8 Startups / 5 Students / 1 Week


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 all expenses paid trip takes place over the Brown University Spring Break and provides students with the opportunity to visit approximately eight companies in Barcelona and engage with local entrepreneurs and Brown University alumni in Catalonia.


Students will apply to the Barcelona Synapse program through UFunds – search for “Barcelona Synapse”. You will be asked to submit:

1. A cover letter describing how this program will impact you, and why are you interested in the entrepreneurship ecosystem
2. A resume
3. A 60 second video submission answering the question: Why Synapse Barcelona and why you?


November 2, 2018
Application Opens

November 16, 2018
Application Deadline (closes 12:00 AM EST)

November 27, 2018
Acceptances sent out (5 students approximately)

December 4, 2018
Deadline to accept offer (travel is booked soon after)

February 2019
Barcelona Synapse Program Orientation

Saturday, March 23 – Thursday, March 28, 2019
Barcelona Synapse Trip


Any first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior remaining a full-time Brown University undergraduate student in the semester following the trip is eligible to apply. Graduate students will be considered. You must have a valid Passport and handle all visa requirements pre-travel. Questions? Email