The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs


Her Big Idea is an inspiring read for women aspiring to pursue entrepreneurship in its many forms; the compilation of interviews, stories, and Hoffman Smith’s own research creates a compelling vision for a future where female entrepreneurs mitigate risk taking and receive more funding for their big ideas.” 

Dorie Clark, author of Entrepreneurial You and adjunct professor, Duke University Fuqua School of Business


The Her Big Idea Fund


Half of the book's proceeds will be donated to Hoffman Smith's Her Big Idea Fund, which awards grants to women of all ages and backgrounds who apply with big ideas as according to the book's innovation stipulations - B for Blue Ocean Strategy and creativity over competition, I for Intelligent, alluding to a degree of market research and understanding of the target customer segment, and G for Grand, encouraging ideas that have never been done before. The grants seek to mitigate the risk associated with pursuing BIG ideas, to make entrepreneurship an accessible experience for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Haley Hoffman Smith 

Haley Hoffman Smith holds a B.A. with honors in Gender & Sexuality Studies with a Focus in Business and Entrepreneurship from Brown University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Hoffman Smith's passion is at the intersectionality of women's empowerment, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. At age 18, Hoffman Smith founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment, where she began to harness her own agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender. Hoffman Smith was the President of Women’s Entrepreneurship and started the first-ever women’s entrepreneurship incubator at Brown University.

Hoffman Smith is the Director of Community for Next Gen Summit and sincerely enjoys consulting and connecting with other entrepreneurs. She is the founder and director of the Her Big Idea Fund, in partnership with Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. She cares deeply about identifying and obliterating the limits women feel in the pursuit of their ventures, so they may live in their full power and create their own BIG ideas.

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"An inspiring work that combines rigorous analysis of the past with big-thinking visions of the future. Paired with Hoffman Smith's accessible and confident writing style, Her Big Idea's important insights are tackling one of the biggest issues in our society - the lack of funding in venture capital for women - head-on."

— Brandon Maier, Quake Capital

"Haley Hoffman Smith represents the best of Gen Z and entrepreneurs…She thinks big, is visionary, and focused. Her book is a revelatory read for everyone — especially as we move to a more entrepreneurial society."

 — Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection, Course Facilitator of Creativity and Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business

“Haley Hoffman Smith has created an inspirational guidebook for entrepreneurial success in the 21st century. She understands that the futures we imagine for ourselves are self-fulfilling….Let her guide you to your unique “big idea.” This book is uplifting and a joy to read.” 

— J. Douglas Bate, co-author of The Power of Strategy Innovation

“Young women like Haley give me so much hope for the future. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to build the resiliency required to take up the charge of visionary entrepreneurship." 

— Laura Youngkin, Founder of Brave Millennial


Fifty percent of all book proceeds go to the Her Big Idea Fund.