September 30, 2017 at Brown University

Connect and work
with innovative startups

Startup@Brown is a day-long conference on Saturday, September 30 at Brown University that brings together innovative startups and talented students.

Come to learn about startups and their stories. Leave with a new perspective and your next summer internship or full-time job.


We'll have a series of talks by trailblazing founders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. These are the speakers from 2016.

Startup Fair

Walk around, meet with startups and learn about their work, challenges, and career opportunities.

Startup Office Hours

Sit down with startup leaders and 10-12 other students in an intimate and lively discussion. Walk around to the different startup rooms and ask them anything!


Learn about everything from scaling your tech stack to starting a company as a student.

Participating Companies from 2016

Meet the amazing startups and VC firms
that participated in Startup@Brown 2016.

Interested in sponsoring for 2017?

Learn more, or get in touch at
You'll reach Valentin Perez, our lead organizer.


We have some great programming lined up this year. Stay tuned for updates.

Saturday, September 30

  • 10:00 AM Startup Fair & Breakfast
  • 12:00 PM Opening Keynote
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 PM Workshops Session I
  • 2:30 PM Workshops Session II
  • 3:30 PM Coffee Break
  • 4:00 PM Startup Office Hours
  • 4:40 PM Student Startups Panel
  • 5:30 PM Closing Keynote
  • 6:00 PM Dinner


Learn from leaders, engineers, and designers in the startup world.

Evaluating Startup vs Big Company Offers

Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO at Fivestars

Accelerating and Fundraising

Eveline Buchatskiy, Director of Techstars Boston

From dorm room project to startup CEO — the story of Nylas

Michael Grinich, Co-Founder and CEO at Nylas

Plotting a career: The difference between a technologist and an engineer

Michael McDermott, Engineering Mentor at Mojo Tech

Startup: Year 1

Ben Simon and Carlos Ormachea, Co-Founders at Down Dog app

Unveiling Venture Capital Dynamics in Digital Health

Joseph Whitner, Director of Business Development at Startupbootcamp

The Coursera Tech Stack: Learning at Scale

Paul Robinson and Jerry Charumillind, Engineering Managers at Coursera

Building a Healthy Culture

Marge Anderson, Operations at Interana

Interactive Product Development

Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO at Fivestars

Crushing your Resume 101

Jacqueline Loeb and Meredith Greenberg, Co-Founder & CEO and VP of Talent at Scouted

Simple Prediction: Hands on with Amazon ML

Bright Fulton, Director of Technical Operations at Upserve

Entrepreneurship Demystified

Patrick McQuown, Co-Founder of two companies, currently professor at Brown

Top Legal and Venture Capital Negotiating Pitfalls for Founders to Avoid

Andrew King, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars

Taking the Plunge: from studying up to starting up

Albie Brown, Co-Founder and CEO at Spotter

Music Startups

Alex Ober and Evan Altman, Co-Founders, CEO and CTO at Strobe Labs

Startup Early Days and Scaling

Yusuf Simonson, CTO at The Muse

Preparing Yourself for a Career in Startups: 10 things I wish someone told me 10 years ago

Todd Lipcon, Software Engineer at Cloudera

Building Great Products

Peter Boyce, VC Partner at General Catalyst and Founder of Rough Draft Ventures


Who can attend Startup@Brown?

All Brown and RISD undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. A background in computer science, design, engineering, or business is recommended but not required!

Student Startups from other colleges are welcome too. Sign up to stay updated on applications here.

Why Startup@Brown?

As Brown students, while we get a lot of exposure to larger companies, we don’t often hear about the exciting work startups do and the challenges they face. At Startup@Brown, you’ll get the chance to talk in small groups with founders, engineering leads, and venture capitalists from Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, Teespring, and more. Come to learn about startups and their stories. Leave with a new perspective and your next summer internship or full-time job.

What will the event be like?

Startup@Brown is a day-long event where you’ll have the chance to interact closely with startup founders, many of them alumni.

The event will start with a fair, introducing you to 15 startups, and then split into small-group conversations and workshops like “What is Product Management” to “Exploring Accelerators.” Meet with engineers and designers, discuss the technical problems they’re trying to solve, and maybe they'll interest you enough for an internship or job :).

How do I apply?

Registrations haven't opened but you can sign up for updates here.

When will I find out if I'm accepted?

We'd love if everyone could attend, but we usually receive way more interest than the space available. We'll tell you if you have a spot by Sept. 25 at night.

You'll reach Valentin Perez.

Alumnae Hall

194 Meeting St., Providence, RI 02912


Meet amazing startups and find your next internship or full-time job.

Register Here