Entrepreneurship networking events and competitions provide an excellent opportunity to hone your business model, improve your presentation and pitch skills and generate funding and prize money for your venture.
The Innovation Challenge is a series of competitions designed to assist and reward UMass students and young alumni pursuing a novel business idea and developing it into a marketable product.
The goal is for interdisciplinary teams to conceptualize a product with regard to its scientific and technological design, identify customers, and create a business plan for the product's commercialization.
Have an idea but don't know where to turn? Idea Jams is a fun, easy first step for students to share their ideas with their peers and recruit the help they need to bring these ideas to life. Find out when the next Idea Jam is and see what else is happening by visiting our event calendar.
The Berthiaume Center is the entrepreneurial hub for UMass Amherst with strong connections around the Pioneer Valley. We are about inspiring, connecting and making the resources of the Commonwealth's Flagship Campus available to startups and ventures.
Learn more about how to gain insight into what it means to be an entrepreneur. Student Clubs, academic courses, and community resources are available to you here.
The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship is about teaching, mentoring, connecting, and making the resources of the Commonwealth's largest university available to you.
In early 2014 the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management was established thanks to the generous financial support of Diana and Doug Berthiaume. "I have seen firsthand how great research, a committed faculty and private partnerships give students a richer learning environment. Diana and I look forward to seeing the impact this new center will have across the university." - Doug Berthiaume
Headquartered in the Isenberg School of Management, the Center will become the central hub of a cross-campus network of scholars, innovators, and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education, and practice, all targeted at facilitating the transformation of ideas into business realities.
Maroon Venture Partners Fund I, LP is a for-profit venture fund that invests in early stage companies linked to UMass Amherst. Our investments are typically in the range of $50,000 to $200,000 and are often a venture’s initial outside equity funding. Our broader goal is to foster the growing spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the UMass Amherst community.