Entrepreneurship Summit

The 2019 Entrepreneurship Summit will take place on September 27-28!

The Entrepreneurship Summit is a two-day conference sponsored by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. It began in 2012 with a program attended by 32 alumni and 48 students. Last year, more than 125 alumni and 250 students registered for the event. The summit attracts students and faculty from across all disciplines as well as alumni from a variety of industries.

The summit has grown into what it is today because it is beneficial to participants in many ways. For students, it is an opportunity to hear the real-world experiences of successful entrepreneurs. The interaction between alumni and students has resulted in tangible benefits such as internships, job offers, and lifelong mentoring relationships. For alumni, it is an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and network with fellow alumni.

This event is complimentary for alumni, parents, and friends of W&L. It begins with breakfast on Friday, September 27. Panel discussions and keynote addresses fill the program through Friday afternoon, followed by an opening reception. On Saturday, the morning opens with the student pitch competition and an alumni pitch session, followed by smaller breakout sessions. The event closes with a networking reception on Saturday evening. Lunch is included on both days.


Registration opens in early June. An update will be provided as soon as more information is available.

We hope to see you there!


The Williams School has secured a block of rooms at the Robert E. Lee Hotel for the nights of Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sept. 28.

Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

The J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship receives support from a group of dedicated Washington and Lee alumni who have years of experience creating, building and selling successful companies.

General questions about the Summit? Contact Jeff Shay at shayj@wlu.edu.