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Entrepreneurship

Join the community of makers at Bennington.

Founded on ideals of innovation and invention, Bennington is nationally recognized for its progressive educational model that prepares students to be entrepreneurial in their studies and in the world. The individualized Plan process and real-world experiences of Field Work Term prepare students to take risks, work across boundaries, and create solutions to social challenges.

Students, whether you are interested in launching an artistic venture, tackling a community or global issue, or starting your own organization or business—we have funding, resources, and an assortment of courses to help you realize your goals.

Funding

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Need seed money to get a project off the ground? Returning students with demonstrated financial need can apply for $1,000-$3,000 for the Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Fellowship for a Field Work Term entrepreneurial option.

Resources

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Interested in learning more on your own about entrepreneurship? Check out the Handshake Resource library for print and online resources to help you get a project off the ground.

Events

See details on upcoming Life After Bennington events, including presentations by regional innovators, interactive workshops, and one-on-one meetings for students interested in crafting their own careers.

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Coaching

Have an idea but don’t know where to start? Set up an appointment for start-up coaching and we’ll help you bring your ideas into the world.

Newsfeed

Get inspired by your fellow students who are dreaming, inventing, and making change.

Photo of students at UniCode School Coding for the Future

After Zalkar Ziiaidin ’22 graduates, he plans on becoming a full-time software engineer. However, as Ziiaidin pursues his studies at Bennington College, he’s not waiting to make his mark on the ever-evolving world of computer science.

Photo of Mareme Dieng A Self-Driven Life

As a college student, getting to an 8:00 am class on a Friday morning can be difficult. For Mareme Dieng ’20, however, balancing self-care and commitments to make it to class is all the more a victory on days when she’s arriving to Bennington from Tunisia. Or San Francisco. Or Turkey. Or Barcelona. 

Photo of Lika Torikashvili at United Nations Assembly Painting the World

As the founder of the international youth activist organization Paint the World, Lika Torikashvili ’22 has balanced her studies at Bennington College with time spent building relationships abroad—including a leave of absence during which she served as Georgia’s United Nations Youth Delegate to the 73rd session of the General Assembly.

Coastal Caps founders Grace and Ella Capping Plastic Pollution

Plastic bags and recycled fabric scraps—that’s what Coastal Caps are made of. 

Photo of Bryn Mooser and team Mooser Brings Startup Model To Storytelling And Funding

Bryn Mooser '01 spoke with Forbes about XTR, his latest venture focused on producing documentaries, nonfiction television series, and branded content.

Photo of Ahmad Yassir Art and Peacebuilding in Somaliland

Over his 2019 Field Work Term, Ahmad Yassir '20 designed and taught the first courses in arts and peacebuilding at Abaarso School for Sciences and Technology in Somaliland.

 

Photo of chicken pot pies Cleaver Co Catering Moves to Brooklyn

After 22 years at Chelsea Market, Mary Cleaver '76 has moved her Cleaver Co catering operation to the Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn.

Album cover with chair on mylar backdrop To Gallery a Cloud Ground

Ethan Koss-Smith '21 speaks about the process of producing his debut album To Gallery a Cloud Ground.

Steve Albahari The Art of the Book

To Steven Albahari ’82, Bennington College was “the cannon I stepped into that launched me and my potential.”

Terminal 3 Power and Identity in Terminal 3

"The next passenger should be coming in for secondary screening any moment now. You know the drill. Don’t take too long.”