The Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute is a high impact 3-day boot camp conceived by Gary Hirshberg in 1998 based on his experience leading Stonyfield Farm from its start as a 7-cow operation in 1983 to its current nearly $400MM annual sales level. Over 20 in-person Institutes in CA, CO, MA, NH, NY and abroad in Toronto, Vancouver, and Auckland, NZ have served hundreds of entrepreneurs across numerous business sectors under various names including the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute and the Social Venture Institute.

By offering a highly interactive, intimate venue for networking, storytelling, and problem-solving, the Institute offers a safe, stimulating environment for hundreds of for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurs to learn about financing, marketing, organizational challenges, managing change, and the many other challenges fundamental to growing an enterprise. The “case” method approach ensures a practical and grounded “real world” experience. Participants take home a wealth of pragmatic, useful ideas and strategies that can be immediately put to work in a growing enterprise.

98% of participants have rated the Institute as either excellent or very good in terms of:

  • Applicability of sessions to their work
  • Overall knowledge and experience of panelists
  • Fulfillment of learning expectations
  • Introduction of innovative business strategies
  • Interaction and learning from participants
  • Access to new contacts and networks

More information to come soon so check back often!


Take a look at the fantastic lineup of sessions that we have planned.


Learn more about our impressive speakers.


We’ll be wherever you are! The conference will be presented remotely via Zoom.

Case Studies

Do you have a question or challenge about how best to structure your business, secure capital, or position your brand for success? Over the course of two finance sessions, two marketing/brand positioning sessions, and one e-Comm session, 10 entrepreneurs will have the chance to get personalized, cutting-edge advice from a group of world-class experts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to receive insights and advice from CEOs and Founders who guide hundreds of millions of dollars of businesses from start-up to Fortune 500. And if you are not ready to submit your own pitch, we guarantee that you will receive fantastic insights and ideas from watching and hearing these live cases.

Submit your case study application here! Please note that you must be registered for the event in order for your application to be considered.

Fundraising Pitches to Investors

Raising money is key to any growing company. And now is a particularly good time for healthy brands to pitch for investment with the health and green sectors booming. Our last three HEI pitching days resulted in some serious and successful raises, and this year promises to be even better – we will have over 30 investors on-line via Zoom listening to 13 pitches over the course of the day. And if you are not ready to submit your pitch, this is a great opportunity for you to watch and learn from both those who are and also from the investors’ questions and responses. Don’t miss this valuable day.

If you’d like to pitch to our cohort of investors during the online event, please submit a pitch application form. Please note that all pitch applicants must be registered to attend the conference. Once you login to our site and register, you will be able to create a pitch application on your dashboard. You will then be able to submit the application for consideration at the Institute.


$50 per attendee