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Hundreds of budding entrepreneurs and business leaders to attend May 8 conference

EVANSTON, Ill. --- founder Gary Kremen and Adaptly co-founder Nikhil Sethi -- both Northwestern University alumni -- will share their stories as successful entrepreneurs at Northwestern’s third annual Entrepreneur@NU conference to be held Wednesday, May 8.

The popular entrepreneurship conference, this year with the theme “Pivot to Success,”

will bring together hundreds of business leaders and budding entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur@NU’s goal is to connect and facilitate the growth of the startup ecosystem in Chicago, both for university and non-university entrepreneurs.

Hosted by Northwestern’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. 

The event is open to the public, but advance registration is requested.

Kremen will deliver his keynote speech from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, executive and investor with more than 25 years of experience with emerging growth companies and developing information technology. In addition to, Kremen founded the consumer finance business Clean Power Finance and other companies.

Sethi will deliver his remarks from 1 to 1:45 p.m. He co-founded Adaptly, a service that allows businesses to buy ads simultaneously on multiple social network ad platforms. Sethi and his partner first conceived of the idea for Adaptly in Northwestern’s NUvention: Web course.

In addition to the Northwestern Venture Challenge -- where startups compete for a cash prize -- the event will include panels on topics related to starting a business and the business model canvas. Among these topics are developing customer relationships, building key partnerships and identifying one’s customer segment. Participants may also sign up for free legal and career management clinics as well as lunch with venture capitalists.

In addition to the Farley Center, other sponsors of Entrepreneur@NU include multiple departments across the University interested in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

For general information or to register, visit their website.

This article was written by Sarah Ostman, content specialist at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.


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