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  Agenda

September 12

 
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration, Networking, Refreshments
(Michigan League Ballroom)
9:00 a.m.
9:15 a.m. 
  Welcome, Announcement of Scholars
Stewart Thornhill, Executive Director, Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
(Michigan League Ballroom)

Keynote Introduction
Zack Novak (BBA '12), Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company, Former three year UM Basketball captain

Keynote Speaker
Rob Pelinka (BBA '93, JD '96), Founder & CEO, The Landmark Sports Agency representing Kobe Bryant and James Harden


 
10:10 a.m.  

Networking Break and Refreshments

10:25 a.m.-11:25 a.m.
 
  Concurrent Panel Discussions – Session I - Michigan League
- Young Entrepreneurs Make their Mark (Michigan)
- Pathways to Entrepreneurship (Vandenberg)
- Innovating in Corporations (
Kalamazoo)
11:25 a.m.   Networking Break and Refreshments
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
 
  Concurrent Panel Discussions – Session II - Michigan League
- Young Entrepreneurs Make their Mark (Michigan)
- Pathways to Entrepreneurship (Vandenberg)
- Innovating in Corporations (
Kalamazoo)

 
12:40-1:40 p.m.


 
  Lunch and Learn: Meet with leading entrepreneurs
Open to all U-M students
(Hussey Room, Michigan League)


Symposium Concludes
 

Panel Discussions
Young Entrepreneurs Make Their Mark
(Michigan)
You do not need to wait to be an entrepreneur–put your entrepreneurial dreams into action now. Meet entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who with ingenuity and determination, have started their own businesses and are making their mark as successful entrepreneurs.
Panelists:
Cavan Canavan (MBA '13),
Co-founder, Focus
Danny Ellis (MSE Aerosp '13, BSE Aerosp '11), Co-founder & CEO, SkySpecs
Tyler Paxton (MBA '11), Founder, Are You A Human
Paul Schrems (Eng. Sys MSE '12), Co-founder & CTO, TurtleCell
Moderator: Nkem Nwankwo (MBA ’15), Ross School of Business


Pathways to Entrepreneurship
(Vandenberg)
Entrepreneurs take many different paths to success, no two are the same. Many are high tech, but plenty of new companies sprout up every day that innovate without a team of developers. These panelists will share their business building adventures with you. Come find out the best practices and biggest pitfalls when developing your business from our panelists' varied experiences in the startup world.
Panelists:
Andrew Bank, Co-founder, Larky and Techstreet
Doug Cass, Co-founder, Kahootz Toys and Giddy Up
Nancy Gilby,Director of Entrepreneurship, UM School of Information and Serial Entrepreneur
Vinay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Janeeva, Co-founder, BlueGill Technologies
Moderator: Felicia Kohar (MBA ’15), Ross School of Business

Innovating in Corporations
(Kalamazoo)
Entrepreneurship is more than just disruptive business models and start ups. There are plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in corporations that will help shape future entrepreneurs. Learn how large companies approach innovation and how they respond to competitive innovation. Panelists will provide insight on how entrepreneurs can utilize their skills to make significant contributions within the corporate setting.
Panelists:
Philip O'Niel (MBA '10), Manager, Business Development, DTE Energy Resources
Heath Silverman (MBA '08), Head of International Business, Edmodo, formerly Strategic Planner, Education Platform, Intel
Marie Wolfe (BBA '05), Global Director of Research Innovation, Unilever
Moderator: Christian Pearson (MBA ’15), Ross School of Business

Student Lunch & Learn
Meet with Leading Entrepreneurs, Investors and Community Resources
(
Hussey, Michigan League)
The informal luncheon will provide students the opportunity to have small group discussions on a variety of selected topics with experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Topics relate to different stages of the start-up life cycle and to starting businesses in different industries.
Andrew Bank, Co-founder, Larky and Techstreet
Cavan Canavan (MBA '12), Co-founder, Focus
Doug Cass,
Co-founder, Kahootz Toys and Giddy Up
Danny Ellis (MSE Aerosp '13, BSE Aerosp '11), Co-founder & CEO, SkySpecs
Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services, Ann Arbor SPARK
Tom Frank, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Nancy Gilby,
Director of Entrepreneurship, UM School of Information and Serial Entrepreneur
Sarika Gupta (MBA '10), Associate Director, Zell Lurie Insititute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Vinay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Janeeva, Co-founder, BlueGill Technologies
Philip O'Niel (MBA '10)
, Manager,Business Development, DTE Energy Resources
Tyler Paxton (MBA '11),
Founder, Are You A Human
Paul Schrems (Eng Sys MSE '12),
Co-founder & Director of Product Development, TurtleCell
Heath Silverman (MBA '08)
, Head of International Business, Edmodo, formerly Strategic Planner, Education Platform, Intel
Marie Wolfe (BBA '05), Global Director of Research Innovation, Unilever
  

Questions About Entrepalooza? Please contact MarybethDavis at 734-615-4428 or zlicontact@umich.edu.

Conference Co-Chairs
Marybeth Davis, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Nkem Nwankwo (MBA '15), Entrepreneur & Venture Club, Ross School of Business
Felicia Kohar (MBA '15), Entrepreneur & Venture Club, Ross School of Business
Christian Pearson (MBA ’15), Entrepreneur & Venture Club, Ross School of Business