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Spelpreneur Schedule of Events

Spelpreneur Schedule of Events

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.

Spelpreneur 10-Day Startup Competition

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 to Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

  • LLCII Auditorium and Suites Private Dining Room

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Spelpreneur 10-day ChallengeOverview

In its continuing effort to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, the Spelpreneur program will kick off the Spelpreneur 10-Day Startup Competition Feb. 17 - 27, 2019. Aspiring entrepreneurs at Spelman College will hone skills needed to advance through the process from problem identification to minimum viable product. In 10 days, students will form teams; identify a unique problem; demonstrate how their idea presents the best solution to the problem; build a mock-up and business case; and pitch “Shark Tank” style idea.

How the Competition Works

This program is like a hackathon spread over 10 days. In this fast-paced and immersive environment, student teams will be taught new startup concepts each day and will be expected to implement them immediately with the help of a combination of Spelman faculty/staff, Spelman alumnae entrepreneurs, and Atlanta-based women entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors.

Teams will be composed of a minimum of 2 members or a maximum of 4 members.

Teams are not limited to a specific category of problems.

Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete on Pitch Day.


Grand Prize - $1,000 per team
1st runner-up - $500 per team
2nd runner-up - $250 per team

Students Walk Away Empowered With:

  • Having identified a specific, important, and large problem
  • How to develop a hypothesis of their target customer and quality feedback from customers and industry experts
  • A mock-up and landing page
  • A revenue model outline with the ability to be implemented across multiple markets
  • Mentors and expanded network


The competition is open to any student currently enrolled at Spelman College. All majors are welcomed. Students must bring their own laptops, or have access to a computer during the program. If a student participated in the 10-day Startup Competition in 2018, the student will need to identify a problem in 2019 that is different from the one presented in 2018.

Competition Schedule

Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete at Pitch Night. Apply by Feb. 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Day 1 | Sunday, Feb. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 2 | Monday, Feb. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Manley Atrium (required)
Day 3 | Tuesday, Feb. 19 | On Your Own
Day 4 | Wednesday, Feb. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Suites Private Dining Room (required)
Day 5 | Thursday, Feb. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.  | Manley Atrium (required)

Day 6 | Friday, Feb. 22 | On Your Own
Day 7 | Saturday, Feb. 23 | 1 - 3 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 8 | Sunday, Feb. 24 | 3 - 5 p.m. |  LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 9 | Monday, Feb. 25 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
Day 10 | Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 
On Your Own
Pitch Night | Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 6 - 9 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium

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