The tenth annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held this Friday, November 7th from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2014



Cari Carpenter, Director
Entrepreneurship Initiative
Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation




November 7th Conference Showcases Collegiate Entrepreneurs,

Competitions, Keynote Speaker


Springfield, Mass. - The tenth annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held this Friday, November 7th from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Over 450 students and faculty representing 14 area colleges are expected to attend the event, which includes hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits and a keynote speaker, and networking.


Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate and support college students to turn their ideas into small businesses.  Students will begin the day collaborating on teams representing several colleges and universities for the "Change-It-Up" competition.


There are five breakout sessions students can select from which include: Making Social Media Magic for Your Small Business; Epic Stories from Grinspoon Award Winners; The Shark Tank; Fun With Restaurants: Food and Beverage Challenges and Choices; and Entrepalooza.  The Shark Tank is a local take on the national television show of the same name. In each of these sessions, students will learn directly from successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and entrepreneurship faculty.  It is truly a community endeavor.

The keynote speaker this year is Parker Holcomb, Founder of All College, Inc. and Research Habits Digital. 

Over the past 6 years, Parker Holcomb (Amherst College '11) has started 3 businesses-All College Storage (est. 2008), All College Laundry (est.2009), and eHighlighter (est.2012)-as well as been an advocate of entrepreneurship efforts at Amherst College and throughout the Pioneer Valley. All College Storage operates the model, "Student Run. Professionally Done." And provides entrepreneurship opportunities to students wishing to establish their own campus businesses (along with Parker's guidance). Since Parker's graduation, All College Storage has grown from 7 to 23 campuses with a presence in 5 states from New York to Maine.


eHighlighter gained national recognition with features in dozens of ed tech articles, and became an Evernote Trunk Featured App in 2013. Over the past year, Parker has spent much of his time learning to code (iOS and Ruby on Rails) to advance his understanding and leadership in the technical area of his products.


Parker won the Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Alumni Entrepreneurship Award in 2014 and a Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2012. He is also a graduate of the Valley Venture Mentors Program.


College students at the participating colleges are able to attend the Conference thanks to the generosity of the Conference sponsors:  Silver Sponsors are Bueno Y Sano and the UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA Program. Bronze Sponsors are Northwestern Mutual, AAA of the Pioneer Valley, and the Springfield Venture Fund.


There will be 32 exhibitors including 20 former Grinspoon student awardees for having started businesses while in college.


Participating colleges include American International College, Amherst College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Greenfield Community College, Hampshire College, Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Western New England University and Westfield State University.


For more information contact Cari Carpenter, director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, at cari@hgf.org  or 413-335-3535.