HWS IdeaLab

The Centennial Center is offering the HWS IdeaLab this fall.  Simply submit a brief proposal that outlines an idea for a product, service or organization (for-profit or non-profit).  Applicants will be selected to join a six-week accelerator program with expert faculty, staff and alumni with the goal of carving out your idea.  At the end of the six weeks, participants will resubmit their proposals for a chance at start up funding from a pool of $3000.  All majors are encouraged to apply!

What is it?

Idea labs are essentially start-up accelerator programs.  By providing a creative environment, peer feedback, mentoring resources, structured workshops and funding support, the HWS IdeaLab is a place to further your idea.  This program is designed to power up your idea in six weeks.  If you’ve always wanted to start a new product, service or organization, this program is for you.

How does it work?

The HWS IdeaLab is designed to bring student ideas to reality and to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership on campus.  It is housed at the Centennial Center but steered by a student selection committee.  Meaning, a small group of your peers in coordination with the Centennial Center will review each proposal and then determine how the $3000 is allocated at the end of the six weeks.

Who is eligible?

Any current HWS student can apply.  All majors and levels of experience are welcome.  If interested, simply fill out the application and describe your idea.  Applications will be reviewed by our student committee and selected for innovativeness and viability.  If you apply, it is important that you commit for the full six weeks.  Sessions are typically 90 minutes.

What will I learn?

The IdeaLab has assembled an array of faculty and staff to instruct workshops in topics such as idea creation, product development, cost structure and strategic planning.  Additionally, we will tap into our alumni network for expertise in marketing, design or management.  The lab will be a space for students to gather and work towards innovative ideas.  You’ll receive peer feedback, instructor challenge, mentor expertise and potential funding to support the implementation of your idea.

How does the funding work?

At the end of the six weeks, lab participants will submit a final proposal.  Our student committee in coordination with the Centennial Center will review the proposals and allocate the funding.  Funding will vary from individual to individual.  Any IdeaLab participant that makes it to the finals of The Pitch contest will receive an additional $1000.

How do students enter?

Applications will be available on the Centennial Center’s website. Contact Amy Forbes at for more information.


HWS IdeaLab Application


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