Chalk up another successful semester for the Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program at the Weinert Center! Now in its sixth year, the program brings accomplished entrepreneurs to Grainger Hall every Wednesday to share their stories with undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines alike.
This semester we heard from ten entrepreneurs involved in food, product design, marketing, wellness, and technology, to name a few! Even though there is great diversity in the end-market these entrepreneurs serve, students gain valuable insight from hearing all about their journeys. These distinguished entrepreneurs did a great job providing advice to students and, as usual, were happy to answer questions. We also hosted some early-stage investment firms who were able to shed light on what they look for when funding early-stage ventures.
Featured entrepreneurs for the Fall 2018 semester included:
Wednesday, September 12: Sam Rockwell, Justin Samuels and WaffleWaffle team
Wednesday, September 19: Todd Muderlak, Xela Innovations
Wednesday, September 26: Imran Aziz, Mavengo
Wednesday, October 10: Dale Nitschke, Ovative/group
Wednesday, October 17: Reena Vokoun, Passion Fit
Wednesday, October 24: Kevin Kraft, Wisconsin River Partners
Wednesday, October 31: Janet Loewi, Wisconsin Investment Partners
Wednesday, November 7: Max Fergus, Live Undiscovered Music
Wednesday, November 14: Mike Dowdle, Circadian Group
Wednesday, November 28: Ben Leff, Pluvio
The Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program is open to students from all disciplines across campus. We are grateful for all of our featured entrepreneurs who volunteered to talk to our students.
Listed below is our terrific lineup for the Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program in the Spring 2019 semester.
Wednesday, January 30: Ian Gurfield, Ian’s Pizza
Wednesday, February 6: Nic Mink, Sitka Salmon Shares
Wednesday, February 13: Frank Jimenez & Cindy Poiesz, Evolve Brands
Wednesday, February 20: Ane Ohm, LeaseCrunch
Wednesday, February 27: Hyunjun Park, CATALOG
Wednesday, March 6: Andrew Foster, FreshFin
Wednesday, March 27: Charlie Goff, NEW Capital Fund LP
Wednesday, April 3: Rachel Neill, Carex Consulting Group
Wednesday, April 10: John Ryan, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital
Wednesday, April 17: Scott Forester, Punchkick Interactive
We graciously thank Neider & Boucher, S.C. for their sponsorship and support of the Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program!