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ENTR 407: Entrepreneurship Hour

Next E-Hour Begins

This weekly seminar series, also open to the public (12:30-1:20pm in Stamps Auditorium on North Campus), 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.

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E-Hour Schedule

Dr. JONATHAN FAY - CFE

Currently the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Fay has had several roles in his years with startups in Silicon Valley. As the host of 407, he will help prepare you for what to expect and what you will hopefully learn over the course of the semester.

Sep 13

Dr. JONATHAN FAY - CFE

Currently the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Fay has had several roles in his years with startups in Silicon Valley. As the host of 407, he will help prepare you for what to expect and what you will hopefully learn over the course of the semester.

Sep 13

RAM VASUDEVAN - University of Michigan

An assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan with an appointment in the University of Michigan’s Robotics Program. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an Honors Degree in Physics in May 2006, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2009, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in December 2012 all from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Locomotion Group at MIT from 2012 till 2014 before joining the University of Michigan in 2015.  He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and ONR Young Investigator Award. 

Sept 20

RAM VASUDEVAN - University of Michigan

An assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan with an appointment in the University of Michigan’s Robotics Program. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an Honors Degree in Physics in May 2006, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2009, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in December 2012 all from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Locomotion Group at MIT from 2012 till 2014 before joining the University of Michigan in 2015.  He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and ONR Young Investigator Award. 

Sept 20

BRET KUGELMASS - Energy Impact Center

An American technology entrepreneur who’s turned his focus to climate and energy advocacy. One of the early pioneers in commercializing drones (Airphrame – acq. 2017) for environmental surveys and emergency response he’s experienced first-hand market growth within complex technical, regulatory, and public opinion framework. Motivated by the climate crises he moved to DC to set up a research initiative (Energy Impact Center) focused on exploring nuclear power and its role in deep decarbonization.

Sep 27

BRET KUGELMASS - Energy Impact Center

An American technology entrepreneur who’s turned his focus to climate and energy advocacy. One of the early pioneers in commercializing drones (Airphrame – acq. 2017) for environmental surveys and emergency response he’s experienced first-hand market growth within complex technical, regulatory, and public opinion framework. Motivated by the climate crises he moved to DC to set up a research initiative (Energy Impact Center) focused on exploring nuclear power and its role in deep decarbonization.

Sep 27

PATRICK HUNT - Rivian

As the Strategy Director at Rivian Automotive (a company which develops vehicles, products and services related to sustainable transportation), three-time U-M Alum, Patrick Hunt seeks to highlight authentic experiences by humbling your ego when at the helm of a startup.

Oct 4

PATRICK HUNT - Rivian

As the Strategy Director at Rivian Automotive (a company which develops vehicles, products and services related to sustainable transportation), three-time U-M Alum, Patrick Hunt seeks to highlight authentic experiences by humbling your ego when at the helm of a startup.

Oct 4

JONATHAN KUMAR - Samaritan

As a user experience designer by trade, founding several projects to solve social issues and founding his first social enterprise, FoodCircles, Jonathan created Samaritan, enabling Seattle citygoers to invest directly and compassionately into individuals around them struggling through homelessness. Jonathan received a BS in Informatics and Economics from the University of Michigan and has also produced multiple short films.

Oct 18

JONATHAN KUMAR - Samaritan

As a user experience designer by trade, founding several projects to solve social issues and founding his first social enterprise, FoodCircles, Jonathan created Samaritan, enabling Seattle citygoers to invest directly and compassionately into individuals around them struggling through homelessness. Jonathan received a BS in Informatics and Economics from the University of Michigan and has also produced multiple short films.

Oct 18

JOSEPH DeSIMONE - Carbon

An American chemist, inventor and entrepreneur, he is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Carbon, an American technology company. Carbon’s mission is to reinvent how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware, and material science to deliver industry-leading digital manufacturing solutions.

Nov 8

JOSEPH DeSIMONE - Carbon

An American chemist, inventor and entrepreneur, he is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Carbon, an American technology company. Carbon’s mission is to reinvent how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware, and material science to deliver industry-leading digital manufacturing solutions.

Nov 8

WENDELL BROOKS - Intel Capital

As the senior vice president of Intel Corporation and president of Intel Capital, he is responsible for all areas of strategic growth, including equity investing, M&A, and new business incubation. As a natural extension of his inorganic growth efforts, in 2018 Brooks was asked to lead Intel’s New Technology Group, developing new technologies and businesses internally. He redefined the portfolio to align with the team’s core mission and changed the model to focus on nimble innovation as the Emerging Growth and Incubation Group.

Nov 15

WENDELL BROOKS - Intel Capital

As the senior vice president of Intel Corporation and president of Intel Capital, he is responsible for all areas of strategic growth, including equity investing, M&A, and new business incubation. As a natural extension of his inorganic growth efforts, in 2018 Brooks was asked to lead Intel’s New Technology Group, developing new technologies and businesses internally. He redefined the portfolio to align with the team’s core mission and changed the model to focus on nimble innovation as the Emerging Growth and Incubation Group.

Nov 15

SARA JONES - Boeing HorizonX

A Ross MBA ‘10, was one of the first people named to work on Boeing’s ambitious, future-looking HorizonX organization when it was announced in 2017. Now, her work with the company on creating the next generation of the aerospace industry is getting recognized in the press. Recently listed among the 40 Under 40 in Seattle by the Puget Sound Business Journal for her contributions to the future of business, Jones is a principal strategist for Boeing’s HorizonX and NeXt teams.

Nov 22

SARA JONES - Boeing HorizonX

A Ross MBA ‘10, was one of the first people named to work on Boeing’s ambitious, future-looking HorizonX organization when it was announced in 2017. Now, her work with the company on creating the next generation of the aerospace industry is getting recognized in the press. Recently listed among the 40 Under 40 in Seattle by the Puget Sound Business Journal for her contributions to the future of business, Jones is a principal strategist for Boeing’s HorizonX and NeXt teams.

Nov 22

KELSEY MORGAN - Nex Cubed

A co-Founder and Venture Portfolio Manager of Nex Cubed, a frontier technology investment firm whose target investment areas include artificial intelligence, aerospace and defense, digital healthcare and fintech. Prior to Nex Cubed, she was Managing Director for NextGen Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in DC, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Austin. While at NextGen she launched the NYC office, helped spearhead their first $22 million fund, led investments for NYC and the Bay Area, and built a coalition of 100+ technologists, capital partners, and angel investors who act as venture partners.

Before Nextgen Morgan was a Director at Techstars where she sourced and screened over 40 seed stage investments for the fund and launched three accelerator programs in conjunction with Disney (digital media and entertainment), R/GA (connected devices, IoT), and Kaplan (edtech).

Dec 6

KELSEY MORGAN - Nex Cubed

A co-Founder and Venture Portfolio Manager of Nex Cubed, a frontier technology investment firm whose target investment areas include artificial intelligence, aerospace and defense, digital healthcare and fintech. Prior to Nex Cubed, she was Managing Director for NextGen Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in DC, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Austin. While at NextGen she launched the NYC office, helped spearhead their first $22 million fund, led investments for NYC and the Bay Area, and built a coalition of 100+ technologists, capital partners, and angel investors who act as venture partners.

Before Nextgen Morgan was a Director at Techstars where she sourced and screened over 40 seed stage investments for the fund and launched three accelerator programs in conjunction with Disney (digital media and entertainment), R/GA (connected devices, IoT), and Kaplan (edtech).

Dec 6

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.

407 E-Hour Winter Enrollment

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Posted by U-M Center for Entrepreneurship on Friday, January 18, 2019

Engaging Discussions

After their presentations, the entrepreneur will sit down with Jonathan Fay, Director of CFE, 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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