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Startups On The Hill is a collection of resources, programs, & opportunities for startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs from Brown University and RISD.

Brown EP

The premier entrepreneurial organization of Brown University.

Nelson Center

The Nelson Center is the primary location for entrepreneurship on College Hill.


E'Ship is the student-run organization of entrepreneurial activity at RISD.

Innovation Dojo

A semester-long program that teaches students how to create their own ventures.

Swearer Center

The Swearer Center is a community of scholars, students, practitioners and community members who work together to build on community strengths and address community challenges.

Bonner Community Fellowship

A four-year, community service and skill-learning program for first-year students.

Social Innovation Fellowship

A two-year developmental program including instruction, training, mentorship, and an annual stipend for social innovation.

Careers in the Common Good "Winternships"

During the two weeks over winter break, students intern at social enterprise and nonprofit organizations in Boston, NYC, San Francisco and D.C.

Engaged Scholars Program

A program to help students design courses of study as part of their concentration requirements.


A weekend-long hackathon at Brown consisting of both a competition and educational workshops.

Dive In Podcast

The Dive In Podcast focuses on sharing the stories of founders, educators, and innovators from all backgrounds, and has an audience from all around the world.

Van Wickle Ventures

VWV routinely backs Brown and RISD’s groundbreaking students, faculty, and alumni on their ventures.

Brown Data Science Initiative

BDSI awards grants, makes data science research accessible, and holds weekly workshops on data science computing skills.

Full Stack at Brown

FSAB completes pro-bono software projects for members of the Brown community.


A student-run art and design driven accelerator program.

Peer Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program

An opportunity to become a mentor and work with other founders.

Better World by Design

A conference with a mixture of workshops, panels, and discussions that revolve around design.

Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund

SRIF generates long-term financial returns and educates its members on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to corporate governance.

Brown Investment Group

Brown University’s largest investment fund that actively invests in the stock market.

Intern From Home

An online platform that connects students with companies for virtual internships.

Startup Office Hours

An opportunity to get guidance and feedback on your startup, or simply learn more about getting your ideas rolling.

Design for America

An international network of student-led studios implementing design thinking to tackle local and social problems.

Critical Design/Critical Futures

An organization challenging the status quo of design thinking by offering articles, courses, and events.

Brown Robotics

An organization that creates robotics that collaborate with humans to solve problems.

Startup Synpases

Cohort programs that bring Brown and RISD students to some of the biggest startup scenes across the globe.

Brown Technology Innovations

The Brown University technology transfer office.


A student-led effort to ignite communications between disparate fields in academia, business, and thought at Brown.


A student-led effort to ignite communications between disparate fields in academia, business, and thought at RISD.

Brown Design Workshop Maker Grants

A grant given to individuals or groups working to build community-driven projects.

Expand Grant

A grant given to individuals or groups working to build community-driven projects.

Explore Grant

A grant, up to $2,500, that aims to fund startups that are developing their solutions.

Breakthrough Lab

The premier summer accelerator program designed for Brown and RISD students to develop impactful ventures.

Brown Venture Prize

Prize money, amounting to $50k, granted to the most advanced entrepreneurial ventures by Brown students.

Brown Student Agencies Inspire

BSA Inspire is a social impact competition for projects that benefit Brown or Providence.

Brown Design Workshop

A student-run makerspace encouraging collaboration, flexibility, and accessibility.