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The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee has now opened an application for entrepreneurial funding which will be opened until March 6, 2020 for Western New England students to apply in order to support their efforts of entrepreneurial funding.

Western New England University has been involved in a wide diversity of competitions for innovative startups. Below are some of the recent events that students have participated in.

  • Students attending the Entrepreneurship Banquet through Grinspoon Competition

Western Mass Innovation Jam

Take the first step (or next step) on your innovator’s journey 

New to innovation? The Western Mass Innovation Jam (WMIJ) is designed to help you unlock your innovation potential and develop skills essential to innovating in any context. You will learn design thinking strategies for developing ideas and innovations.

Do you already have an idea for a new venture? WMIJ is for you too! WMIJ is designed to help you work through the key components of a good early stage idea, collaborate with others, and get feedback on your idea.

The weekend starts with brainstorming on individual product/service ideas and ends with final pitch for the team’s innovation. Experienced innovators and entrepreneurs will help guide you through the weekend and final pitch.

This resume building opportunity is open to all students of all disciplines. Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Western New England University are the collegiate hosts. The weekend is open to all Grinspoon College/Universities.

Sponsored by People's Bank

Grinspoon Awards

The mission of the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative is to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by fostering an educational environment among participating colleges and universities that informs, supports, and inspires students, and by recognizing and awarding students who display entrepreneurial spirit. Students typically compete in the Elevator Pitch Competition and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards. 

Link to Harold Grinspoon Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiative