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ENTR 407: Entrepreneurship Hour

This weekly seminar series invites disruptive, influential, and respected entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business leaders to speak to students about their personal experiences founding, financing, and managing a startup venture. Following the lecture, students will be able to meet the guest speaker and network with members of the entrepreneurial community. Students can take the pass/fail course up to 3 times for credit.

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E-Hour Schedule

GREG GAGE - Backyard Brains

Greg Gage is the Co-Founder and CEO of Backyard Brains, an organization that develops open-source tools that allow amateurs and students to participate in neural discovery. Greg is an NIH-award winning neuroscientist with 9 popular TED Talks and dozens of peer-reviewed publications. Greg is a Senior Fellow at TED and the recipient of the White House Champion of Change from Barack Obama award for his commitment to citizen science.

January 29

GREG GAGE - Backyard Brains

Greg Gage is the Co-Founder and CEO of Backyard Brains, an organization that develops open-source tools that allow amateurs and students to participate in neural discovery. Greg is an NIH-award winning neuroscientist with 9 popular TED Talks and dozens of peer-reviewed publications. Greg is a Senior Fellow at TED and the recipient of the White House Champion of Change from Barack Obama award for his commitment to citizen science.

January 29

TYSON GERSH - The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Tyson Gersh is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Michigan Farming Initiative. He has experience in non-profit startups, urban community development, 3D modeling, urban agriculture, and social psychology research, and a current ambition to push human-machine interfaces towards seamless integration in daily life.

February 5

TYSON GERSH - The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Tyson Gersh is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Michigan Farming Initiative. He has experience in non-profit startups, urban community development, 3D modeling, urban agriculture, and social psychology research, and a current ambition to push human-machine interfaces towards seamless integration in daily life.

February 5

JOSH TETRICK - Eat Just, Inc.

Josh Tetrick is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eat Just, Inc., which is bringing healthier and more affordable food to everyone, everywhere. They believe that solving the problem means solving the problem for everybody—not just those who can afford it. Their technology, which is based upon understanding plants from every corner of the planet, enables consumers, food manufactures, and the largest retailers around the world, to offer better, healthier products, at a more affordable cost.

February 12

JOSH TETRICK - Eat Just, Inc.

Josh Tetrick is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eat Just, Inc., which is bringing healthier and more affordable food to everyone, everywhere. They believe that solving the problem means solving the problem for everybody—not just those who can afford it. Their technology, which is based upon understanding plants from every corner of the planet, enables consumers, food manufactures, and the largest retailers around the world, to offer better, healthier products, at a more affordable cost.

February 12

REILLY BRENNAN

Reilly P. Brennan is a founding general partner at Trucks, a seed-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs changing the future of transportation. He has over 40 venture investments in transportation, including Nauto, May Mobility, nuTonomy, Roadster, Zendrive, AEye, Skyryse and Joby Aviation. Reilly sits on the board of directors for Zohr, Swyft and Stable Auto.

Reilly holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University, where he teaches each year in the School of Engineering and the d.school. His classes bridge the fields of transportation, design and entrepreneurship.

February 19

REILLY BRENNAN

Reilly P. Brennan is a founding general partner at Trucks, a seed-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs changing the future of transportation. He has over 40 venture investments in transportation, including Nauto, May Mobility, nuTonomy, Roadster, Zendrive, AEye, Skyryse and Joby Aviation. Reilly sits on the board of directors for Zohr, Swyft and Stable Auto.

Reilly holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University, where he teaches each year in the School of Engineering and the d.school. His classes bridge the fields of transportation, design and entrepreneurship.

February 19

JULES PIERI - The Grommet

Jules Pieri is author of  “How We Make Stuff Now,” named one of the “11 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine in 2019. Jules is co-founder and former CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com

February 26

JULES PIERI - The Grommet

Jules Pieri is author of  “How We Make Stuff Now,” named one of the “11 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine in 2019. Jules is co-founder and former CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com

February 26

SARA SPANGELO - Swarm Technologies

Sara Sangelo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Swarm, where they are deploying the world’s lowest-cost global communications network with breakthrough satellite technology and ground hardware for customers in remote locations. Previous to Swarm, she worked on small satellites and autonomous aircraft at the University of Michigan and was a lead systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Google X.

March 5

SARA SPANGELO - Swarm Technologies

Sara Sangelo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Swarm, where they are deploying the world’s lowest-cost global communications network with breakthrough satellite technology and ground hardware for customers in remote locations. Previous to Swarm, she worked on small satellites and autonomous aircraft at the University of Michigan and was a lead systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Google X.

March 5

BEN CHEHEBAR - Compology

Ben Chehebar is the Chief Production Office and Co-Founder at Compology. As the leading provider of camera-based IoT and artificial intelligence solutions in waste transportation, Compology helps move the world’s raw material, finished goods and waste with the smallest footprint possible.

March 12

BEN CHEHEBAR - Compology

Ben Chehebar is the Chief Production Office and Co-Founder at Compology. As the leading provider of camera-based IoT and artificial intelligence solutions in waste transportation, Compology helps move the world’s raw material, finished goods and waste with the smallest footprint possible.

March 12

KATE SCHOX - Trucks Venture Capital

Kate Schox grew up on the East Coast and studied both anthropology and business. She was COO of a firm featured as an Inc. 5000 ‘fastest growing company’ five years in a row. Kate developed the Trucks Venture Capital mission of ‘cleaner, safer, and more accessible’, and led the Trucks investments in Gatik, Bear Flag, and Wise. She serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards and is actively seeking a corporate board position in support of Senate Bill 826.

March 19

KATE SCHOX - Trucks Venture Capital

Kate Schox grew up on the East Coast and studied both anthropology and business. She was COO of a firm featured as an Inc. 5000 ‘fastest growing company’ five years in a row. Kate developed the Trucks Venture Capital mission of ‘cleaner, safer, and more accessible’, and led the Trucks investments in Gatik, Bear Flag, and Wise. She serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards and is actively seeking a corporate board position in support of Senate Bill 826.

March 19

DAVE ANDERSON - Toyota AI Ventures Investor

Dave Anderson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor passionate about technology. Dave is currently on the investment team at Toyota AI Ventures where he invests in Seed to Series A companies in AI and robotics. Previously, Dave founded Seasoned, an online platform to connect retirees to part-time work and Bamboo Detroit, Detroit’s first co-working space for entrepreneurs. Dave has also mentored early-stage startups and managed NextEnergy’s participation in the DOE-funded National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE), a national network of leading cleantech incubators across the country.

March 26

DAVE ANDERSON - Toyota AI Ventures Investor

Dave Anderson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor passionate about technology. Dave is currently on the investment team at Toyota AI Ventures where he invests in Seed to Series A companies in AI and robotics. Previously, Dave founded Seasoned, an online platform to connect retirees to part-time work and Bamboo Detroit, Detroit’s first co-working space for entrepreneurs. Dave has also mentored early-stage startups and managed NextEnergy’s participation in the DOE-funded National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE), a national network of leading cleantech incubators across the country.

March 26

ALEX KREMER - Patagonia

Alex Kremer oversees Patagonia’s used gear business and is a Director of Patagonia’s corporate development and investment team, working on various innovation projects and strategic initiatives to help solve our planet’s biggest problems by harnessing the power of responsible business.

April 2

ALEX KREMER - Patagonia

Alex Kremer oversees Patagonia’s used gear business and is a Director of Patagonia’s corporate development and investment team, working on various innovation projects and strategic initiatives to help solve our planet’s biggest problems by harnessing the power of responsible business.

April 2

RACHEL KONRAD - Impossible Foods Inc.

Rachel Konrad is the Chief Communications Officer of Impossible Foods, which makes meat directly from plants. She leads a high-impact team of motivated, mission-driven and highly subversive communications, brand, creative, influence, social media and event pros. She is an expert in strategic comms and reputation management, brand communications and marketing, content generation, earned media, crisis comms, thought leadership, media relations, media training, social media, messaging and corporate narrative development.

April 9

RACHEL KONRAD - Impossible Foods Inc.

Rachel Konrad is the Chief Communications Officer of Impossible Foods, which makes meat directly from plants. She leads a high-impact team of motivated, mission-driven and highly subversive communications, brand, creative, influence, social media and event pros. She is an expert in strategic comms and reputation management, brand communications and marketing, content generation, earned media, crisis comms, thought leadership, media relations, media training, social media, messaging and corporate narrative development.

April 9

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April 16

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April 16

Every entrepreneur has a journey, learn how with Entrepreneurship Hour

Now is the time to take a risk. Learning to trust your gut and take a leap can make all the difference. No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe.

It is inevitable that one will fail at some point. What you do after determines the course of your future. Sometimes you learn to go a different direction or discover a new path to a successful outcome.

College is about expanding your comfort zone experiencing new things and new ways of thinking. Learning how to look at life or problems you encounter from this fresh perspective can help you attain your goals, both personally and professionally.

Discussing, planning, strategizing are necessary, but eventually one must execute. Gaining the skills and the knowledge are only one part of the puzzle. In the end you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Engaging Discussions

After their presentations, the entrepreneur will sit down with Eric Bacyinski to discuss their journey and answer questions from the audience.

Weekly Introductions

Each Friday speakers will introduce different facets of the entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed and the many topics, industries, and subject matter anyone can help revolutionize.

Industry Game Changers

Meet top influential and disruptive entrepreneurially- minded leaders from a variety of industry who have sought out innovative solutions to intriguing problems.

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