Celebration of Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Entrepreneurship Initiative is to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by fostering an educational environment among participating colleges and universities that informs, supports, and inspires students, and by recognizing and awarding students who display entrepreneurial spirit.

 2022 Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit, April 27, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA
This exciting event features the accomplishments of our 2022 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winners and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of our region.

Guests will enjoy:

  • The Showcase of Entrepreneurs where award winners from 14 Western Massachusetts colleges and universities exhibit their businesses
  • A live Elevator Pitch Contest
  • Networking with entrepreneurial students and champions of entrepreneurship in our region, including college presidents, faculty, students, family members, and community business leaders

View the 2019 Banquet Photos

“I dare anyone who attends the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Banquet to not walk away inspired by the creativity among our college students in the Valley.”

Eric Gouvin, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Western New England University School of Law


Entrepreneurship Awards


For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: cari@hgf.org or 413-276-0831.

Participating Colleges

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