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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.


Internal

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.

Spring Application Deadline: Rolling deadline


External

European Innovation Academy

Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and take part in a life-changing experience. European Innovation Academy provides young entrepreneurs with tools, mindset and global ambition in Italy, Portugal and China. On top of that, the program happening in Hong Kong is offering a great chance to learn about the opportunities desired Chinese market offers. Startups in our program validate their ideas quickly to avoid wasting time on a product nobody wants. Teams meet their potential customers right on the city streets of Turin, Lisbon and Hong Kong to see if their ideas will hold-up. Startups present their ideas and solutions to all other participants, mentors and visitors at our public Startup Exposition. Teams will need to pitch their product while responding to questions to gain feedback from industry professionals and fellow peers. The program dates are as follows: Turin, Italy | 7 - 26 July 2019, Cascais, Portugal | 14 July - 2 August 2019, and Hong Kong, China | 18-31 July 2019. (China Application deadline: March 30, 2019; Italy and Portugal Application deadline: April 30, 2019)

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge

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.

So You Think You Can Pitch?

MassChallenge believes startups are the future, and in response to that is looking for self-motivated students, hard working individuals, and startup enthusiasts to join the team. MassChallenge has partnered with ScholarJet to give an undergraduate student enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university a $2,000 scholarship and the chance to be hired by MassChallenge for a paid summer internship. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in a Massachusetts based school, and the student must be financial aid eligible, meaning that students must receive some form of financial aid from the government or their school. Create a pitch for your favorite company or your startup by addressing the prompt with a video, PowerPoint presentation, song, etc. MassChallenge does not determine how the winner spends their money and the winner is allowed to work somewhere else for the summer and not accept the internship offer!

TechConnect World 2019

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The 2019 TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program - more than 35 world-class technical symposium, and the Nanotech Conference Series – the world's largest and longest running nanotechnology event. Through these joint programs, TechConnect has published over 10,000 technical papers, connected over 20,000 innovations with industry partners, provided prospecting to most all Fortune 500 technology companies, and supported most every U.S. Science and Technology agency including the National Nanotechnology Initiative since its inception. Join the world's brightest researchers, innovators, and technology prospectors as they convene in Boston, MA, June 17-19, 2019. (Apply before April 20, 2019 for an early bird discount)

Undergraduate Venture Capital Internship - Fall 2019

The AVG internship is an opportunity for an undergraduate to get his or her foot in the door of the venture industry and join a fast-paced, professional, and entrepreneurial environment building the AVG brand and community. This a desirable industry and post, and the selection process is highly selective. We offer our interns both a salary and paid-for apartment housing. Each Intern will need to be sponsored by an AVG employee, or Responsible Person (RP). RP's will be in charge of coordinating the intern’s projects and will oversee their experience within AVG. Ideally, the RP will become a mentor and/or valuable connection for the intern post-program. Interns may have the opportunity to attend company trips, outings, lunches, etc. based on the timing of their cohort. Interns will also be invited to multiple “Lunch & Learns” throughout the program. (Second round application deadline: May 3rd, 2019)