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2018 Pitch Night Group


Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Spelman

  • Are you curious about entrepreneurship?
  • Are you a student entrepreneur in the early stages of your business development?
  • Do you need some business tips to run and grow your side hustle/business?
  • Did you know that an entrepreneurial mindset is applied in various work organizations?

What is Spelpreneur?

Spelpreneur is a co-curricular education initiative that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation at Spelman College. Spelpreneur educates, inspires, and empowers students. It is opened to all current Spelman students. In 2023-2024, Spelpreneur will offer two (2) programs:

  • Spelpreneur Program
  • HBCU Founders Initiative (HBCUFI) Pre-Accelerator Program
Spelman College students, Spelpreneur is for YOU! 

Learn more about the Spelpreneur Program

The Spelpreneur Program

The Spelpreneur Program introduces students to the fundamentals that will advance their knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship. Programming is organized into three categories: EDUCATE, INSPIRE, AND EMPOWER.

In the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year, all Spelman students will be invited to apply for the Spelpreneur program. Those selected will have the opportunity to participate in weekly programming and receive benefits during the semester. Also, all Spelman students will be invited to apply for the 10-Day Startup Competition. Those who complete the Competition will have the opportunity to receive benefits.

Group of Spelpreneur students working together



With our Fundamental Series, students learn about the entrepreneurial mindset as well as key concepts of starting, running, and growing a business.


With our Entrepreneur Chats, students engage with successful entrepreneurs who openly talk about their entrepreneurial journey. With our Speed Mentoring, students meet 1-on-1 with entrepreneurs to discuss their business idea or business/side hustle and learn about successful business practices.

Spelpreneur alumne talking to student

Spelpreneur students and judges at pitch night


With our 10-Day Start-up Competition (held in the Spring), students will:

  • apply for the competition
  • form teams of 2 to 4 members
  • 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 at a “Shark Tank” style event, competing for financial prize packages

HBCU Founders Initiative (HBCUFI) Pre-Accelerator

HBCU Founders Initiative (HBCUFI) Pre-Accelerator program, a partnership with HBCU Founders Initiative, is an eight-week empowering program that focuses on student entrepreneurs with early-stage companies and are ready to validate a problem and build a minimum viable product (MVP).

  • Various topics will be covered weekly during virtual sessions
  • Occasional on-campus activities are also planned
  • Advisers and mentors will provide guidance
  • The program will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Teams will be eligible to receive funding in support of MVP development from HBCUFI
  • Teams will also be eligible to receive financial stipends for completion of this program from Spelpreneur
  • Student teams of 1 to 4 members may apply


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