Entrepalooza to bring established entrepreneurs and venture capital investors together with U-M students


The annual entrepreneurship symposium hosted by U-M Ross’ Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies returns on Friday, Sept. 20 with another packed schedule of expert advice, networking events and chances to learn from entrepreneurs across the country, and you can follow the action on Twitter using the tag #epalooza.

The event kicks off with a “Lunch and Learn” for U-M students to meet and mingle with invited entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to learn about various stages of starting businesses in various industries.

The keynote address at this year’s Entrepalooza will be delivered by Adam Lilling, a serial entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of LaunchPad LA, a startup incubator in Southern California. Lilling, who graduated from the Ross BBA program in 1992, was profiled in Forbes earlier this year, speaking on the power of social capital.

Friday, he will share insight from his experience starting and running several successful companies, including venture capital firm Plus Capital, the advertising network BiggerBoat, and Pentagon CDs and Tapes, which sold to Virgin in 1999.

Other speakers at the event include established leaders in the local entrepreneurial community, such as Kalyan Handique, CEO of HandyLab; Todd Sullivan, CEO of Betterfly.com and founder of SpiritShop; Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations LLC; and Troy Henikoff, managing director of TechStars Chicago. For a full schedule, you can visit the Entrepalooza web site.

Following the panels and breakout sessions, the Zell Lurie Institute is partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK and the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship to present a Mingle N’ Match event where students and community members with start-ups or ventures can find team members. Those interested in finding team members will be given a chance to present a one-minute pitch.

For more information about Entrepalooza or to register for the event, which is free, please go to http://www.epalooza.bus.umich.edu/

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