Entrepreneurship Banquet

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.

The annual Grinspoon Awards Ceremony and Banquet is attended by over 400 people each year. It is a celebration of entrepreneurship with a focus on our students who have won awards for demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit. Individuals and teams exhibit their businesses and compete for additional prize money. 
Each year a keynote speaker tells their personal entrepreneurial story to an audience of college presidents, faculty, students and family members.

2019 Banquet

Wednesday April 24, Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA
For more information on the Banquet, please email [email protected]


“I dare anyone who attends the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Banquet to not walk away inspired by the creativity among our college students in the Valley.”

Eric Gouvin, Dean, Western New England School of Law, Grinspoon Advisory Committee


Additionally, the much-anticipated Live Elevator Pitch Competition takes place at this event.

Banquet Program
5:00-6:20pm Award Winners Business Exhibition
6:25pm Welcome & Introductions
6:45pm Community Bank Sponsored Elevator Pitch Competition
7:15pm Dinner
7:45 Keynote Speaker – To be announced soon
8:20pm Award Ceremony
Entrepreneur Awards & Faculty Recognition; Announcement of Entrepreneur Exhibit Winners, Grinspoon Garvey & Young Alumni Award, and Elevator Pitch Winners

View the 2018 Banquet Photos



Annual Conference
Entrepreneurship Awards

Press Release


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

Participating Colleges

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