Registration is now OPEN!!!
Mark your calendars and join us on October 18-19, 2013 for Washington and Lee University’s Second Annual Entrepreneurship Summit. The Entrepreneurship Summit provides the opportunity for alumni, students, and faculty to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and establish valuable connections for present and future entrepreneurial endeavors.
In addition to networking events, the program includes presentations and interactive panel sessions on important topics such as bootstrapping, launching technology ventures, venture capital and angel funding, leveraging social media, protecting your intellectual property, and strategic models to enhance success. Alumni currently engaged in launching or growing an entrepreneurial venture will have the opportunity to pitch their companies. In these sessions new entrepreneurs will receive valuable feedback from experienced mentors regarding the challenges they are facing. There will also be opportunities to engage with current students working on business plans and a variety of discussion forums.
The Entrepreneurship Summit will be open to all W&L alumni, students, faculty, and parents. Below is a brief description of each group and their involvement in the Summit.
All alumni will participate in the various networking and panel discussions. Alumni who identify themselves as having entrepreneurial experience are welcome to join us for sessions as panelists, presenters, or engaged attendees on both Friday and Saturday. Alumni who identify themselves as new to entrepreneurship have the opportunity to apply to be one of the companies featured in the Alumni Pitch session and are encouraged to participate in all of our educationally oriented sessions.
Alumni registration is now OPEN! Please spread the word. We would like to accommodate all alumni and students, but for some of the activities space will be limited to first come, first served (registrations are timestamped). Please help us with our planning and logistics and alumni should click here to register now.
Student members of the Venture Club will be involved in planning, organizing, and managing the Entrepreneurship Summit and will attend all events. Non-‐Venture Club students from the Williams School, the College, and the Law School will be invited to attend in all panel and mentoring sessions.
Student registration is now OPEN! Please spread the word. We would like to accommodate all alumni and students, but for some of the activities space will be limited to first come, first served (registrations are timestamped). Please help us with our planning and logistics and students should click here to register now.
Faculty and Parents
W&L faculty and parents of current or former students with interests in Entrepreneurship will be invited to attend all events.
Friday October 18, 2013 (8:30am – 7pm)
The first day of the Summit focuses primarily on providing educational opportunities for alumni and students. Alumni are invited and encouraged to participate in various panels, discussions, etc. throughout the day. Students will be attending sessions throughout the day. Educational sessions for alumni and students on Friday include:
Launching technology ventures
Venture capital and angel investors
Leveraging social media in new ventures
Protecting your intellectual property
Sessions will be followed by an Alumni Entrepreneur Reception and Networking event from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Reeves Center.
Saturday October 19, 2013 (8am – 10pm)
The second day of The Summit provides additional educational sessions, networking events, alumni and student entrepreneurship showcase events, and much more. Saturday includes the following opportunities:
Alumni New Venture Pitches – up to three alumni ventures will be selected by the Venture Club to participate in the Alumni New Venture Pitch session. Interested alumni should contact Professor Jeff Shay at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interested alumni must complete an application form that will be reviewed by the Venture Club. Click here to complete the application.
Student Pitch Competition – we will hold our Third Annual Pitch Competition. Students will be selected in September through an application process.
W&L Alumni Angel and Alumni Crowdfunding Discussion – alumni will engage in a discussion regarding possibly forming an angel group or crowdfunding platform. These will be alumni organizations and not part of the University.
W&L Alumni Entrepreneur Network Discussion – alumni will discuss various options for creating a stronger alumni entrepreneur network.
Alumni session with Entrepreneurship students – alumni will be assigned to various student groups working on business plans and provide valuable advice.
Educational sessions – Professor Jeff Shay will provide a session on strategic models for new ventures and an alum will provide a session on social media.
Mock/Real interview sessions for internships and permanent jobs for students – we will provide space for alumni to interview W&L students for positions.
Networking Reception and Dinner – at the end of the day we’ll provide the opportunity for alumni and students to network.