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Friday, September 29

8 - 9 a.m. Drop-In Breakfast Elrod Commons Living Room
9:05 - 10 a.m.

Leaping, Pivoting, and Scaling:
The Acrobatics of Early Stage Startups

Stackhouse Theater

Panelists will discuss the process involved with deciding to pursue an opportunity, when its time to quit your full time job, early decisions to pivot and the basis for pivoting, and how to build a foundation that fosters scaling a new venture.

Student Host: Steven Allen '18

Mary Drennen '02, Nourish Foods (English)
Dax Cummings '91, The Kessler Group (Politics)
Alan Gibson '70, Potluck (French)
Eric Pelnik '15, Uli and Greenspring (Business Administration)
Mike Wilner '13, Compass (Mathematics)

10:10 - 11:05 a.m. ABC and V:
Angels, Bootstrapping, Crowding, and Early Stage Venture Capital
Stackhouse Theater

Panels will provide insights into navigating the complexities of early stage capital.

Student Host: Graham Novak '19

Doug Burns '95, Free Union Partners (Business Administration and Accounting)
Kelly Dyer '98, SourceFuse (Computer Science)
Cliff Holekamp '96, Cultivation Capital (Journalism and Mass Communications)
Lex Tarumianz '69, '72L, Blank Slate Ventures (Contemporary Civilization)

11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.



Stackhouse Theater

Student Host: Benie Bolohan '18, President of the Venture Club

Ben Johns '78, Founder and CEO, SCOUT Bags (Business Administration)

12:20 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch Marketplace
1:25 - 2:20 p.m.


Why Do the Young Reject Capitalism While Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise: A Curious Disconnect

Stackhouse Theater

Host: Keith Calhoun '79, Private Equity Investor and Consultant (Business Administration)

Warren Stephens '79, Chairman, President and CEO, Stephens, Inc. (Economics)

2:30 - 3:25 p.m. Attracting, Selecting, Developing, and Retaining an "A" Team Stackhouse Theater

Panelists offer insightful lessons learned regarding the human side of building a successful new venture.

Student Host: Matthew Rickert '18 

Keith Calhoun '79, Private Equity Investor and Consultant (Business Administration)
Carol O'Kelley '91, Salesfusion (English)
McGowin Patrick '86, TAP Resources (Business Administration and Accounting)
John Stump '91, Triangle Angel Partners (English)
Stephanie Wolfe '99, Breakaway Prep (History)

3:35 - 4:45 p.m. The Next Frontier Stackhouse Theater

Entrepreneurs discuss what they see coming in the future.

Alumni Host: Matt Langan '10,

Drew Denbo '95, Amazon (History)
Christian Martine '14, Facebook (Business Administration, Politics)
Matt Newton '94, Everest Infrastructure (Business Administration)
Marc Ottinger '80, LMS Wellness, Benefit LLC & SunPenn, LLC (Sociology and Anthropology)
Christian Von Hassell '15, Level Solar (Economics)

5 - 6 p.m. Young Guns Stackhouse Theater

W&L's young alumni entrepreneurs share their stories, insights, and advice.

Student Host: Albert Del Cristo '19

Darren Douglas '16, NEU Brands (Computer Science)
Moody Heard '16, Queen City Fintech (Business Administration, Geology)
Deets Hoffman '10, Leaf & Grain (Business Administration)
Matt Kordonowy '15, DealCloud (Business Administration and Accounting)
Dillon Myers '14, Potluck (Business Administration)

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Networking Reception

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs

Hopkins House

Rob Straughan, Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School
Beau Dudley, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs
Jeff Shay, Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership

7 p.m. Dinner on Own In town Alumni are encouraged to invite at least one student to attend dinner with their group.

Saturday, September 30

7:45 - 9 a.m. Drop-In Breakfast Elrod Commons Living Room Join us for a hot breakfast before the Student Pitch!
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Sixth-Annual Student Pitch Competition Stackhouse Theater

Wondering what business ideas the next generation of W&L entrepreneurs will pursue? The Pitch Competition brings student business ideas to the forefront in this exciting session.

Chair: Bri Karpowich '20
Venture Club Student Organizers: Michael Adams '19, Davis Turner '18, Graham Novak '19

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Alumni Pitch Stackhouse Theater

The session will begin with updates from alumni who previously pitched their businesses. After the updates, alumni entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their startup or startup idea to our audience of experienced entrepreneurs. Each year the alumni pitch session provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to make valuable connections with alumni who are help them move forward.

Chair: Maggie Nolan '19
Venture Club Student Organizers: Steven Allen '18, Maggie Nolan ‘19

Bill Garrett '87, Hybrid Enterprises (Business Administration and Accounting)
Alan Gibson '70 (French) and Dillon Myers '14 (Business Administration), Potluck
Matt Wallace '06, 'Chups (Environmental Studies)

12 - 1 p.m. Networking Lunch Marketplace This is a special opportunity for alumni who pitched their businesses to connect with other alumni.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session #1: 

It's a Numbers Game*

Huntley 235

W&L alumni share insights into financial and accounting issues for entrepreneurs.

Student Host: Matthew Rickert '18

Tom Snedeker '92, SCOUT Bags (Business Administration)
Tim Lavelle '79, Lookout Capital (Commerce)
Greg Barrow '87, General Capital Partners (Business Administration)

Concurrent Session #2: 

From Liberal Arts Major to Successful Entrepreneur*

Huntley 327

W&L alumni share how they leveraged a liberal arts degree to become successful entrepreneurs. 

Student Host: Cole Peck '18

Christian Dysart '92, DysartWillis (History)
Ted Elliott '94, JobScience (History) 
Bebe Goodrich '07, Icebox Coffee (Politics)
Sean O'Rourke '93, Combs & Company (American History and Journalism)

Concurrent Session #3:

Tech and STEM Entrepreneurs*

Huntley 221

W&L alumni with degrees from STEM areas share their stories about their entrepreneurial path.

Student Host: George Matelich '18 

Upol Ehsan '13, DeshLabs (Philosophy)
John Maclay '85, Pallet-Ops (Geology)
Doug Panzer '98 '99, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba (Economics)
Ben Vanderver '96, PwC (Computer Science)
Jason Williams '02, DigiTar Inc.  (Philosophy)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session #1:

Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs*

Huntley 235

Engaging interactive session with W&L alumni lawyers sharing insights on legal issues for entrepreneurs.

Alumni Host: Sam Perkins '80 '83L, Purgenix

Tom Dunlap '99L, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig (Law)
Doug Panzer '98 '99, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba (Economics, Computer Science)
Tripp Watson '07, The Watson Firm (Politics)

Concurrent Session #2:

Best Supporting Role: Startups that Support Startups*

Huntley 327

Whether it's market research, technology or legal assistance, or consulting, these entrepreneurs' services play a key role in making other enrepreneurs successful. 

Student Host: Marta Regn '19

Denise Burns '00, Cue Insights (Sociology and Anthropology)
Andrew Ruppar '98, Redshirt Technologies (Public Policy)
Worth Smith '16, Sherpa Technology Group (Business Administration)

2:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Special Ideation Session

Connolly Center (Hopkins House)

Have an interesting idea that you want to develop with the help of experienced alumni and students? This is the session for you! You'll have the opportunity to work through your idea and come away with valuable insights.

Christian Martine '14, Facebook (Business Administration, Politics)
Gavin Fox, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session #1: 

Zero to One*

Huntley 235

Entrepreneurs share their experience moving from zero revenues to their first sale and beyond. They'll share the innovative ways in which they targeted initial customers, communicated their value proposition, and ultimately converted their efforts into actual sales.

Alumni Host: Elizabeth Yarbrough '92, Link360/LinkMD (Business Administration)

George Boras '87, Avenge Inc. (Economics)
Keith Calhoun '79, Private Equity Investor and Consultant (Business Administration)
Matt Langan '10, (Business Administration
Matt Mason '10, BeaconMe (Classics)

Concurrent Session #2: 

Venture for America Panel*

Huntley 327

Session with W&L alumni who went on to become Venture for America Fellows.

Moderator: Mike Wilner '13, Compass (Mathematics)

Darren Douglas '16, NEU Brands (Computer Science)
Moody Heard '16, Queen City Fintech (Business Administration, Geology)
Matt Kordonowy '15, DealCloud (Business Administration and Accounting)
Dillon Myers '14, Potluck (Business Administration)

4 - 6 p.m. Interviews for 2018 Jobs and Internships Career Devlopment


5 - 6 p.m. Capstone Consultation Connolly Center

Capstone Entrepreneurship students will pitch their ideas to alumni who will provide feedback and guidance to help them move forward with their business plans. This is a great opportunity for faculty to interact face-to-face with student entrepreneurs and share their wisdom.

7 - 10 p.m. Networking Reception and Dinner Evans Hall