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UMD Entrepreneurship Conference 2019
The fifth annual UMD Entrepreneurship Conference brings together Twin Ports students, educators, entrepreneurs and innovators. Conference goers will hear from national, local and regional entrepreneurs. The UMD Conference is student run and is an initiative of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.
9 to 10 a.m. – Check-in and registration
10 to 10:05 a.m. – Chancellor Lendley Black welcome
10:05 to 11 a.m. – Tim White
Former engineer for Kohler Company, White built and managed an entrepreneural business within Kohler. He is the business development and intellectual property manager for the NRRI.
11 a.m. – Emily Vikre
Vikre is co-founder and president of Vikre Distillery, which opened in 2013 and incorporates Lake Superior water, culinary creativity and a passionate stewardship of resources to create spirits. Vikre provides leadership and strategic direction and leads product development, public relations and brand management.
Noon – Lunch and networking event
1 p.m. – Dr. Stephen Betz
Dr. Betz has dedicated his career to the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals. He is co-founder and vice president of biology for Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company in San Diego that focuses on the discovery and clinical development of novel therapeutics for patients with rare endocrine diseases and endocrine-related cancers.
2 p.m. – Joe Laresca
Laresca is an entrepreneur from New York City. He founded Noise, a tech-enabled entertainment marketing company that works with influencers, artists, celebrities and companies to rapidly grow their brands.
3 p.m. – Regent Ken Powell
Powell is the former chair and chief executive officer of General Mills, where he served in a variety of positions since 1979. He serves on the boards of directors for Medtronic, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and partners in Food Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping start-up food companies in Africa.
4 p.m. – Brewery Panel: Bent Paddle, Castle Danger, Hoops and Ursa Minor
The conference is free for UMD students, faculty, and staff, $20 for the general public, and $15 for UMD alumni.
Visit umdconference.com to register.