Entrepreneurship & Design Program


We believe everyone with interest should have the chance to explore entrepreneurship and design thinking
and learn how to apply the two in any aspect of their lives.
We’re excited to have you join our new Enspire program to make that happen.

Join us.

PROGRAM DATE: November 2 -3, 2019 Enspire is a program on entrepreneurship and design thinking, run by the Brown Entrepreneurship Program (EP), a student branch of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. We are looking for compassionate and motivated students who have little to no experience in the field and are interested in building skills and connections on campus. The goal of this pioneering program is to provide key mindsets and skills in the widely applicable areas of entrepreneurship and design thinking, to introduce entrepreneurship resources on campus, and build an understanding of the role in creating socially responsible initiatives.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES Enspire students will come away from the program with a toolkit of skills and mindsets to apply during their time at Brown. These learning objectives can be broken down in the following ways.

A.) Content and Knowledge
-Have a functional definition of entrepreneurship and design thinking.
-Understand the elements and principles of bottom-up research and design thinking (as outlined by IDEO).
-Understand applications of design thinking within a startup
-Understand and feel confident utilizing the different entrepreneurship resources available on campus as a Brown student.

B.) Skills and Practice

-Apply the design thinking to prototype ideas.
-Comfortably take risks and experiment in their time at Brown.
-Identify the best resources available at Brown for any particular goal.
-Reach out to resources outside of Brown while representing themselves and Brown in the most positive way.

C.) Habits of Mind

-Collaborate productively and supportively with other members of the Brown community.
-Apply the inquiry-based and empathetic approach of design thinking into their everyday lives as a Brown student on and off campus.
-Understand the social responsibility of themselves as a future entrepreneur and design thinker.


September 29: Application opens
October 13: Application due
October 25: Accepted students notified
November 2-3: Program

Recognizing that an entrepreneurial education manifests in many ways, past experience is not a specific requirement for this program. We are looking for compassionate and motivated students to deeply engage with this program and seek to support students of diverse economic and social backgrounds to become leaders. If you have any questions or concerns about applying or accessibility, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact Briana Das, Creative Team Lead for EP at briana_das@brown.edu.