Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford in February, 2009

Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford is generously supported by Deloitte

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2/18 Wednesday
Entrepreneurship Week Kickoff
4:30-6:00 PM, Kresge Auditorium
A special presentation of the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture Series:
“Entrepreneurial Leadership”

Featured Speaker: John Hennessy
Join us for a thought-provoking, inspirational talk about entrepreneurial leadership by Stanford President, John Hennessy. His insights come from leading Stanford University, as well as his prior experiences as a successful entrepreneur and his current role as a board member for several high-technology ventures, including Google, Cisco Systems, and Atheros Communications. As part of the festivities, we will launch Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford and give out audience prizes.

Hosts: Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN), Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), and Business Association of Entrepreneurial Students (BASES)

2/19 Thursday
Careers in Product Creation and Manufacturing for New Graduates
6:00-8:00 PM, Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Building, School of Earth Sciences

Itching to invent new products and be an innovator after graduation? Enjoy a light dinner while learning about career opportunities with established manufacturing companies looking for entrepreneurial talent. Stanford alumni and other representatives from blue-chip companies will talk about how manufacturing companies can offer all of the excitement of a start-up without all of the risk. Representatives from the Career Development Center will also be on hand to share resources and offer career planning advice. This will be a highly interactive session, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. (This session is open to Stanford students only. Space is limited. First come, first served)

Host: Product Realization Network (PRN)

2/20 Friday
Pitchfest: Venture Capital Speed Dating
1:30-5:00 PM, Wallenberg Learning Theater, Building 160

Stanford students: Pitch your business ideas to Silicon Valley venture capitalists (VCs). Apply in advance for 3-4 opportunities to give three-minute pitches to VC pairs and receive three minutes of feedback. This portion of the event is restricted to pre-registered students and VCs.

At 4:00, the event opens to the public for a networking mixer. Come join us to meet entrepreneurial students and VCs.

Host: Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES)

2/21 Saturday
Pitching and Presenting Workshop: How to Make Your Story Compelling
10:00-12:00 PM, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“d.school”), Building 524

Learn how to tell your story in a way that will hold your audience captive, whether you’re pitching ideas, products, your company, or yourself. Feel free to arrive with a pitch in mind that you’d like to work on. You’ll find out how to structure your message, make it irresistible, and WOW them with visuals. Apply these principles and tips to pitches of any length and to any audience, whether it be investors, customers, partners, employees, employers, the media or others. This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will be led by marketing expert, Theresa Lina Stevens, and design guru, Forrest Glick, both of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. A complimentary light brunch will be served. Space is limited to the first 30 people. Arrive early.

Host: Stanford Technology Ventures Program

“Bring Your Product to Life” Workshop
1:00-3:00 PM, Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Building, School of Earth Sciences

Ideas to prototype to market – Entrepreneurs are those that can successfully navigate this path. Bringing Products to Life is about taking the necessary steps so that products can scale in the market, sustainably. Led by Marc Theeuwes, Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering Design Division, this is an interactive workshop with a world class panel that brings practical insights from over 100 years of collective experience with leading products and services. Entrepreneurs, bring your product ideas to this workshop and learn from the experts.

Host: Product Realization Network (PRN)

2/22 Sunday
Starting & Growing a Social Enterprise: Panel and Showcase
3:00-5:00 PM, Wallenberg Hall Learning Theater, Building 160

Join us for a lively panel discussion with local social entrepreneurs at an event sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation. The panel – which includes Jane Leu, founder and executive director of Upwardly Global, Chuck Slaughter, founder and president of LivingGoods; and Morgan Simon, cofounder and executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition – will talk from 3-4 pm about key success factors for starting and growing a social enterprise. Regina Starr Ridley, publishing director of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, will moderate. Afterwards, mingle with entrepreneurs at a fair showcasing their intriguing early-stage social ventures, sponsored by the Stanford Media X Program.

Hosts: Center for Social Innovation, Graduate School of Business, and Stanford Media X Program

2/23 Monday
“Solving the Global Leadership and Talent Equation” Eric Benhamou, David Chao, Kyung Yoon, Michael Zhao. Panel and Reception
4:00-6:00 PM Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall

Come hear four successful entrepreneurial leaders share insights about the crucial element of talent for start-ups in a global environment: how to build a team, recruit the best people, and manage across borders. Draw on their wealth of experiences: they have founded, funded and led many firms, pioneered technologies and business practices, led start-ups and Fortune 500 firms, and recruited and mentored scores of company leaders. The discussion will be followed by Q&A and a networking reception over appetizers.

Host: Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE)

2/24 Tuesday
“Startup 101” Job Fair
Noon-4:00 PM, Tresidder Union

Explore job opportunities with startups and larger companies looking for entrepreneurial talent. Employers represent a wide range of industries, from Web 2.0 to cleantech, medical devices, and biotech. Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the event.

Employers should register here for an exhibition space.

Host: A partnership of several student entrepreneurship groups on campus and The Career Development Center

Entrepreneurship Mixer
5:00-7:00 PM, Graduate School of Business (GSB), South Building, Lower Arbuckle Lounge

Network with students, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other members of the entrepreneurship community, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This loosely structured event will help ensure that you get an opportunity to talk to others in your field of interest.

Host: GSB Entrepreneur Club

Creativity Challenge: James Bond Casino Caper
7:30-9:30 PM, Top Secret Location

Dress as your favorite James Bond character (or not) and join us for a glamorous soiree while mingling with the stars and enjoying Blackjack, Craps and other casino favorites. Sometime during the evening your entrepreneurial spirit will be put to the test, and you may just be blown away. Come armed with your creativity and sense of adventure. Space is limited to the first 35 people.

Host: Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)

2/25 Wednesday
Annual GSB Entrepreneurship Conference
11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Graduate School of Business

This intensive session addresses practical issues associated with creating sustainable businesses. It features speakers and panels for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs. There is a fee for this event, and registration is required (http://www.econference.org/).

Host: Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Graduate School of Business

“The Next Big Thing”: A special presentation of the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture Series
4:30-6:00 PM, Kresge Auditorium

Featured Speakers:

  • Tim Draper, Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Tony Perkins, CEO, AlwaysOn
  • Michael Moe, Founding Partner, ThinkPanmure, and Author (Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow)

As part of the Entrepreneurship Week closing finale, find out what the hot entrepreneurial opportunities are today and tomorrow, as three of the most forward-looking and insightful thought leaders in Silicon Valley weigh in. They’ll debate, argue and discuss their way through an analysis of where technology is going and where to start placing your bets. An audience Q&A will follow. We’ll also announce the winners of the 2008 Bike Safety Invention Challenge and feature special highlights from throughout Entrepreneurship Week.

Host: Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and Business Association of Stanford Entpreneurial Students (BASES), the Stanford Biodesign Program

Networking Reception and SEN Fair
6:00-7:30 PM, Kresge Lobby

Immediately following the debate, network with entrepreneurial students, alumni and others in the Stanford community. Also enjoy a tradeshow-style showcase to learn about entrepreneurship groups on campus. You can also view winning entries from the 2008 Bike Safety Invention Challenge and talk to the inventors. Everyone is welcome.

Host: Stanford Entrepreneurship Network (SEN), Stanford Biodesign Program