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The Conway Center supports the Smith community in the development of new ideas. We aim to create an environment that encourages innovation by teaching skills, providing tools and experiential learning activities that will help you develop new and creative solutions to pressing problems.

Develop Skills

Through curricular and co-curricular initiatives, students delve into a range of subjects and develop specific skills such as leadership, resiliency, self-reflection, selling, managing people and communication.

Work Together

We partner with academic and other departments on campus, as well as visiting experts, to infuse entrepreneurial practices and perspectives throughout the college.

Test Ideas

We offer opportunities for the Smith community to generate, share, test and refine their ideas through a variety of activities, including competitions, challenges, pitch contests, business model workshops, start-a-thon and trade shows.

Innovative Strategies

September 7: Open House and Ice Cream Social

2:30—4 p.m., Conway Center (146 Elm Street)

Meet the faculty and staff of the center, learn about student involvement opportunities, and pick up workshop and course schedules while enjoying a scoop of Herrell’s ice cream.

September 13: CIEC Information Session

12–1 p.m., CC 103/104

Students learn about all Conway Center activities, courses, and student clubs we sponsor.

Innovative Strategies Workshops

Thursdays, noon—1 p.m., CC103/104

September 20: Ideation - Problems/Opportunities

September 27: Ideation - Problems/Opportunities

October 4: Ideation - Solutions

October 11: Ideation - Solutions

October 26-28: Western Mass Innovation Jam

Valley Venture Mentors (Springfield, MA)

Sponsored by Mount Holyoke, Smith College, and Western New England University, WMIJ weekend will take students through team formation, idea development, rapid prototyping and basics of investor pitching. Registration required. Transportation (to VVM offices in Springfield) provided for Smith students by the Conway Center.