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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.


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.


RiseAtSmith Venture Consultant Training Program

The RiseAt Venture Consultant Training Program aims to create a systemic and data driven method to support validated learning in entrepreneurship. RiseAt provides a platform for students to actively engage with college entrepreneurs and community ventures within a well-documented and structured framework. Rise@Smith Consultants will be introduced to industry best practices, innovative tools, and a network of experts. After four weeks of preparatory workshops, discourse, and training, RiseAtSmith Consultants will guide entrepreneurs in validating their assumptions and strengthening their business foundation in order to progress towards investment readiness. For more information, contact RiseAtSmith.



#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.


Halcyon Incubator

Application Deadline: October 17, 2017

Calling all social entrepreneurs! DC-based Halcyon Incubator Fellowship seeks early-stage social entrepreneurs from across the globe. Why apply? Free 5-month housing with $10,000 stipend and no equity! Pro bono legal, business, & communications support. Industry-specific mentoring. Leadership coaching. Tactical networking with investors & much more!


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.


Project Entrepreneur

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017

Project Entrepreneur's 2017/18 Venture Competition is now open to women entrepreneurs who have an existing prototype or beta technology and plan to build high-growth companies. The top 200 applicants will be invited to attend our April 2018 PE Intensive in NYC where they will receive targeted support for their companies. The PE Intensive will culminate in a live pitch competition, where five winning companies will each receive a $10,000 grant and a spot in our five-week accelerator program hosted at Rent the Runway. Apply, share and join the conversation using #PEVC17.


Shoobx Drive Conference: Reduce Friction. Gain Traction.

1/2 Day Conference: November 14, 2017

Calling all startups! Join entrepreneurs, attorneys, and investors for an afternoon of forward-looking speakers, panel discussions, and connections to drive your business where you want it to go. Student entrepreneurs who enter promo code STUDENTFOUNDER will receive 50% of ticket price.


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.


VVM Startup Accelerator

Application deadline: October 18, 2017

Core training, meetings, and events are held in “one long weekend a month” bootcamps, featuring hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, workshops cover strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team-building, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets for valuations. Teams then participate in a public showcase and rounds of competition for awards of up to $25,000 to support your venture.