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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

INDER SINGH - Kinsa

Inder Singh is the founder and CEO of Kinsa, a public health company using digital technology to curb the spread of infectious illness. Aggregating population health insights from its network of smart thermometers, Kinsa has created an early warning system shown to predict the flu 12-20 weeks in advance, and shown to be an early indicator of COVID-19 outbreaks, predicting hotspots nearly 3 weeks before hospitalizations and deaths.

Sept 11

INDER SINGH - Kinsa

Inder Singh is the founder and CEO of Kinsa, a public health company using digital technology to curb the spread of infectious illness. Aggregating population health insights from its network of smart thermometers, Kinsa has created an early warning system shown to predict the flu 12-20 weeks in advance, and shown to be an early indicator of COVID-19 outbreaks, predicting hotspots nearly 3 weeks before hospitalizations and deaths.

Sept 11

MONICA WHEAT - Venture Catalysts

Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, Investor, and Venture Developer. Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, a non-profit venture, and ecosystem development group focused on investor/founder education, an innovation hub, and large-scale entrepreneurial initiatives for over 40,000 attendees.

Sept 18

MONICA WHEAT - Venture Catalysts

Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, Investor, and Venture Developer. Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, a non-profit venture, and ecosystem development group focused on investor/founder education, an innovation hub, and large-scale entrepreneurial initiatives for over 40,000 attendees.

Sept 18

NAV SOOCH - Silicon Labs

Mr. Sooch co-founded Silicon Labs in August 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board since its inception. Mr. Sooch served as Chief Executive Officer through the end of fiscal 2003 and served as interim
Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 to September 2005. From March 1985 until founding Silicon Labs, Mr. Sooch held various positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, a designer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, including Vice President of Engineering.

Oct 2

NAV SOOCH - Silicon Labs

Mr. Sooch co-founded Silicon Labs in August 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board since its inception. Mr. Sooch served as Chief Executive Officer through the end of fiscal 2003 and served as interim
Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 to September 2005. From March 1985 until founding Silicon Labs, Mr. Sooch held various positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, a designer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, including Vice President of Engineering.

Oct 2

JONATHAN GOLDEN - NEA

Jonathan Golden is a Partner at NEA, where he focuses on consumer, marketplace and bottoms-up SaaS investments.Before joining NEA, Jonathan was Director of Product at Airbnb, where he helped the company scale 100x over six years. As the company’s first product manager, he was instrumental in building out significant parts of the product in the early days, including creating host insurance, launching the platform internationally, and founding and leading the monetization, payments and Airbnb for Work teams.

Oct 23

JONATHAN GOLDEN - NEA

Jonathan Golden is a Partner at NEA, where he focuses on consumer, marketplace and bottoms-up SaaS investments.Before joining NEA, Jonathan was Director of Product at Airbnb, where he helped the company scale 100x over six years. As the company’s first product manager, he was instrumental in building out significant parts of the product in the early days, including creating host insurance, launching the platform internationally, and founding and leading the monetization, payments and Airbnb for Work teams.

Oct 23

MITCHELL ROHDE - Quantum Signal AI

Dr. Mitch Rohde is the CEO and co-founder of Quantum Signal AI (QSAI), an advanced math-based engineering R&D company headquartered in Saline, Michigan.  Under Mitch’s leadership, the company has been building and delivering solutions leveraging intelligent algorithms for two decades, including extensive work in autonomous and robotic vehicle technology, systems, and tools.  In 2019 QSAI was acquired by Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, and he now continues to manage the organization albeit with a new dedicated focus on building the future of transportation.  

Nov 20

MITCHELL ROHDE - Quantum Signal AI

Dr. Mitch Rohde is the CEO and co-founder of Quantum Signal AI (QSAI), an advanced math-based engineering R&D company headquartered in Saline, Michigan.  Under Mitch’s leadership, the company has been building and delivering solutions leveraging intelligent algorithms for two decades, including extensive work in autonomous and robotic vehicle technology, systems, and tools.  In 2019 QSAI was acquired by Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, and he now continues to manage the organization albeit with a new dedicated focus on building the future of transportation.  

Nov 20

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 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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