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2013 Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference

Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative

Friday, November 1, 2013 from 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Grinspoon, Garvey & Young
Entrepreneurship Conference

 "Ignite the Dream, Embrace the Journey"

Friday, November 1, 2013
8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA


8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- Registration, Entrepreneur Exhibits & Opportunities

9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. -- Welcoming Remarks

9:10 a.m. to 10 a.m. --The Amazing Reinvention Challenge

10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. --Break & Entrepreneur Exhibits & Opportunities

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -- Breakout Session 1 (Choose One Session):

Epic Stories From Grinspoon Award Winners

Overcoming Challenges, or, Why Entrepreneurship Sometimes Makes Us Cry

Ten Winning Strategies For Success

The Shark Tank: 90 second pitches With judges

Building Excitement With New Product Development For High-Speed Business


11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Break & Entrepreneur Exhibits/Opportunities

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-- Breakout Session 2 (Repeat of Session One):
Epic Stories from Grinspoon Award Winners
The Best and Worst Ideas to Change the World
The Shark Tank: 90 second pitches With judges

The Shark Tank: 90 second pitches With judges

Building Excitement With New Product Development For High-Speed Business

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. -- Lunch & Keynote Speaker, Marcie Muehlke

Marcie Muehlke is the Founder and CEO of Celia Grace Eco & Fair Trade Wedding Dresses, a fast-growing for-profit social enterprise.  Celia Grace provides brides with gorgeous wedding dresses that match their values of human rights, environmental sustainability, and empowering women. The wedding dresses are hand made by women’s cooperatives, fair trade producers, and refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. They provide women with safe, fair, and empowering work that gives women dignity, respect, skills, and self-confidence so that they can better themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Company launched sales in April 2012 and now sells its dresses across the US from Hawaii to Massachusetts (including three permanent locations – two wholesale).  They are about to go global and are in talks with shops in England and South Africa. 

Marcie has a graduate degree in public policy, an MBA from UMass Amherst, and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.  She is also a graduate of the Valley Venture Mentors mentoring program.

1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. -- Morning Competition Winner Announcements,
Raffle and Close

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Have questions about 2013 Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference? Contact Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative

When & Where

MassMutual Center
1277 Main St
Springfield, MA 01103-1901

Friday, November 1, 2013 from 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Entrepreneurship Initiative is championed by a committee of faculty advisors from the following area colleges:

  • American International College 
  • Amherst College
  • Bay Path University 
  • The Elms College 
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Hampshire College
  • Holyoke Community College 
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • Smith College 
  • Springfield College 
  • Springfield Technical Community College 
  • Western New England University 
  • Westfield State University
  • UMass - Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

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