Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative
In partnership with 14 participating colleges and universities, the Springfield based Grinspoon Charitable Foundation supports entrepreneurship education, hosts events and recognizes students with entreprenuruial awards.
Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards
The Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative recognizes students who demonstrate "entrepreneurial spirit" with monetary awards. Spirit Awards acknowledge a student's actions to date and encourages them to move forward in pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams. To be considered for an award, a Smith College student must first be nominated by Professor Susannah Howe. The HGCF EI Advisory Committee makes the final decision regarding award recipients. Awardees and nominees are required to participate in the Entrepreneur Exhibit during the cocktail hour at the Spring Banquet.
This year's Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony and Banquet will take place on April 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. This year's program will include a Student Business Exhibit, live "Elevator Pitch Competition," and a Keynote Speaker.
PAST GRINSPOON, GARVEY & YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM SMITH COLLEGE
Allie Felix '14
- "Keep Your Balance"
Susan Brunelle 'AC - Animalicious
Hanyu Zhang '16J - Winner of the "Secret Ingredient of Team Venture Creation" competition
Ana Duran '13 - Winner of teh "Shark Tank: 90 Second Elevator Pitch" Conference
Past Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Spirit Award Recipients from Smith College
Jillian Bergus '12 - Express Yourself Heels,
Self-designed high heel shoes
Brooke Gerstein '12 - The Couture Cook,
Online-based student fundraising
Kelly Smith '13 - A Chemist's Kitchen,
Molecular Gastronomy aka Baking
Jessica Kaplan '12 - Well-Dressed Greens, LLC,
Specialty, all-natural salad dressings
Alice Tan '13 - Financial Literacy Org. for Youth,
Youth workshops about personal finance