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2018 Pitch Night Group

Spelpreneur

Coca-Cola Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program

Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Spelman

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Spelpreneur Returns Jan. 2019

Are you an entrepreneur, or have you ever dreamed of becoming one? Come and learn how the Spelpreneur program can help you. The program offers sessions where you can learn how to start your own innovative business, find an entrepreneur mentor, and network with entrepreneurs. It also offers you an opportunity to participate in a 10-day startup competition with winners receiving educational stipends.

Schedule of Events

The objective of the Spelpreneur program is to introduce Spelman students who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as students who are entrepreneurs, to the basic fundamentals that advance their knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation.  

  Program Outcomes

  • Students start to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Students are introduced to a framework for identifying an idea and proving an idea is a minimum viable product.  
  • Students develop mentoring relationships.

Spelpreneur 2017-18 Highlights

Spelpreneur Hosts First Pitch Night to Empower Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship 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, who 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. 

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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.

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