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Sustainable Community Development: Local Change in Action

Sustainable Community Development-002In the face of climate change, aging infrastructure and growing social inequities, graduates of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Sustainable Community Development (SCD) program are busy tackling the myriad challenges…
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Turner ’11 Named Forty Under 40 in Energy Industry

Oil Gas 40 Under 40Evan Turner ’11, founder and managing partner of the New York City-based, energy-focused private equity firm, Drillcore Energy Partners, LLC, was recently named to Oil & Gas Investor’s “Forty Under…
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At J.P. Morgan Chase, Weingast Thanks Alums

Weingast 1For Elizabeth Weingast ’18, the “continued guidance and support” of HWS alums has not only helped her find a niche in the financial world, but a platform to mentor current…
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Drennen Named USAEE Senior Fellow

Drennen TomThomas E. Drennen, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department and Entrepreneurial Studies Program, was recognized this fall with the Senior Fellow Award from the United States…
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Hackathon 2018 Tackles Public Education in America

Hackathon6The fourth annual HWS Hackathon featured eight teams of students who developed innovative ideas for addressing some of the challenges facing educators in the U.S. The winning team, “The Innovators,”…
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HWS Celebrates 10 Years of the Centennial Center

Centennial Center Fish 1During the fall gathering of the Board of Trustees, Hobart and William Smith celebrated 10 years of success and growth at the Centennial Center, home to the Colleges’ flagship programs…
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The Pitch

The Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is a driver of innovation. Entrepreneurs add value to ideas that transform communities, improve systems, and create products or services that change the way we interact with our world and with each other. Their impact can be intellectual, cultural, social or financial. They come from a wide variety of professional sectors and a range of academic disciplines.

The Idea

The Pitch is an entrepreneurial contest that will help one student bring his or her big idea to life. Students interested in participating in The Pitch will be supported at every stage of the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation to implementation. The winner will receive up to $10,000 toward transforming their idea into reality.

The Challenge

Submit a proposal, following the guidelines presented on the Application. If selected as a semi-finalist, you will be paired with a mentor with entrepreneurial experience to help strengthen your proposal. After a round of revision, the semi-finalists will be narrowed to five finalists who will participate in The Pitch for a chance to win up to $10,000.

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