Skip Navigation


Valley Venture Mentors logo in window

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.


House Sustainability Challenge

Submission Deadline: December 4, 2017

As part of Smith College’s efforts to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into institutional operations, the House Sustainability Challenge seeks to develop innovative programs and strategies that help increase student engagement through house activities. The House Sustainability Challenge invites Smith College houses to develop programs that promote scalable, sustainable practices that can be adopted or implemented by houses campus-wide.  Proposals to be developed by teams of two to five students.  A house can have multiple teams or work with another house to create a team.  If two house join forces, the team member limit still remains.

PDF iconChallenge_Details 9.27.pdf

PDF iconHSC.pdf



#GIRLBOSS Foundation

Winter Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017

The GIRLBOSS® Foundation awards one grant biannually to female entrepreneurs pursuing creative endeavors. Each grant beneficiary will receive project funding of $15,000, in addition to exposure through the GIRLBOSS® digital channels. Grants are exclusive to female creative business owners in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts. To be eligible, applicants must identify as female, US residents, that are or will be 18 years or older by the close of the submission window. Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept international applications.


Collegiate Accelerator

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Are you, or do you know, a college student with a great idea? Valley Venture Mentor's Collegiate Accelerator will begin accepting applications for its 2-month summer program on December 1, 2017. Applications will remain open through February 15.



Application Deadline: December 14, 2017

Early-stage companies (and nonprofits) strengthen their pitches for funders, solidify a business plan, articulate their goals and challenges, and tap into the expertise of the Valley Venture Mentor mentorship community at a critical moment to move their business forward. Each startup works closely with a facilitator to identify milestones, track accomplishments, and negotiate pivots when needed. Ventures emerge with a dramatically improved business model and a deep network of people ready and willing to help them far into the future.


PRIMIA Risk Management $10K Challenge

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

The PRMC, a competition of the PRMIA Institute, encourages students from multiple disciplines to use critical and creative thinking skills to solve realistic business problems with a risk management focus. The PRMC develops and strengthens professional and social relationships across students, faculty, and risk professionals. The competition is open to students from around the world.


Student Data Competition

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on acceleration and early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world. The winning team will have their submission published, and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Up to two runner-up submissions may be awarded $500 each.


Student Entrepreneur Program

Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENC SEP) fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in 2008, nearly 200 students from 60+ colleges and universities across the country have graduated from SEP.