University of Michigan's Annual Entrepalooza Symposium to Feature Keynote Address from BBC Anchor and Best-Selling Author Katty Kay

Free Event to Highlight Opportunities for the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Aug 25, 2015, 08:30 ET from Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is joining forces with entrepreneurship programs across the University to host the annual entrepreneurial symposium, Entrepalooza, on Friday, September 25 at the Michigan League, located at 911 N. University Ave. in Ann Arbor, Mich. This year's symposium, "Entrepreneurship through a Kaleidoscope," will explore how diversity in teams, ideas and backgrounds can empower an entrepreneurial journey. Katherine "Katty" Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America and co-author of The Confidence Code, will deliver the keynote and offer insight into what it takes to create and inspire the confidence needed to take the risks involved in entrepreneurship.

The annual university-wide event brings together entrepreneurial leaders to share their insights and experiences with students from many areas of study, alumni, faculty and members of the broader business community. This year's program is designed to celebrate and explore the ways diversity takes shape in entrepreneurship through TED Talk-style insights from entrepreneurs who are empowering the underrepresented, transforming social climates and exploring new industries. It is co-hosted by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health's Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship program, the School of Information's Entrepreneurship Program, the School of Music Theatre and Dance's EXCEL Program, and Innovate Blue, the University's campus-wide entrepreneurship initiative.

TED Talk Speakers Share Secrets of Success with Budding Entrepreneurs
Following Kay's keynote address at 9:00 a.m., the half-day symposium will continue with a series of TED Talk-style sessions from a selection of Michigan's most successful entrepreneurs. Following a "un-conference" format, each speaker will encourage an interactive session, focusing on areas including angel investing, food and sustainability entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurship. Aaron Dworkin, dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance and founder of the Sphinx Organization, a national arts organization that focuses on youth and minority involvement in classical music, will kick off this portion of the program. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Nate Aschenbach, co-founder, GameStart,
  • Justin DeLay, CMO and co-founder, Tempo IQ, BBA '05, MSI '12
  • Jill Ford, special advisor to Mike Duggan, head of innovation and entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
  • Mary Lemmer, CEO and co-founder, Scape, BBA '10
  • Lisa McLaughlin, CEO and co-founder, Workit Health, MSI, MSW '08
  • Dawn White, CTO, co-founder and president, Accio Energy 

For more information or to register to attend the event, please visit To receive event updates or share your thoughts from the symposium, use hashtag #epalooza on Twitter.

About the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Institute and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance bring together a potent mix of knowledge, experience and opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investments. The student learning experience is further enhanced through internships, entrepreneurial clubs and events that serve to provide viable networks and engage the business community. The School's three student-led investment funds, with over $6.5M under management, immerse students in the business assessment and investment process. Founding Board Members include Samuel Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Eugene Applebaum, Founder of Arbor Drugs, Inc. For more information, visit the Institute at

About Michigan Ross
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

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