom knowledge to the world of business through an immersive professional experience with startup companies in Stockholm, Sweden.
NYC Synapse is a longstanding trip started by the student-run EP program. Under EP’s guidance, students travel to New York City with thirty fellow Brown and RISD students to visit the greatest startup ecosystem on the East Coast. Students engage one-on-one with leading innovators, inventors, and investors and tour the headquarters of renowned firms such as Ellevest, MongoDB, and BuzzFeed.
Synapse Boston takes students up the road to one of the world’s powerhouse entrepreneurial ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to explore companies in a variety of industries, from software to life sciences, to consumer goods. What’s more they have the opportunity to engage with one of Brown’s strongest alumni entrepreneurial hubs, who help make connections and provide further insight into the ins and outs of navigating the area’s startup scene.
Rhode Island entrepreneurs interested in training and networking are welcome to Brown’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship to attend and participate in its programming. The Center has already established partnerships and hosted events with local organizations, such as Practico Innovation, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Lady Project, IntraCity Geeks, Venture for America, Slater Technology Funds, and Social Enterprise Greenhouse.
The Nelson Center is also actively involving students from RISD, URI, Bryant, JWU and other local universities in its programming and is inviting them to join Brown student venture teams.