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.

2020 Awards Ceremony and Banquet

April 29, 2020
The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA

Program Highlights

Keynote Speaker:

To Be Announced

Grinspoon Class of 2020 Entrepreneur Showcase
Live Elevator Pitch Competition

For more information about the banquet, please email [email protected] 

View the 2018 Banquet Photos

“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


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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