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Spelpreneur 10 Day Startup Competition

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 to Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

  • LLCII Auditorium and Suites Private Dining Room

Don't Miss Pitch Night!

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. |  LLCll Auditorium
Pitch night is the culminating event of the Spelpreneur series where approximately 30 students representing nine teams will pitch their solutions developed during the 10 Day Startup Competition. Due to limited seating, registration is required. Please register by Thursday, Feb. 22.

Register For Pitch Night


In its continuing effort to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, the Spelpreneur program will kick-off its inaugural Spelpreneur 10-Day Startup Competition on Feb. 18, 2018.

Aspiring entrepreneurs at Spelman College will hone skills needed to advance through the process from problem identification to minimum viable product. In 10 days, students will form teams, select a challenge, diagnose the problem, demonstrate how their idea presents the best solution to the problem, and identify what resources it takes to develop a minimum viable product.


This program is like a hackathon spread over 10 days. In this fast-paced and immersive environment, student teams will be taught new startup concepts each day and will be expected to implement them immediately with the help of a combination of Spelman faculty/staff, Spelman alumnae entrepreneurs, and Atlanta-based women entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors. 

Teams will be composed of two to four Spelman students.

NOTE: Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete at Pitch Night.


Teams may choose from one of the following challenges:

• Spelman College: Categories include academic dishonesty, student homelessness, sexual assault, food insecurity, and more
• West End of Atlanta: Categories include affordable housing, property preservation, history preservation, job training and college readiness for Washington High School students/alumni
• Wild Card: Student teams choose their own challenge to address


Grand Award - $1,000 per team
1st runner-up - $500 per team
2nd runner-up - $250 per team

Students walk away empowered with
• Having identified a specific, important, and large problem
• How to develop a hypothesis of their target customer and quality feedback from customers and industry experts
• A mock-up and landing page
• A revenue model outline with the ability to be implemented across multiple markets
• Mentors and expanded network


The competition is open to any student currently enrolled at Spelman College. All majors are welcome. Students must bring their own laptops or have access to a computer during the program.   


Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete at Pitch Night.

Day 1 | Sunday, Feb. 18 | 3 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 2 | Monday, Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 3 | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | On Your Own
Day 4 | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 5 | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.  | Suite Private Dining Room (required)

Day 6 | Friday, Feb. 23 | On Your Own
Day 7 | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 2 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium
Day 8 | Sunday, Feb. 25 | 2 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium
Day 9 | Monday, Feb. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 10 | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium

Pitch Night | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium

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