Entrepreneurship Conference

Darden's E-Conference is a series of entrepreneurship events bringing together Darden students, alumni and community entrepreneurs to share their experiences building businesses and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

 

Save the Date: The 2014 E-Conference, "Partnering for Startup Success" will be held on Friday, 7 November 2014.

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2013


2013 Darden Entrepreneurship Conference: "Start Up Now"
was held Friday 8 November 

Download program [pdf]

This year’s conference explored one of the hardest challenges
that every entrepreneur faces: how to start, and once started, how to
build momentum around an early stage concept or venture.

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2012

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Download program [pdf]       

 

The conference featured the following speakers, and more:

Ellen Levy, former vice president of strategic initiatives, advisory board member, LinkedIn
Tim Ogilvie, CEO, Peer Insight
Kit Hickey, co-founder, Ministry of Supply
Brian Knight, co-founder, Crowdcheck
Vlad Vukicevic, co-founder, RocketHub 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Thinking for the "Intra-preneur" - How to Innovate within a Corporation: Tim Ogilvie, CEO, Peer Insight

 

 

Crowdfunding Panel: Moderated by Sean Carr

Panelists: Kit Hickey, co-founder, Ministry of Supply; Brian Knight, co-founder, CrowdCheck; Charlie Tribbett, co-founder, Bolstr; and Vlad Vukicevic, co-founder, RocketHub.

 
 



Stay tuned for information about the next Darden Entrepreneurship Conference in November 2013!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

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Innovate. Effectuate.

The 2011 E-Conference was held 3-4 November at Darden. Several of the conference sessions are available on YouTube.

Program: download (pdf).

Read the summary news article.

AGENDA

Time Event         Location
3 November    
4:00-6:30 pm Concept Competition     Classroom 50
     
6:30-9:00 pm     Reception and Dinner Abbott Center
     
4 November    
8:00-8:45 am    Continental Breakfast  
     
9:00-9:45 am Keynote: From Darden Incubator to Exit: Hotelicopter Flies.
Trip Davis (moderator) with Adam Healey and Charles Seilheimer

Abbott
Auditorium

     
9:45-10:30 am     Innovate. Sean Carr (moderator) with Jeanne Liedtka and Mark Miller Abbott
Auditorium
     
10:45-11:30 am     Effectuate. Saras Sarasvathy (moderator) with Sean Eidson and
Tim Grant
Abbott
Auditorium
     
1:00-2:00 pm     Hot Markets: Clean Tech. Mike Lenox (moderator) with Scott
Green, Matt Hanzmon, Mark Miller and Manoj Sinha
Abbott
Auditorium
     
  Start Up Workshop: Effectuation. Saras Sarasvathy     i.Lab
     
2:30-3:30 pm        Hot Markets: Consumer Experience. Philippe Sommer (moderator)
with Tobias Dengel, Dan Maccarone and Joren van der Pluijm
Abbott
Auditorium
     
  Start Up Workshop: Buying a Business. Frank Genovese i.Lab
     
4:00-5:00 pm            Hot Markets: High Tech, The Future of Social Media.
Patrick Sweeney
Abbott
Auditorium
     
5:00-7:00 pm         Reception  

2010

“THE LIFE CYCLE OF A STARTUP”  
Thursday, November 11 – Saturday, November 13, 2010

Competitions and Learning Events for Darden Students and Alumni, Including the Opportunity to Pitch Business Ideas to a Panel of Venture Capitalists and Investors –

– 3-Day Conference Explored the Essentials to Developing a New Business:
From Idea Generation to Launch to Exits – 

Entrepreneurial Darden students and alumni participated in a highly-engaging, 3-day Entrepreneurship Conference (“E-Conference”) that included hands-on workshops led by Darden faculty, concept competitions for students and alumni, and numerous opportunities for informal conversation and fellowship on and off the Darden Grounds.

The Life Cycle of a Startup covered bootstrapping, de-risking, managing growth, and exits.

 

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Chic Thompson
Chic Thompson is a founding partner of the Creative Management Group. He previously worked in new product development and marketing for W.L. Gore and Associates (Gore-Tex®), Johnson & Johnson and The Walt Disney Company. During the last 25 years, Thompson has given over 3,500 motivational presentations and has partnered with internationally recognized speakers and entertainers ranging from Tony Robbins and Stephen Covey to Cirque du Soleil and Second City Improv. He is the author of What a Great Idea! (HarperCollins, 1992), Yes, But… The Top 40 Killer Phrases and How You Can Fight Them (HarperCollins, 1994) and What a Great Idea 2.0 (Barnes & Noble, 2007). Thompson was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business in 2004 and is an adjunct faculty member several universities and other institutions. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

What Do You Need to Start a Business?

Saras D. Sarasvathy
Saras Sarasvathy is the Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business. A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, Sarasvathy serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing as well as advisor to entrepreneurship education and doctoral programs in Europe and Asia. Her scholarly work has won several awards including the 2001 William H. Newman Award from the Academy of Management, the 2009 Gerald E. Hills Best Paper Award from the American Marketing Association, and her book Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. In 2007, she was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine. Her research program based on effectuation involves scholars from around the world. Sarasvathy received a B.Com from the University of Bombay (India), and M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrea Ayres
Andrea Ayres is the co-founder of Splendora’s Gelato in Charlottesville, Virginia. She previously worked as a high yield bond analyst in New York and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Discovery Museum. Currently, Ayres is the secretary of Henley Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization. She received a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

R. "Jerry" Nemorin
R. "Jerry" Nemorin is the Founder and CEO of LendStreet, a peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on consolidating and refinancing consumer and small business debt. Prior to founding LendStreet, he was an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Financial Sponsors Group where he helped raised over $2.5 billion in capital for clients in various industries. Nemorin began his career as an Analyst in Tyco International's Treasury group. Nemorin received a B.S. in Finance and Exercise & Sports Science from the University of Florida and a MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business.

Funding



Trip Davis
Trip Davis is the Co-Founder and Chairman of TRX, a global leader in travel technology and data services founded in 1999. TRX processes more than $400 billion per year in travel volume on behalf of its clients. The company employs 800 people in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and India. Davis is the six-time Chairman of the Masters Program, the forum for corporate travel industry leaders. Among his many honors, Business Travel News has twice recognized him as one of the Top 25 Influential Executives in the travel industry. He is the non-executive Chairman of hotelicopter, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Riverstone Group as well as the Board of Trustees of the Darden School Foundation. Davis is Co-Faculty Director of the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Davis received a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Reenst Lesemann
Reenst Lesemann is the VP of Business Development for Columbia Power Technologies. He has 25 years of operational, executive and financial experience in his career. Prior to Columbia Power, he co-founded a seed and early stage venture fund, Tall Oaks Capital Partners, where he served as Managing Director and CFO. He has run a series of successful businesses including a maritime logistics spin off, TradeSource, Inc., that he created, led and managed. During his career, he has been responsible for all aspects of business management including strategic planning, marketing, and information services. Mr. Lesemann's customers ranged from Fortune 50 to small businesses and were located in over 20 countries. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of testengine.com and the Virginia Discovery Museum, and has also served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council. He received a BA in history with honors from the University of North Carolina and a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Craig H. Misrach
Craig Misrach is the President and CEO of Freedom Meditech, a developmental stage medical device company focused on the commercialization of devices for diabetes screening and daily glucose monitoring. BusinessWeek featured Freedom Meditech as one of “The World’s Most Intriguing Startups” in 2009. Prior to his work with Freedom Meditech, Misrach was the President and COO of EyeChem, and Controller and Assistant Vice President of Silvergate Capital Corporation, a $500M asset-based diversified finance organization. Prior to Silvergate, he worked for Deloitte and Touché, where he was the Lead Senior Accountant for a $60M IPO and audited various biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare companies. Misrach, a Certified Public Accountant, received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University and a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Jordan Posell
Jordan Posell is the CFO for Total Beauty Media, Inc. He has over 15 years of financial and operational management experience across a wide range of start-ups. After starting out in investment banking in Asia, Posell moved into lead operations and finance roles at several top-tier, venture-backed start-ups including Gemstar, Idealab, eToys (which he helped take public), LivePlanet, and GameFly. On the senior management team at Neven Vision, he helped steward its sale to a little start-up company named Google. Most recently, Posell was the COO of paidContent.org. He received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Managing Growth

Edward D. Hess
Edward Hess is Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden School of Business where he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. ). His current research focuses on the Darden Growth/Innovation Model, the challenges of managing private company growth and building enduring organizations. He is the author of eight books, over 40 practitioner articles, and over 40 Darden cases. Hess's work has appeared or been featured in more than 125 publications, television programs, and websites. His most recent book is Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth (Columbia Business School Publishing, 2010) and forthcoming is Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases (Stanford University Press, February, 2011). Hess received a BS from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a L.L.M. from New York University.

Lyons Brown
Lyons Brown is the Founder and CEO of Altamar Brands, LLC, which was launched in 2005. He previously was employed with his family’s legendary Kentucky-based marketing firm, Brown-Forman Corporation, responsible for Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort. Altamar has marketed several successful spirits including the premium tequila, Corralejo, its maiden sprit, Right Gin, and, in partnership with The Blackmint Distillery, Kübler, the first authentic Swiss Absinthe in the U.S. in nearly 100 years. In 2007, Forbes noted Brown as an entrepreneur seeking “a new audience for out-of-vogue spirits.” Brown received a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

Jefferson Macklin
Jefferson Macklin is the COO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, a collection of entities including restaurants, catering, and a cookbook store, which offers unique culinary experiences in Boston. After graduating from West Point, he served as an Airborne and Ranger- qualified Combat Engineer Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm and received a Bronze Star. Macklin subsequently attended business school and then served as COO for two venture-backed start-ups: first at Rock.com and then later at Digital Media on Demand (DMOD) before leaving to manage several indie rock bands. He joined Barbara Lynch Gruppo in 2007. Macklin received a MBA from the Darden School of Business.


Exits

Susan Chaplinsky
Susan Chaplinsky is the Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at the Darden School of Business where she teaches the courses "Corporate Financing" and "Entrepreneurship and Private Equity.” Her research interests are primarily in capital raising and corporate finance with specialized interests in private equity, security issuance, capital structure, PIPEs and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). She is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business and Financial Management. Chaplinsky received a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

Robert Capon
Robert Capon is the co-founder and former CEO of Charlottesville-based Adenosine Therapeutics, one of the world’s leaders in adenosine drug discovery and development with a program in phase III clinical development. Adenosine Therapeutics was acquired in 2008 by Clinical Data, Inc., where Capon remains as a senior VP of business development. He has been at the helm of four companies including as a co-founder of ViroLogic, a which went public as a NASDAQ firm in 2000 and as a co-founder of HJC Software, the makers of Virex, the first commercial antivirus software for Macintosh personal computers. Capon has served on many boards and commissions including, to name a few: the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission; the Piedmont Virginia Educational Foundation; and currently serves as chair of U.Va.’s McCormick Observatory Advisory Board. Capon received a BS in mechanical engineering with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, and a MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

Jordan Posell
Jordan Posell is the CFO for Total Beauty Media, Inc. He has over 15 years of financial and operational management experience across a wide range of start-ups. After starting out in investment banking in Asia, Posell moved into lead operations and finance roles at several top-tier, venture-backed start-ups including Gemstar, Idealab, eToys (which he helped take public), LivePlanet, and GameFly. On the senior management team at Neven Vision, he helped steward its sale to a little start-up company named Google. Most recently, Posell was the COO of paidContent.org. He received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

T. Justin Moore, III
Jay Moore is a Partner and head of the law firm Hunton & William’s Corporate Team. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and private equity. He has extensive experience representing public companies in connection with M&A transactions, financings and joint ventures. On the private equity side, he regularly represents private equity firms in acquisitions and investment transactions and portfolio companies in financings, acquisitions and exit transactions through a sale or IPO. Corporate finance experience includes public and private equity and debt financings. Industry experience encompasses consumer products, software, coal, life sciences, chemicals and manufacturing. Among his many current and past community activities are: Chairman of Board of Trustees, Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia; Board of Directors, Valentine Richmond History Center; and Board of Directors, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Moore received a B.A. in history cum laude from Princeton University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a MBA from the Darden School of Business.

 

 

 

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