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The Conway Center aims to provide students with information on entrepreneurial and financial education opportunities both on and beyond the Smith College campus.


Conway Center Student Project Scholarship

Applications for a Conway Center Student Project Scholarship are considered on a rolling basis. Scholarships are granted to students interested in supplementing their entrepreneurial or financial/business education course studies or furthering the development of exploration and experimentation with a value creation entity. Students are limited to two approved requests and up to $5,000 in total funding. Scholarships may be used for costs associated with research projects, launching a business venture, course-related activity or conference attendance. Note: Scholarships may not be used to fund an internship experience; Praxis internship funding is available through the Lazarus Center.


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

Successful applicants will receive funds, disbursed as reimbursements through the Controller's Office, after completion of the approved activity and presentation of lessons learned to members of the review committee.

Social Entrepreneurship Corps Summer 2020 Guatemala Program
May 24-July 18, 2020
Application deadline: January 27, 2020

The Social Entrepreneurship Corps (SEC), a ProjectX company, runs an immersive design thinking, social innovation program where students:

  • Work alongside an experienced local and international team to provide grassroots consulting and develop high impact community projects.
  • Take a deep dive into social entrepreneurship and support local entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Develop empathy, adaptive leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills while doing good for others.

Two students will be selected to participate in the program. SEC covers the cost of local travel, meals and activities. You will live with a host family to fully experience the culture, traditions and language of Guatemala (proficiency in Spanish not required). The Conway Center and Design Thinking Initiative cover the cost of international flights and travel health insurance. Accepted students may also apply for Praxis funding or a Conway Center Student Project Scholarship.

Interested students must first complete a brief internal application detailing your design thinking, entrepreneurship, community service and/or leadership experiences to date. Successful applicants will then need to:

  • Complete the external program application (link will be provided)
  • Participate in a 30-minute telephone interview with Project X staff before February 5, 2020
  • Commit to taking IDP 132: Designing Your Path in Spring 2020
    Instructor: Emily Norton; class meets Thursdays, 7-9pm in Capen Annex


23rd Annual International Busiess Ethics Case Competition
April 22-24, 2020 (Boston, MA)

The International Business Ethics Case Competition is the nation’s oldest and most distinguished event of its kind. Designed with the assistance of Fortune 500 senior executives, IBECC was founded in 1996 by Thomas I. White, Ph.D., the Inaugural Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. IBECC is now an independent 501c3 organization seeking academic and corporate partners.

IBECC helps students develop critical skills in ethical analysis which they will then bring to the organizations they join after graduation. The competition is judged predominantly by seasoned executives.

Baylor New Venture Competition
March 21 - 22, 2020 (Waco, TX)

Big dreams can become a reality with the Baylor New Venture Competition. Encourage the student entrepreneurs you know to apply to participate in the 2020 Baylor New Venture Competition, a business plan competition where students will gain valuable feedback, useful tools and seed capital for their ventures. Participating teams will compete against other teams within their industry or business cycle stage: Health & Life Sciences; Natural Resources, Energy & Chemical; Consumer Goods & Services; Finance & Fintech; Technology; Global Mission Idea Stage; Recurring Revenue; or Exited a Company.

Biomimicry Challenge
Applications open January 8th, 2020
Finalists selected June 2020

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual team competition that focuses on addressing critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions. The Challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The challenge is open to teams of students and professionals anywhere in the world. Finalists and winners selected by our expert jury are eligible to win prize money as well as assistance in bringing their solution to the global marketplace via our Biomimicry Launchpad program. At the end of the Launchpad one team will be awarded the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, endowed the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Saturday, February 8th to Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This is the recognized hackathon that is exclusive to all-women (cis and trans) and non-binary students in Western Massachusetts. Students have 24 hours to create innovative projects who along the way allows them to learn and develop new skills, network with sponsor companies, and network with other students. It is free of cost to join and is a hackathon entirely organized by students for students. Their aim is to increase and highlight the diversity and inclusion in the technology industry.

IDEA Conference 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Questrom School of Business

The annual IDEA Conference is a one-day event for Boston-area students to explore innovation of every kind. Whether it’s through technology, social impact, or arts and culture, we empower all students to embrace their passions and use them to create meaningful impact. From start to finish, attendees will be inspired by world-class innovators, engage with strategies and useful tools for developing new ideas, and connect with resources and people from across Boston University and beyond.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge
Internships take place throughout the program year, within May 1st and April 30th of the following year

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies for intern stipends. The Internship Challenge expands the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, increases opportunities for mentoring, and enables more students from across the Commonwealth to explore careers in the life sciences industry. Internships can be part or full time and can take place throughout the 12-month Program Year, which runs from May 1st through April 30th of the following year. Applications are accepted year-round but will expire at the end of each Program Year or after six months if not renewed. Company representatives review applications on a rolling basis and contact applicants directly if they are interested in hiring them for an internship.

See description for preferred locations and their respective dates

MassChallenge works on strengthening the gobal ecosystem by making sure that they accelerate high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. Each year, MassChallenge accelerates the most startups in the world through offering a zero-equity, competition-based model. Their selective four-month program connects participants to up to $3M USD globally in cash prizes, establish international community of startups, world-class mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, and unrivaled access to corporate partners. This challenge is divided into having one accelerator program in certain locations.

Applications open in the following select places:

  • Isreal Accelerator - Dec 10, 2019
  • Boston Accelerator - Jan 29, 2020
  • Rhode Island Accelerator - Jan 29, 2020
  • Switzerland Accelerator - Jan 29, 2020
  • Texas Accelerator in Austin - Jan 29, 2020
  • Texas Accelerator in Houston - Jan 29, 2020
  • Mexico Accelerator - March 5, 2020

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)
March 23 - 27, 2020 (New Orleans, LA)

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is the premier event celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of our city, showcasing emerging trends and innovations, and connecting the New Orleans startup community to the cutting edge of global business. Its aim is to educate, facilitate connections, inspire action, and bring our community together around what is next.

NFTE’s World Series of Innovation (WSI)
Complete submission due by Monday, December 16th, 2019

The NFTE (that's the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) prepares to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by creating a set of challenges for the NFTE World Series of Innovation. They are encouraging young people to come up with innovative ways to take on our current biggest issue "What society can do to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals"? The challenges are all online! It can be completed in just a few hours, start to finish. Small groups of students or individuals can work to focus on one or all categories. Over $20,000 in prize money will be awarded. You can also nominate people so they can receive a special invitation to compete and have their work submitted by December 16. 

Student Entrepreneur Program
Applications due Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 12 AM EST

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENC SEP) is a premier startup program that fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in 2008, 200+ students from 100+ colleges and universities across the country have graduated from SEP. WBENC is proud to invest in the next generation of Women's Business Enterprises through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members. Aspiring collegiate female entrepreneurs receive mentoring from some of the most successful Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) and America's largest Fortune 500 companies while also participating in a tailored entrepreneurial curriculum, a pitch competition awarding $20,000 in seed capital and experiential learning through off-site visits to WBEs, corporate campuses, and accelerators.

TCU's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition
Applications are due Tuesday, March 3, 2020
April 24-25, 2020 at Neeley School of Business

Each spring, TCU invites students from around the world to so that they can pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that solve a problem and also make a profit. Over the years they have been pitched a lot of ideas such as recycling plants that employ the homeless, better access to autism treatment, human-powered farm machines, and a lot more!Join TCU for its 10th year of celebrating trailblazers. Bring your idea. Change the world. Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Tulane Business Model Competition
Complete applications due Monday, January 27th, 2020 at 11:59 PM CT
Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at A. B. Freeman School of Business

Tulane Business Model Competition (TBMC) is a premier event sponsored and executed by the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the A. B. Freeman School of Business. This student startup competition is open to teams that include at least one degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student. In its 19th year, the Tulane Business Model Competition received a record number of applications from a record number of schools. The competition awards over $40,000 in cash prizes to student-led startups and early-stage ventures from across the country that demonstrates high-growth potential and a market-tested ability to adapt to customer needs. In its nineteenth year, the 2019 event attracted 92 applications from 44 universities across the nation.