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2018 Pitch Night Group


Spelman College's Spelpreneur Program Starts Jan. 24

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 2022-2023, Spelpreneur will offer two (2) programs:

  • Spelpreneur Start Program
  • Spelpreneur Pre-Accelerator Program
Spelman College students, Spelpreneur is for YOU! 

The Spelpreneur Start Program

The Spelpreneur Start 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.

On a weekly basis during the Fall and Spring semesters, there will be on campus and virtual programming. Students may voluntarily participate in all programming sessions. There will be weekly eblasts and Instagram posts from Spelpreneur to register for these sessions.

Group of Spelpreneur students working together


With our Fundamental Series, students learn about the entrepreneurial mindset as well as key aspects 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

Spelpreneur Pre-Accelerator Program 

The Spelpreneur Pre-Accelerator Program, a new 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 my apply

Register for Spelpreneur START sessions

Spelpreneur START Program Sponsors for 2022-2023

The Home Depot logo

Presenting Sponsor — The Home Depot


Spelman College Spelpreneur sponsor Morgan Stanley

Gold Level Sponsor — Morgan Stanley 


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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