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Amherst College Entrepreneurship Initiative

Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Spirit Awards

The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative has announced that 60 local college students and alumni have been recognized for demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit by having launched a having a well-developed business concept. They were honored at the Foundation's annual banquet held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA.

Amherst College Concept and Spirit Award winners included:

A highlight  of the evening was a Live Elevator Pitch Competition. One contestant from each of our 14 participating colleges gave a 90 second pitch hoping to win the first place prize of $1000. Thais Correia '16 represented Amherst College in the Pitch Competition.  The keynote speaker was Aaron St. John, Founder & CEO of HitPoint Studios,the largest independent game studio in Massachusetts.

Participating institutions for the Initiative which encourages entrepreneurship among college students include: American International College, Amherst College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Greenfield Community College, Hampshire College, Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, University of Massachusetts, Western New England University, and Westfield State University. 

The Entrepreneurship Initiative is one of several initiatives supported by the philanthropist, Harold Grinspoon.  For more information about Harold Grinspoon Foundation initiatives, visit

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Alumni Entrepreneurs In The News

Eric Lax '13 - Trext

Parker Holcomb '11 - Research Habits Digital and All College Inc.

Justin Park '10 - Vidaao

Nigel Carr '10 & Christian Desrosiers '10 - Qorax Energy

Eric Glustrom '07 and Boris Bulayev '07 - Educate!

Adam Rodman '07 - Segra Capital Management

Lyndsey Scott '06

Bret Nicol '03 - Forgetful Gentleman & Empower the Athlete

Jim Zuffoletti '92 - OpenQ

Derek Ling ’88 - Tianji

Joel Greenwald '82, P'16 - Greenwald Wealth Management