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 2020

Leadership Applied Workshops (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Over the course of the fall semester, the Centennial Center Staff and Campus Partners are offering 6 leadership applied workshops, training sessions, and speakers that are specifically designed to assist students in making connections between leadership theory and applied leadership experiences.

Innovation Series (Fridays)
This spring, the Innovation Series will be offered from 12:30-1:45pm on six different Fridays. Bring your lunch and join us anytime! Topics for these interactive sessions range from idea generation to creative thinking to project management.

HWS Leads Fall 2020 Cohort  (March 30)
Applications for the upcoming HWS Leads Fall 2020 cohort are due March 30 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 Pitch  (Event March 5)
This entrepreneurial leadership contest helps the winning student bring their big idea to life. Application period for this year’s contest is closed. Please join us at The Pitch event on March 5th.

HWS MentorConnect
This 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 for a 4-week mentor engagement. Applications due by March 9 at noon.

HWS Summer Sandbox
Each summer we host an immersive 9-week accelerator program designed to serve as a launching point for student entrepreneurs and startup founders. The program goal, with the assistance of staff, mentors, and subject matter experts, is to impart the fundamental skills for moving any for-profit or non-profit idea from early concept to a sustainable business model.

Click here to view videos of The Pitch and Summer Sandbox.

10th Anniversary


Mead ’13 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

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Cohen ’20 at the Leading Edge of Investment

Cohen AlexAlexander Cohen ’20 has been developing software for researching investments since his sophomore year, gaining skills and experience — through coursework, internships, co-curricular activities and innovation accelerators at HWS —…
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Seven Teams Enter Pitch Semi-Finals

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