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10th Annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference

Friday, November 7th, from 8:15 am-2 pm students and entrepreneurs will gather at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield, MA at the * Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative for a day of innovation, inspiration, and fun. This is a purely informational event that helps students learn more about how to come up with a great idea, and the steps to take to translate their ideas into reality. Attendees will be able to visit past award winners' business exhibits and listen to inspirational keynote speakers.

Signup is FREE but the deadline is 10/31

please use this link to sign up https://2014entrepreneurship.eventbrite.com

WFI will provide transportation, so contact Judy Fountain if you’re interested in going and need a transportation - jfountai@smith.edu.


*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 Eitan Mendelowitz and WFI Associate Director Liz Roberts. 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.

Smith College Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Award 2014




2013 Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference

Held Friday, November 1, 2013.

Congratulations to Smith College students who won this year at the 2013 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Conference! Allie Felix'14 won for her pitch "Keep Your Balance" and Susan Brunelle 'AC for her pitch "Animalicious."


Congratulations to Smith College students who won at the 2012 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Conference:

Hanyu Zhang'16J
winner of the "Secret Ingredient of Team Venture Creation" competition and Ana Duran'13 winner of the "Shark Tank: 90 Second Elevator Pitch" competition



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