Entrepreneurship Initiative

The mission of the 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.

Harold Grinspoon, real estate entrepreneur, founded the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) in 2003 (a program of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation) to elevate the importance of entrepreneurship and recognize entrepreneurial excellence among college students. A regional collaboration of Pioneer Valley colleges and universities, Grinspoon EI hosts two high-profile events, and recognizes outstanding students with Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards. 
Grinspoon EI delivers annually  
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Participating Colleges

American International College Marshall Epstein
Amherst College Emily Griffen
Bay Path University Laurie Rosner
Elms College Amanda Garcia
Greenfield Community College Michelle Barthelemy
Hampshire College Dawn Leaks, Roxanne Finn
Holyoke Community College Ellen Majka
Mt. Holyoke College Rick Feldman
Smith College Susannah Howe, Rene Heavlow
Springfield College Pam Baran, Eileen Cyr
Springfield Technical Community College Diane Sabato
University of Massachusetts Stephen Brand, Bob Lowry
Western New England University Mary Schoonmaker
Westfield State University Kim Sherman, Bradford Knipes


Annual Conference
Entrepreneurship Awards


For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: [email protected] or 413-276-0831.

Participating Colleges

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