The Centennial Center
Welcome to The Centennial Center
The Centennial Center is a dynamic center that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs to drive innovation. Through experiential education, the Centennial Center provides students and staff with the opportunities to explore leadership and entrepreneurship through the application of theoretical and practical knowledge.
Grounded in the campus values of equity, service and living lives of consequence, the Center is deeply invested in developing young leaders who are globally aware, community centric and exceedingly capable of leadership and entrepreneurship with significant social implications, and ethical business missions.
Upcoming Programs – Spring 2019
Coffee with The Experts
Do you need help with your entrepreneurial idea, startup or project? Drop in to The Bozzuto Center on Tuesday or Thursday morning and meet with our coaches to get feedback on startup projects, or make connections with legal, accounting, or technical subject matter experts.
Each year, the Centennial Center offers financial support to innovative student leaders in the form of fellowships. We invite proposals from current HWS students who can craft thoughtful projects that allow them to develop their leadership identity and engage in practical experiences with significant implications. The Cohen Fellow will develop a self-designed leadership project to be completed over the summer months. Projects can range from research, service work, community development, entrepreneurial initiatives, etc.
HWS Leads Spring 2019 Cohort
Applications for the upcoming HWS Leads Spring 2019 cohort are due April 1 at noon. Take part in a program that purposefully guides students in the study of leadership with the opportunity to develop as a leader through academic enrichment and applied learning.
The HWS MentorConnect program begins the development of your own personal mentor network by matching students with for-profit or non-profit entrepreneurial ideas with Alums having associated subject matter and/or domain expertise. Learn more!
NSF I-Corps Customer Discovery Short Course
Student entrepreneurs learn from potential customers and determine if their idea is solving a real-world problem with a sizeable market opportunity. In addition to providing entrepreneurial training, this National Science Foundation program focuses on new ways to view problems and solve real-life challenges. Sign up here!
HWS Summer Sandbox
The HWS Summer Sandbox Idea Accelerator (Summer Sandbox) is designed to serve as a launching point for student entrepreneurs and startup founders. Student teams, with assistance of staff, mentors, and subject matter experts, gain fundamental skills for moving any for-profit or non-profit idea from early concept to a sustainable business model. Learn more!
Leadership Speaker Series – Spring 2019
March 11, 2019 – Greg Shelley
April 2, 2019 – Kelly Payne
Click here to view videos of The Pitch and Summer Sandbox.
Pitch Winners: Where Are They Now?
This spring, Maxim Zibitsker ’19 won $10,000 in the final round of the Pitch Contest to launch Aqua Salutem Technologies, which uses artificial intelligence and a computer-based echolocation system to…
Geneva Mural to Showcase Diversity and Inclusion
Since winning the fourth annual HWS Hackathon, the victorious team, “The Innovators” have started to realize their successful idea of partnering with North Street Elementary School to create a mural…
Zibitsker ’19 Wins 2019 The Pitch
In a display of entrepreneurial thinking, intense preparation and persistence, Maxim Zibitsker ‘19 won $10,000 in the final round of the 2019 The Pitch Contest on Thursday night. Zibitsker pitched…