“Innovation Trek” Introduces Students to Entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley

October 20, 2014

By Isa Goldberg ’17


Participants in the Innovation Trek program paused for a picture during an event in Northern California.

During the October mid-semester break, the Amherst College Career Center premiered its new Innovation Trek program. The initiative brought a group of 12 students—from different majors and class years—to Silicon Valley for several days of networking, site visits, panel discussions, receptions, and group reflection with business leaders and more than 25 alumni.


Harold Grinspoon Amherst College Spirit Awardees

The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative Amherst College Spirit Award winners, L-R: Cari Carpenter, Director of the Entrepreneurship Intitative; Alex Widen '09; Nigel Carr '10; Eric Lax '13; Harold Grinspoon; Ursula Olender, Director, Amherst College Career Center

Starting at the Top: Eric Lax '13 and Trext

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:35 PM

by William Sweet

Like many members of the recently graduated Class of 2013, Eric Lax is starting the summer in a new job. Unlike many of his counterparts, he’s starting at the top.

Putting aside his original plans to find an entry-level job for two years and go on to an economics Ph.D. program or business school, Lax is starting the summer as chief executive officer of Trext, Inc., a software firm that he founded with three students from Hampshire College.