In addition to B-Lab, Brown (and Rhode Island) is home to a variety of entrepreneurial programs and entry points for budding entrepreneurs. Please review the opportunities and resources below! If you have any questions, email [email protected]


Brown Venture Fellowship

The Brown Venture Fellowship (BVF) is a year-long program (spring & fall) that accelerates the development of Brown’s top commercial and technical student entrepreneurs through intensive skills training, the collective intelligence of the community, and complementary coursework. We take no equity in our companies.

We operate according to a simple premise: Learn by doing. We want you to experience the process of testing your services and products with customers to see what works.  We’ll help you build skills and acquire tools to best approach challenges, but this fellowship is about planning and launching a real venture. A $4,000 stipend is awarded (first-years, sophomores, juniors are eligible for funding). 

Explore Grants

Explore Grants (previously known as the Brown Venture Launch Fund) serve the Brown community by encouraging student entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new ventures through different levels of funding. It is a collaborative project of the Social Innovation Initiative, the Brown Entrepreneurship Program, and the Office of the Dean of the College.


The Embark Fellowship supports graduating students seeking to pursue their entrepreneurial ventures as full-time endeavors post-graduation. The mission of the Embark Fellowship is three-fold:

  • Encourage students to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
  • Create support structures to help ventures gain traction after graduation.
  • Build a connected alumni communicty to support new graduates in field. 

Innovate on the Hill

Interested in what other entrepreneurial and innovation groups are doing at Brown and RISD? Click above to review a handful of innovation-themed resources, organizations, conferences, and more. Learn more and get involved in what interests you!

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition 


Social Innovation Fellowship

The Social Innovation Fellowship is an award-winning program that provides 15-20 students with $4,000 (first-years, sophomores, juniors are eligible for funding) to build a social venture over the summer, supported by a year of intensive skills training, complementary coursewrok, and a community of social entrepreneurs offering mentorship and critique.  

General Entrepreneurship resources: