UM ‘Entreprelooza’ Event Focuses On Diversity

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is joining forces with entrepreneurship programs across the university to host the annual entrepreneurial symposium “Entrepalooza” on Friday, September 25.

The theme of this year’s Entreprelooza is “Entrepreneurship Through The Kaleidoscope.” The event will explore how diversity in teams, ideas and backgrounds can empower an entrepreneurial journey.

The keynote speaker at 9 a.m. will be Katherine “Katty” Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America, who will offer insight into what it takes to create and inspire the confidence needed to take the risks involved in entrepreneurship. After the keynote, the event will also feature a series of TED Talk-style sessions from a selection of Michigan’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Each speaker will encourage an interactive session, focusing on areas including angel investing, food and sustainability entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurship. Aaron Dworkin, dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance and founder of the Sphinx Organization, a national arts organization that focuses on youth and minority involvement in classical music, will kick off this portion of the program.
Other confirmed speakers include:
• Nate Aschenbach, co-founder, GameStart.
• Justin DeLay, CMO and co-founder, Tempo IQ, who received a bachelor of business administration from UM in 2005 and a master’s in information in 2012.
• Jill Ford, special advisor to Mike Duggan, head of innovation and entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
• Mary Lemmer, CEO and co-founder, Scape, who received a bachelor of business administration degree from UM in 2010.
• Lisa McLaughlin, CEO and co-founder, Workit Health, who received master’s degrees in information and social work from UM in 2008.
• Dawn White, CTO, co-founder and president, Accio Energy

For more information or to register to attend the event, please visit http://entrepalooza.umich.edu/. To receive event updates or share your thoughts from the symposium, use hashtag #epalooza on Twitter.

Other UM institutions sponsoring the event are the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health’s Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship program, the School of Information’s Entrepreneurship Program, the School of Music Theatre and Dance’s EXCEL Program, and Innovate Blue, the university’s campus-wide entrepreneurship initiative.

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