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Entrepreneurship is grass-roots economic development.

Whether you have a great business idea, want to be an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist, or simply want to explore self-employment options and what being your own boss would be like, we hope you will check out our workshops throughout the year.

SPRING 2016 DATES TBA

 

SPRING 2015

draper Business Plan Development Workshops

12:15 to 1:05 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104. Lunch provided.

Build entrepreneurship skills for a future of business ownership or self-employment. Students - alone or in a team - will work to develop their own business plans and can enter to win their share of $25,000 in cash and prizes at the Draper Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition on Friday, April 10, 2015.

  • February 2
    (Rescheduled to 2/6 due to snowstorm)

    Competition Kick-Off with Professor Susannah Howe
  • February 9
    (Rescheduled to 2/13 due to snowstorm)

    The Executive Summary with Angela Lussier & Deana Prest
  • February 16

    Financials, Part I with Rick Feldman & Rick Plaut
  • February 23

    Financials, Part II with Rick Feldman & Rick Plaut
  • March 2

    Alumnae Stories with Elizabeth Crowell '93, an Angel Investor and co-owner of Sterling Place

It's recommended that you register for the workshops, but you can just attend!

Register with Judy Fountain at jfountai@smith.edu

 

Do you need help with your business plan?

WFI is offering office hours with Rick Plaut & Rick Feldman of Valley Venture Mentors to assist you with your business plan, executive summary, and many other challenges when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. with Rick Plaut

Fridays 2:30-4:30 p.m. with Rick Feldman

Please email them to make an appointment: rplaut@smith.edu, rfeldman@smith.edu. Open to Smith College students only.

 

Alumnae Coaching Opportunities

For more information about becoming an Alumnae Coach for
a student team, e-mail the Draper Coordinator, Rene Heavlow at: draper@smith.edu
On and off campus opportunities available.

 

THE $50 CHALLENGE

HOW TO PITCH AN IDEA IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS

12th ANNUAL ELEVATOR PITCH CONTEST

 

The Annual Draper Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition

is designed to introduce Smith students to the skills they need to plan and launch a viable business model. As part of this hands-on experience, students will learn frameworks within which to evaluate the sustainability of their ideas and how to present their ideas to potential investors.