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Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

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The Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (CIEC) builds on the programming of Smith’s Women and Financial Independence program, a successful initiative that was launched in 2001. The center is an intellectual hub where students receive the tools to think expansively and develop innovative solutions to pressing problems. The CIEC hosts and facilitates a slate of programs and activities focused on creative thinking, problem solving, interdisciplinary teamwork and development of business, personal finance and entrepreneurial skills.


Featured Event

University Innovation Fellows Info Session

  • Campus Center 003, noon–1 p.m.
  • The Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Design Thinking Initiative are seeking students who want to be leaders, liaisons, thinkers, creators, doers, designers, pushers of boundaries and conversation starters to apply for the 2017-2018 University Innovation Fellows Leadership Circle at Smith College.


Cost Structure and Revenue Streams

  • Campus Center 103/104, 5–6:30 p.m.
  • Part IV of the “Search then Execute: The Process of Building a Venture” series. These workshops are intended to help students turn the nine panels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC)—the core of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Lean Launchpad methodology—into a cohesive and winning executive summary. Students planning to submit applications for the Draper Competition are encouraged to attend. Dinner provided.


Financing Life

  • Neilson Library Browsing Room, noon–1 p.m.
  • Special Guest: Chloe McKenzie, founder of BlackFem Inc., will offer an interactive workshop on the 5 Pillars of Debt Management. Lunch provided.