Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Awards Announced
May 04, 2020
UMass students were recognized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiative in late April.
The mission of the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative is to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the Pioneer Valley by fostering an educational environment among participating colleges and universities that informs, supports, and inspires students, and by recognizing and rewarding students who display entrepreneurial spirit.
Concept awards are for pre-revenue for-profit businesses. The concept must be substantially developed but some work may still be needed before business is initiated. Current students and alumni within the last five years are eligible.
OpenThink, Nathan Kessel, University Without Walls
Balanced, Patrick Scanlon, sophomore, BDIC
Natural Apparel, Amanda Lee, freshman, marketing
Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards recognize entrepreneurial spirit. They are not seed money and, as such, there are no stipulations associated with the award. Recipients must have substantially started a for-profit business. Current students and alumni within the last five years are eligible.
Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards ($500-$600)
BizzyBox, Camillo Archuleta ’12, ’17G
Learn to Wrench, Ben Schroeder, Junior, BDIC
UMass’ Grinspoon Faculty Committee Members are Gregory S Thomas (Executive Director, Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship; lecturer, management dept.), Carly Forcade (Program Manager, Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship) and Eric Crawley (Entrepreneur-in-Residence, College of Engineering). This trio recommended students for Grinspoon Awards.
The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts initiates teaching, programming and mentoring while making the innovation and entrepreneurial resources of the Commonwealth's largest university available to students, alumni, faculty and staff.