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2018 Pitch Night Group


Coca-Cola Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program

Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Spelman

Spelpreneur Hosts First Pitch Night to Empower Aspiring Entrepreneurs

10 Day Start-up Winners

blue-quote-leftEntrepreneurship and tech startups are all the rage for several different reasons, and so educational institutions have to prepare their students for the future," said Joey Womack, CEO of Amplify4Good, an Atlanta-based agency that produces hackathons and innovative programs to help organizations create social impact. Womack, served as producer and coach for Spelman’s startup competition, is correct. A 2014 Bentley University survey of millennials from ages 18 to 34 found that two-thirds are interested in starting their own businesses. 

“Millennials want to innovate. Part of what’s fueling the increased interest is the availability of technology, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, which make the means of manufacturing accessible to everyone,” said Jerry Volcy, Ph.D., Innovation Lab director and Brown-Simmons Professor of Computer andInformation Sciences at Spelman. “Then how do you bring the cool thing you made to the masses? 

Spelpreneur provides that for our students. It’s a fantastic program that complements what we do in the Innovation Lab.” 

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The Proof is the Product

Student CEO Shares Benefits of Spelpreneur Program

Patrisha Hedgemond, C'2018, is the founder and CEO of Cultural Cosmetics, a budding beauty company based in Miami, Florida. Hedgemond started her business at 17, but as a second-year participant in the College's Spelpreneur initiative, she shares how the program has helped her elevate her business to the next level. The Coca-Cola Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program or Spelpreneur, offers weekly sessions where students learn how to start an innovative business, find an entrepreneur mentor, and network with entrepreneurs.



  • Expose students to basic entrepreneurial fundamentals and the role of the entrepreneur
  • Ensure students recognize “innovation is anything but business as usual”
  • Enable students to learn by doing


Students will develop:
  • a sense of entrepreneurial acumen
  • the ability to innovate and recognize compelling business opportunities
  • an awareness of the right people to include on their team to ensure entrepreneurial success