This free one day workshop is open to all college-level entrepreneurs, students and faculty members. Participants learn the key elements involved in starting a business, including how to write a business plan; what investors are looking for in an entrepreneur; and how to successfully present a plan to investors.
Attendees have the opportunity to network and dine with community leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and economic development experts.
Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities.
Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship and a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000 and appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, MSNBC’s Your Business and NPR’s The Tavis Smiley Show. He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio, and writes regularly for the American Express Open Forum, Forbes.com and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.
Dave King, Founder, Exaptive
David King founded Exaptive in 2011 to facilitate hypothesis-generation and innovation using data. Frustrated that discovery was often hindered by software and that discovery often hinged on serendipity, Dave was driven to build a software ecosystem that facilitates unexpected, cross-disciplinary connections and yields more Aha! moments for data scientists, researchers, developers, statisticians, and everyone who needs to make better decisions from data.
Dirk Spiers, President, Spiers New Technologies Inc.
Dirk Spiers is a pioneer in the repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment of advanced battery packs as well as the repurposing and second life of modules and cells. His company, Spiers New Technologies Inc (SNT) is the leading full-service provider of “4R” services (repair, remanufacturing, refurbishing and repurposing) for advanced battery packs used in hybrid and electric vehicles. SNT’s 4R services allow vehicle OEM’s to optimize the life cycle management of their battery pack inventory and maximize its value.
Kris Rush, Founder & CEO, JustGOODNews.Biz
JustGoodNews.BIZ was founded in May 2013 by Oklahoma business woman Kris Rush, CEO. Rush is the wife of longtime State Chamber of Commerce President Dick Rush, now retired, who is chairman of the new venture. The niche news service focuses solely on publishing positive business news that benefits not only the community, but companies looking to locate or expand their businesses.
Dr. Elaine Hamm, Accele Biopharma
Dr. Elaine Hamm is the Vice President for Accele Biopharma, Inc., where she manages the research and operations of a portfolio of startup biotechnology companies alongside an experienced team at Accele BioPharma and Accele Venture Partners, a biotechnology accelerator and venture fund that identifies, funds, and manages early-stage life science companies.
Kenneth Knoll, WeGoLook
Kenneth Knoll is Chief Financial Officer at WeGoLook, an online and mobile sharing economy platform that dispatches over 15,000 in-person Lookers (Agents) to verify claims made by Internet sellers about their assets or properties.
Both Elaine and Kenneth have been active in the Governor’s Cup. Kenneth is a past winner from the University of Tulsa and Elaine was a winning advisor from the University of Oklahoma. They have both been judges for the competition for the past several years.