Entrepreneurship Summit: Register and spread the word!

The 3rd Annual W&L Entrepreneurship Summit scheduled for September 26-27, 2014 is just over one month away and we already have nearly 50 alumni registered. Alumni registrants include entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, intellectual property and small business lawyers, information technology and social media professionals, private equity specialists, accountants, and others representing many different industries, markets, and W&L graduation class years. Please take a few minutes to read this post to learn why this is an event that you won’t want to miss. 

Here are a few summary details:

  • The Summit sessions were designed with input from alumni and students and as a result provides rich opportunities for everyone. Each session will feature speakers with valuable insights on the focal topic (i.e., from raising capital to protecting your IP to hiring an A team). The schedule was methodically designed to provide flexibility for you to attend the sessions you’d like and to network throughout the two-day event.
  • Interested in knowing who’s registered? Click here to see our updated list. Click here to see the session descriptions along with the speakers and links to their companies.
  • Do you have a business idea or new startup to pitch to alumni and student? If so, register and complete the Pitch Application and gain valuable feedback and exposure.
  • There is no fee for attending.  Simply register and be prepared to share, learn, and network with W&L’s alumni and student entrepreneurs.  If you haven’t registered yet, please click here to register so that you can reserve your opportunity to join us. 

If that’s not enough to convince you, let us share a few brief stories of how valuable the Summit was to past attendees:

  • Elizabeth Yarbrough – simply click here and read the story
  • Sam Perkins – Sam used contacts from the Summit to gain valuable access to new clients for his company, Purgenix. He also engaged the Venture Club to conduct important market research.
  • Jim Hind – Jim was so impressed with students that he engaged the Venture Club in a consulting project and hired one of the students as a summer intern.
  • Kelly Dyer – Kelly picked up two (maybe 3) new clients while also engaging the Venture Club in projects for both his companies, SourceFuse and InventorySource.
  • Matt Langan – Matt’s a young entrepreneur and his contacts at the Summit quickly transitioned into mentors that he can call on at any time for valuable advice.

So, what are you waiting for? Register now!

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Have a business or idea you’d like to pitch? Here’s the place…the 3rd Annual W&L Entrepreneurship Summit

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 September 26-27, 2014 alumni will be given the opportunity to participate in our second annual 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 early in September with their decision. Alumni selected must commit to attending the entire Summit.  Alumni are encouraged to contact Professor Jeff Shay at shayj@wlu.edu for additional information.  Submissions will be closed at the end of August. Take advantage of this opportunity to be selected by completing the application.

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Venture Club Consultants poised and ready to help your venture

The Washington & Lee Venture Club is seeking engaging consulting projects for the 2014-2015 school year.  Past projects have included writing business and strategic plans, conducting market research and writing marketing plans, and general assistance with bringing ventures to their next level.  This is your opportunity to utilize the assistance of highly intelligent and motivated W&L students with an entrepreneurial spirit to provide you with professional level consulting.  Each project is assigned a team of Venture Club members who begin by developing an understanding of the project’s scope, deliverables, and timeline for completion.  Don’t hesitate…contact us now to get your project in the queue.  The Venture Club will review all proposed projects and make decisions soon.  Please contact Casey Mackintosh, Toby D’Ambola, or Jeff Shay right away so you don’t miss this opportunity (mackintoshc15@mail.wlu.edu).

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What does “entrepreneurship” mean to you?

Washington & Lee Alumni share their thoughts on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.


What does Entrepreneurship mean to you? from Jeff Shay on Vimeo.

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Recent Graduate Working For Hot New Startup!

One of our past business plan competitors, Nathaniel Reichel, is working at a startup this coming year. Nate, Class of 2014, accepted a job with Virtual U.

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Virtual U is a technology startup that is able to get biometric data like height, weight, BMI, resting heart rate as well as circumferences of any part of the body all in a 10 second scan with a margin error of .5%. Virtual U will use there scans to eventually enter the health industry for body fat and other relevant scans, fashion industry for clothes fittings, and the medical industry for use at detecting skin cancer. Their new technology allows people to be able to see themselves in 3D on their mobile device in high accuracy through the VFit scans.

Please vote for Virtual U on Tech Coctail’s poll:http://tech.co/dcs-hottest-showcasing-startup-poll-2-2014-05. Virtual U is in a competition for the best new startup in DC and we would love to show our W&L support! You can vote each day.

Nate is excited to enter the world of entrepreneurship and to work in App Development at the Blacksburg start up. He is already planning on coming back to W&L in September for the Entrepreneurship Summit!

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iStartup Social Entrepreneurship

The members of Venture Club, Shepard Poverty Program, Generals Development and Community Financial Freedom are hosting a special colloquium on social entrepreneurship this Alumni Weekend. The event, on Friday May 2nd, will feature a panelist of experts discussing current trends in space and challenges facing socially oriented ventures. Following the panel discussion, students will be pitching their own social venture ideas to a panel of judges with the possibility to win funding and consulting services. A Q&A session with the panelists and students participants will follow the pitch competition. We are excited to be co-hosting such an exciting event!

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Congratulations to Matthew Kordonowy!

We are so proud and excited that VC member Matthew Kordonowy has secured a grant for $15,000 from Colgate towards his company, Vern Clothing!

Want to find out more about Vern Clothing?

Founded by a couple of college students with a passion for travel, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship, Vern Clothing’s mission is to help disadvantaged artisans and weavers in remote locations earn fair wages for their handcrafted items.  We do this this by working directly with weaving cooperatives and artisan groups in the Guatemalan highlands to produce items for American shoppers.

The artisans and weavers that we work with don’t have access to markets in Europe and the United States. They are forced to sell their work on the street or market to the few tourists that wander by. It is our mission to connect these artisans with the world so that they can finally get fair wages and achieve a better standard of living.

Ten percent of our profits are sent back to the communities that we purchase our products from. Currently, we support an organization that provide educational opportunities in the Guatemalan highlands. As we expand our business, we will continue to add organizations. 

Congratulations to Matthew!

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