Make the connections that will help you make your ideas and dreams become a reality.
Meet successful entrepreneurs and hear how they have brought their ideas to life, learn about the essentials of entrepreneurship, gain foundational knowledge, and explore the strengths and weaknesses of your entrepreneurial plan in this special series of workshops.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, in Kolligian Library Room 355 on the UC Merced campus, and is open to everyone from the community and the campus community. Tuition is $50 per day for the general public, and $20 a day for UC Merced students, and you can register online at bit.ly/UCMBusiness.
Pitching your business idea is key in keeping your plan moving forward. At this event, you’ll hear from experts how to develop a pitch that will make people listen. You’ll be able to forge network connections and learn from challenges others have encountered on their journeys, and learn more about the resources that are available to you in and outside of our communities.
The event features innovation and team building exercises; workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership, startup foundations, startup finance, pitching, disruptive innovation, business modeling and planning, building an effective team, angel investing, crowdfunding and initial coin offering, and networking; as well as business lunches; panel discussions; a keynote address; and a “pitchfest” with prizes.
Students who attend all IES modules will earn an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) completion award.
Featured speakers include Anita D. Bhappu; a management professor; Jane Binger, a leadership educator and entrepreneur; Trevor Cox, who works with startups; business communications lecturer John Haner; Seattle software CEO Karim Lessard; startup CEO Victor Wang; economics Professor Russ McBride; management Professor Alexander Petersen; and finance Professor Theofanis "Fanis" Tsoulouhas.