Welcome to the
Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship!

In September 2016, the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship opened its temporary doors on the third floor of Brown Hillel, at 80 Brown Street, and we quickly started advancing our mission of empowering students and our community to create solutions with impact. With my talented colleagues Jonas Clark, Associate Director, and Liz Malone, Program Manager, we began a new entrepreneurial journey of our own that has initiated a diverse range of campus and community programs and collaborations.

In case you missed it, this article captures a bit of what we achieved right out of the gate, such as piloting our Peer Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program, celebrating National Entrepreneurship Month with a wide range of events and activities, and hosting a day-long academic research conference on Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Diversity and Inequality (Q&A about the conference here).

In distinctively Brown tradition, we have done so interdisciplinarily by collaborating with groups as diverse as the Brown Arts Initiative and the Brown Medical School, the Carney Institute for Brain Science and the Brown School of Public Health. We are excited to share below a listing of our programs, partnerships, and events from our first year and in our Press page some of our media coverage. We also encourage you to learn about our ongoing programming via our events calendar and to register for our periodic email updates here.

We have been delighted to see how enthusiastically members from across the entire Brown community have embraced our center—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, parents and alumni, and members of the community at large. Xochitl Gonzalez ‘99, for example, who was a panelist at our Entrepreneurial Stories from First-Generation and People of Color Alumni event, captures both the expansive mission of the center and the buzz around entrepreneurship on campus:

“Entrepreneurship is the perfect pursuit for the curious mind, as it’s an endless series of “problems” waiting to be solved, and Brown is a school full of curious minds … I realized how much potential the Nelson Center has to give our students the tools to channel today’s ideas into tomorrow’s entrepreneurial ventures.”

Now in our new building on Thayer Street (where Store 24 used to be), our growing team is building quickly on all of this early momentum, and we welcome your participation. You can learn more about getting involved and can let us know about your interest here. You can also email us at entrepreneurship@brown.edu, and we will be delighted to coordinate your interest. And be sure to register for our periodic news update.

Thank you so much from all of us at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship! We look forward to hearing from you.

Ever true,

Danny ’87, P’20, P’23
Executive Director
Professor of the Practice


September 2016 Events
September 1 — B-Lab/BVF/SIF Student Presentations for Advancement Retreat
September 9 — Innovation on the Hill Picnic (50+ attendees)
September 21 — Business Plan Workshop for Brown Venture and Social Innovation Fellows
September 22 — Bottom-up Research Workshop with Alpert Medical School, Design+Health, and the Business of Medicine
September 27 — How to be a Good Startup Employee, with Venture For America
September 30 — EP Dojo Welcome Reception and Bottom-up Research Workshop

October 2016 Events
October 13 — Guest Speaker – Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21: Bitcoin & Discussion (30+ attendees); Office Hours
October 13 — Contrary Capital and 500 Startups Info Session (Aerin Lim ‘07)
October 14 — EP Board Meeting & Fireside Chat @ Brown with Aerin Lim ‘07
October 17 — Launch of Startup Parlor (weekly Monday meetups for entrepreneurs hosted by our PEIRs)
October 22 — Family Weekend Entrepreneurship Forum

November 2016: Entrepreneurship Celebration Month
November 4 — Solving Public Health Problems Through Entrepreneurship: Panel & workshop w/ Bottom-up research
November 6 — Music, Tech, and Entrepreneurship Workshop
November 7 — Bottom-up Research workshop for the Brain Sciences Sagol School at Tel Aviv U. and Brown Institute for Brain Sciences
November 9 — Creating Solutions that Matter with Deb Mills-Scofield ‘82
November 10 — Young Alumni Stories Laura Thompson ‘09, Google Ventures; Hudson Gaines-Ross ‘09, co-founder of RISE coffee
November 10 — Generation Startup Film Screening; Panel and Live Q&A
November 11 — EP & Center present: Co-Founder of Venmo
November 12 — She Started It Film Screening + RISD
November 17 — Entrepreneurial Stories from first-generation and people of color alumni in conjunction with The First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (FLiCenter)
November 18 — Embark Fellowship Info Session (collaboration with SII, Swear Center)
November 29 — Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) Info Session

December 2016 events
December 1 — Michael Persky ‘85, Managing Partner Alerion Partners (Office Hours)
December 2 — Job Talk: M. Diane Burton, ILR School, Cornell University:
“Entrepreneurship and Employment: Job Creation, Job Quality and Career Trajectories”
December 5 — FEAST conference: Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Diversity and Inequality
December 6 — John Dencker, Management and Organizational Development, Northeastern University:
“Rent Seeking and the Transformation of Employment Relationships” (FEAST)
December 6 — Marcia Hooper ‘77, Partner Salt Venture Partners (Office Hours)
December 7 — Emily Barman, Department of Sociology, Boston University:
“Taking Appropriate Measures: Demonstrating the Value of Social Enterprise” (FEAST)
December 7 — 2nd Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) Info Session
December 8 — SIF/BVF Graduation
December 8 — Troy Henikoff ‘86, Managing Director Techstars, Math Venture Partners (Lunch/Discussion + Office Hours)

January 2017 events
January 7 — Kids Entrepreneurship Workshop: Creating Value Through Empathy, Storytelling, and Design
January 12 — Bottom-Up Research Workshop with community partner Practico Innovation

February 2017 events
February 2 — Innovation Lab (workshop): Design Thinking for Strategy Driven Innovation, Neepa Acharya, Member of the Teaching Team at the Stanford Center for Professional Development
February 3 — Breakthrough Lab Application Workshop
February 9 — Jeff Allain of New Economy (Financial Focus Office Hours)
February 9 — Lunch and Discussion with Doug Bate, co-author of The Power of Strategy Innovation: “How to Create YOUR Future” + Office Hours
February 10 — Brad Gibbs ‘93 Entrepreneurship (Office Hours)
February 17 — Amanda Rinderle: Co-founder Tuckerman & Co. (Office Hours)
February 23 — Event with Technology Ventures Office, “IP to Startup or Not: What To Do With Your New Innovation” featuring entrepreneurs, attorneys, innovation liaisons from industry
February 23 — Student Startup Fair (Brown Entrepreneurship Program/Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship)
February 23 — Matthew Kittay ‘03 Attorney and Angel Investor (Office Hours)
February 23 — Economics Research Talk: Neale Mahoney “Bad Credit, No Problem”

March 2017 events
March 2 –The Art of Negotiation Workshop with Peter Weiss, R. Scot Sellers Scholar of Hand Surgery; Professor of Orthopedics, Brown Alpert Medical School
March 2 —Economics Research Talk: Bobak Pakzard-Hurson “Equilibrium Effects of Pay Transparency in Bargaining Environments”
March 4 — We@ Brown Women’s Empowerment Conference (Brown Entrepreneurshp Program Event)
March 8 — Economics Research Talk: Mriacristina De Nardi Topic TBD
March 9 — Volunteer Summit and Donor Recognition Reception (student entrepreneurs presenting) – Advancement + Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship
March 14 — Confronting Society’s Issues Through Technology workshop with early-stage venture capitalist Danny Crichton
March 16 — Richard Culatta: Rhode Island as a Lab State for Public Sector Entrepreneurs (Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship + Social Innovation Initiative)
March 17 — Israel in Boston: Entrepreneurship Trek (Consulate General of Israel to New England/ Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship)
March 22 — Innovation Showcase @ Brown (Technology Ventures Office/Advancement + Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship)
March 23 — Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Workshop With Your Venture. Lunch and Discussion with Bob Johnston and Doug Bate, authors of The Power of Strategy Innovation

April 2017 events
April 4 — Fireside chat with venture capitalist Jim Breyer P’17: Navigating College Entrepreneurship
Idea generation, College Entrepreneurship, and What Venture Capitalists Look For In Companies
April 5 — Lunch and Discussion with Marcos Gonzalez ’89 Managing Partner of VamosVentures
April 6 — Lunch and Discussion with Larry Rand, Ph.D. ’64, P’93 on Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand Board Leadership
April 7 — Getting Your Ideas to the Right Corporate Partner (Technology Ventures Office)
April 7 — Ryan Juliano, Howell & Associates (Legal Office Hours)
April 11 — Chuck Davis ‘82, Follow Your Passion (Dinner + Talk)
April 11 — How To Think Like An Investorwith Bradley Miles
April 13 — A Guide Through Immigration And Entrepreneurship with Peter Roberts ’83, Roberts Immigration Law Group
April 13 — Dan Aziz ’11, CEO and co-founder of Premama (Office Hours)
April 14 — Founder Fridays: Yuri Tomokawa ’12, Founder & CEO at Zencare.co
April 17 — What To Do With Your First Term Sheet From A Venture Capitalist, Kris Brown ’89
April 20 — The Art Of Pitching: How To Tell Your Story with Xochitl Gonzalez ’99
April 21 — Dr. Hemai Parthasarathy, scientific director of Breakthrough Labs: Why Entrepreneurial Science Matters (in partnership with the Brown Institute for Brain Science)
April 25 —Amanda Rinderle: Co-founderTuckerman & Co.(Office Hours)
April 27 —From Dusty Paths Of The Kalahari Desert To Disruptive Entrepreneurship with Vibha Pingle, Ph.D. ’96 of the Watson Institute
April 28 —Founder Fridays:“How to Brand and Market Your Venture” with Jennifer McFadden, Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Programs at Yale School of Management

May 2017 events
May 4 —Value Proposition: Creating Solutions that Matter with Deb Mills-Scofield ’82
May 27 — Commencement Forum – Launchers and Leaders: Brown Women & Entrepreneurship (Pembroke Center/Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship)
May 27 — Center Commencement Reception: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Hillel

June 2017 events
June/July–Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab)
June 20 — “What Money Can Buy: Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Human Flourishing” with Peter Boettke of George Mason University. A collaboration among the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Department of Philosophy and Brown/IE Executive MBA Program