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Spelpreneur Schedule of Events

Spelpreneur Schedule of Events

Coca-Cola Intergenerational Leadership Mentoring Program

Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Spelman

Come and hear how the Spelpreneur program can help you realize your dream. The program offers weekly sessions where you can learn how to start your own innovative business, find an entrepreneur mentor, and network with entrepreneurs.

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  • Spelpreneur 10 Day Startup Competition

    Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 to Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
    How to find us: LLCII Auditorium and Suites Private Dining Room

    Don't Miss Pitch Night!

    Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. |  LLCll Auditorium
    Pitch night is the culminating event of the Spelpreneur series where approximately 30 students representing nine teams will pitch their solutions developed during the 10 Day Startup Competition. Due to limited seating, registration is required. Please register by Thursday, Feb. 22.

    Register For Pitch Night

    OVERVIEW

    In its continuing effort to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, the Spelpreneur program will kick-off its inaugural Spelpreneur 10-Day Startup Competition on Feb. 18, 2018.

    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, select a challenge, diagnose the problem, demonstrate how their idea presents the best solution to the problem, and identify what resources it takes to develop a minimum viable product.

    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 two to four Spelman students.

    NOTE: Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete at Pitch Night.

    CHALLENGES

    Teams may choose from one of the following challenges:

    • Spelman College: Categories include academic dishonesty, student homelessness, sexual assault, food insecurity, and more
    • West End of Atlanta: Categories include affordable housing, property preservation, history preservation, job training and college readiness for Washington High School students/alumni
    • Wild Card: Student teams choose their own challenge to address

    EDUCATIONAL STIPENDS

    Grand Award - $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

    PRE-REQUISITES

    The competition is open to any student currently enrolled at Spelman College. All majors are welcome. Students must bring their own laptops or have access to a computer during the program.   

    SCHEDULE

    Team members must attend all required sessions to be eligible to compete at Pitch Night.

    Day 1 | Sunday, Feb. 18 | 3 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
    Day 2 | Monday, Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
    Day 3 | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | On Your Own
    Day 4 | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
    Day 5 | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.  | Suite Private Dining Room (required)

    Day 6 | Friday, Feb. 23 | On Your Own
    Day 7 | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 2 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium
    Day 8 | Sunday, Feb. 25 | 2 - 5 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium
    Day 9 | Monday, Feb. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium (required)
    Day 10 | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium

    Pitch Night | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. | LLCII Auditorium

MENTOR

  • Jan

    23

    Students will engage in a series of 10-minute conversations with alumnae entrepreneurs and get feedback on previous assignments.

INSPIRE: Speaker Series

Jan. 30 - Feb. 13, 2018
In its continued effort to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, Spelman College will feature a series of  inspiring entrepreneurs who have “been there and done that.” From a tech startup and hair pioneer to a  social “do-gooder,” come hear how these entrepreneurs have turned problem-solving ideas into million-dollar results and groundbreaking solutions.

EMPOWER: Competition Series

Feb. 18 - Feb. 28, 2018
Spelpreneur 10 Day Startup Competition

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, select a challenge, diagnose the problem, demonstrate how their idea presents the best solution to the problem, and identify what resources it takes to develop a minimum viable product.
 

EDUCATE: Fundamental Series

Sept. 19 - Nov. 14, 2017
Students will be introduced to the mindset, skills, resources, and roles of the entrepreneur; importance of innovation; and critical steps of entrepreneurship.

All sessions are either Tuesday or Thursday, 6 - 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Click on the event to view details, as well as to register.

  • Sep

    19

    A panel discussion where you'll learn the skills and mind-set of an entrepreneur, factors that influence one’s decision to be an entrepreneur, and the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.
  • Sep

    26

    Hear from innovators and entrepreneurs Brandy Nagel and Dayka Robinson, C'2005, and work with mentors to dissect innovative business ideas and begin customer discovery.
  • Oct

    03

    Hear from Jane McCracken with ATDC, and work with mentors to create a business model canvas.
  • Oct

    12

    Get a demonstration from Kirsten Bray, C’2018, and tour the Innovation Lab with Dr. Jerry Volcy and Jessica Anderson. Design a prototype and/or identify tools needed to create a product/deliver a service.
  • Oct

    19

    Students engage in a series of 10-minute conversations with alumnae entrepreneurs and get feedback from previous assignments.
  • Oct

    24

    A limited number of students will tour the BIG Incubator to see resources available to assist entrepreneurs in starting up and sustaining their businesses.
  • Nov

    07

    A panel discussion with Tosha McDade, C’2004, and Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, moderated by Nakia Melecio, where you will learn steps and funding options you can take now to be in a good financial position.
  • Nov

    14

    Students present business model canvas and Innovation Lab creation.
Spelpreneur 10 Day Challenge