The second annual Entrepreneurship Summit was a BIG SUCCESS for alumni entrepreneurs and students. The event attracted more than 60 alumni and over 200 students. Read more about the Summit.
This is the big news that we have been waiting to share with everyone. Washington and Lee University announces that its Entrepreneurship Program has been named the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship, thanks to a $2.5 million gift from Leigh and Larry Connolly, of Atlanta. To read more, click here to see the official announcement. We are so excited about the opportunities that Leigh and Larry’s gift will create for our program.
Milestones are important for any entrepreneurial venture. Since I consider the Entrepreneurship Program at W&L our own startup, I’d like to share a few milestones. Launching just a few years ago, today our LinkedIn.com group reached 700 members. I recall W&L administrators and faculty telling me when I interviewed for the Johnson Chair that they believed there was a large, untapped group of alumni entrepreneurs who would probably welcome the opportunity to engage with a high quality entrepreneurship program if we built it. Although I knew they were “talking up” the potential for the program, I believed they were correct. After all, how could a truly exceptional liberal arts school with an equally high quality commerce school not produce great entrepreneurs? As I enter my fifth year at W&L, I could not be happier with the alumni, student, faculty, and administrator support that we’ve received as we continue to build a world-class entrepreneurship program.
Another milestone reached this week is that we have 40 alumni registered for our October 18-19 Entrepreneurship Summit. We’ve already surpassed last year’s registrations and I know we’ll get many more to register in the coming weeks. Please be sure to check out the schedule and sign up soon.
Teaser: By the way…check out the W&L websites for something big to be announced next week…probably Thursday or Friday. Very exciting!!!
We now have over 30 alum registered for the upcoming Entrepreneurship Summit on October 18-19, 2013. We have some great sessions and speakers scheduled on bootstrapping, launching a technology venture, leveraging social media, protecting intellectual property, and much more. Throughout the two-day event you’ll have the opportunity to expand your network and in doing so gain access to incredible resources. Please complete the registration form as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly. Also remember, alumni have the opportunity to pitch their business or business idea. Sign up soon to be considered as a candidate to pitch your business at the Summit.
Book your hotel room now: This is a busy weekend in Lexington and we have reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington. Our preferred rate is $129.99 plus tax but these rooms will go fast. Please call the Lexington Holiday Inn Express at (540) 463-7351 and say that you’re coming for the W&L Entrepreneurship Summit to get these rates.
We hope you’ve had an opportunity to read the latest edition of W&L’s Alumni Magazine. The magazine features an article on the Entrepreneurship Program and provides some great insights into what we’re doing on and off campus including curriculum, the Business Plan Competition, internships, our Alumni Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and the Venture Club. Take a few minutes to read it by clicking here or cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.wlumag-digital.com/wlumag/summer_2013#pg24.
We have had a great response in the first week that the registration has been open. So far twenty-two alumni have registered for the Entrepreneurship Summit taking place on October 18-19, 2013. There is no fee for attending. Simply register and be prepared to share, learn, and network with W&L’s alumni and student entrepreneurs. Each week we’ll be updating the website to list the alumni who have registered. To read profiles on the alumni already registered click here. If you haven’t registered yet, please register so that you can reserve your opportunity to join us. We’re also still accepting applications to pitch your business or idea at the Alumni Pitch session. This also helps us with our logistics and is much appreciated.
Have you recently launched a startup? Will you be launching soon? Do you have a great idea for a startup that you’ve been working on? If you answered yes to any of these, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity. At this year’s W&L Entrepreneurship Summit on October 18-19, 2013 three alumni startups will be given the opportunity to participate in our first ever Alumni Venture Pitch session. If selected, you will pitch your startup to an audience filled with experienced entrepreneurs who will provide feedback and advice. Alumni must complete an application form to be considered for selection in the Alumni Pitch session. Alumni applications will be reviewed by W&L’s Venture Club and alumni will be contacted in September with their decision. Alumni selected must commit to attending the entire Summit. Alumni are encouraged to contact Professor Jeff Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Submissions will be closed on September 5th. Take advantage of this opportunity to be selected by completing the application.