ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business will host its annual entrepreneurial symposium, Entrepalooza, on Friday, Sept. 20 at the University’s Blau Auditorium. This year’s event will feature a keynote address from Adam Lilling, serial entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of LaunchPad LA, the top startup accelerator in southern California, as well as panel discussions and networking centered on the theme ‘Accelerate You.’
Sponsored by the Ross School of Business Entrepreneur and Venture Club and the School's Zell Lurie Institute, Entrepalooza brings together established leaders in entrepreneurship and venture capital to share the secrets behind their success with students, alumni, faculty and members of the broader business community. The event is free to attendees.
Student Pre-Event ‘Lunch and Learn’ Offers Expert Advice
A ‘Lunch and Learn’ for University of Michigan students will be held prior to the symposium. At the luncheon invited entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will host small group discussions on topics related to different stages of the start-up life cycle and starting businesses in different industries.
Lilling and Noted Panelists to Inspire Motivated Entrepreneurs
The half-day symposium opens with a keynote address from Adam Lilling, a University of Michigan alum (BBA ’92) who is the co-founder of Los Angeles-based startup accelerator LaunchPad LA and founder and managing partner of venture capital firm Plus Capital. During his successful entrepreneurial career, Lilling also was co-founder and CEO of entertainment and advertising network BiggerBoat, and founder and CEO of Pentagon CDs and Tapes, which was sold to Virgin in 1999. Drawing on his unique perspective as an entrepreneur, investor and now advisor, Lilling will speak to how he accelerated the growth of his own ventures and how he counsels others forging an entrepreneurial path. He will also be presented with the schools Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The remainder of the program includes several panel presentations that will bring together local business and venture capital executives to provide expert advice on key topics including:
- Starting Up and Growing Your Business
- Pathways to Entrepreneurship
- Early Stage Venture Financing
Confirmed speakers for the event include established leaders in the local entrepreneurial community, such as Kalyan Handique, CEO of HandyLab; Todd Sullivan, Ross alum (MBA ’05), CEO of Betterfly.com and founder of SpiritShop; Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations LLC; and Troy Henikoff, managing director of TechStars Chicago.
Post-event ‘Mingle N’ Match’ to Connect Entrepreneurial Teams
Following Entrepalooza, the Zell Lurie Institute, Ann Arbor SPARK and the Center for Entrepreneurship are co-sponsoring a Mingle N’ Match event during which entrepreneurial-minded students and community members can find team members. The event begins with informal mingling, followed by a series of one-minute pitches by those interested in finding team members. Those interested in presenting can send an email with their name, company or project name (if applicable), and a brief description of the business or idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to register to attend the event, please go to http://www.epalooza.bus.umich.edu/. To receive event updates or share your thoughts from the symposium, use hashtag #epalooza on Twitter.
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.
Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Entrepreneurship, BBA, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers non-degree, open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.
About the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The top-ranked Institute and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance bring together a potent mix of knowledge, experience and opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investments. The student learning experience is further enhanced through internships, entrepreneurial clubs and events that serve to provide viable networks and engage the business community. The School’s three student-led investment funds, with over $6.5M under management, immerse students in the business assessment and investment process. Founding Board Members include Samuel Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Eugene Applebaum, Founder of Arbor Drugs, Inc.