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Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Spelman

Are you an entrepreneur, or have you ever dreamed of becoming one?

Back By Popular Demand! Spelpreneur 2021 is in Session! 

The Home Depot logo Join us for a series of entrepreneur chats and innovative workshops where you may be eligible for gifts. Participate in a speed mentoring session where you will mingle with successful entrepreneurs. Apply for the annual Spelpreneur startup competition, which will be awarding a total of $10,000 in educational stipends this academic year. Come out, network, and boost your business or satisfy your curiosity about entrepreneurship.

Spelpreneur thanks The Home Depot for being a presenting sponsor during the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Google Sponsors Spelman College's Spelpreneur ProgramA special thanks to Google for being a contributing sponsor of this year's Spelpreneur program.

Schedule of Events

What is Spelpreneur?

Spelpreneur is a co-curricular entrepreneurship education initiative open to all Spelman students, especially those who are interested in entrepreneurship and are existing entrepreneurs. It introduces students to the fundamentals that will advance their knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.

Spelpreneur Programming Components

Group of Spelpreneur students working together


With our Fundamental Series, students learn about:

  • the mindset, skills and resources of entrepreneurship
  • importance of innovation
  • critical steps of starting a business


With our Entrepreneur Chats, students engage with known entrepreneurs who openly talk about their entrepreneurial journey.

Spelpreneur alumne talking to student

Spelpreneur students and judges at pitch night


With our 10-Day Start-up Competition, students will:

  • form teams
  • identify a unique problem
  • work with mentors
  • collaborate with the Spelman Innovation Lab
  • demonstrate how their idea presents the best solution to the problem
  • build a mock-up and business case
  • pitch a “Shark Tank” style idea

Hear What Spelpreneur Program Participants Have to Say . . .

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.

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