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The Conway Center aims to provide students with information on entrepreneurial opportunities both on and beyond the Smith College campus. We regularly post resources and educational programs that support the launch and growth of student ventures.


Conway Center Student Project Fund

The Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to announce the pilot of a Student Project Scholarship Fund. The fund will support students interested in supplementing their entrepreneurial or business education course studies or furthering the development of exploration and experimentation with a value creation entity. Scholarships can be used for research projects, business venture support, course-related activity or conference attendance. Note: students who need internship support should apply for Praxis summer internship funding through the Lazarus Center.

Scholarship recipients are required to give a 15-30-minute presentation to the review committee including lessons learned and major accomplishments subsequent to completing the project. If the scholarship money is not used as proposed, students will be required to return the funds. Note that scholarship funds may be subject to taxes.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be in good academic standing at Smith College,
  • not graduate from Smith College prior to utilizing the funds, and
  • have completed all paperwork necessary to receive payments from Smith College.

Individual students will be limited to two approved requests during their undergraduate Smith College tenure.

Fall Application Deadline: September 21, 2018
JTerm | Spring Application Deadline: December 1, 2018


The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship supports 200 outstanding university students on a fully-funded experience in San Francisco, in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more. Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Applicants have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more.


WE BOS Week is an annual week-long series of events designed to support women entrepreneurs comprised of networking opportunities, educational workshops, panel discussions and coaching sessions with industry leaders and investors. Some highlights from 2017 include: 1,000 women attended 20 events including educational workshops, panel discussions, and curated networking events, and 30 women pitched to investors for $20,000 in cash prizes. WE BOS will once again convene, October 15-19, Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to host Boston’s fourth annual Women Entrepreneurs (WE BOS) Week.  Events will be held throughout the City featuring high-profile speakers, skill-building workshops, coaching sessions, networking opportunities, and more to help women entrepreneurs build their networks, as well as launch and scale their businesses.


MassChallenge uses a competition model to select our startups. Prospective MassChallenge startups submit application(s) for the MassChallenge accelerator program(s) they would like join. After submitting the application, startups will participate in one or two rounds of judging. At the end of these judging rounds, the highest-impact and highest-potential startups are invited to participate in the accelerator as Finalists.  (Application deadline: October 15, 2018)

Slavin Fellowship

The Slavin Family Foundation welcomes applications from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for Slavin Fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded to students of extraordinary potential pursuing entrepreneurial projects. Our past Fellowship awardees, who are from five continents and schools include Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Tsinghua, and Yale. Fellowship awardees receive support, mentorship, and perks including a $2,500 scholarship and an invitation to our annual summit. The 2019 summit will be from May 29 to June 1, 2019 at McGill University in Montreal. All current and past Fellows, plus a few selected guests, will be invited. (Application deadline: October 15, 2018)

Global Conference and Pitch Competition

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization will host this three-day conference where attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of other entrepreneurial-minded students. The 2018 conference will be from November 1st to November 3rd, 2018 at University of Missouri, Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees will engage in presentations from seasoned and nascent entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, motivational speakers and fellow students who are making the transition from dreamers to doers. Pitch a business or simply just an idea, participate in chapter awards, and chapter/leadership development activities. Early discount for registration is available until October 1st. (Application deadline: October 30, 2018)

Student Startup Madness

Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience. Each round of the nationwide tournament builds momentum, awareness, and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent while showcasing university entrepreneurship and encouraging college students to start businesses. Teams are encouraged to apply for “Early Admission” by Friday, October 19, 2018, when 20 of the 64 SSM tournament teams will be selected. The benefits of early admission include less competition for the 20 “early admission” spots and more time for student teams to plan ahead and prepare their pitch materials, if they are selected for the semi-finals. (Application deadline: November 25, 2018)