So you want to be an entrepreneur? For many, that question automatically translates to: “So you want to start a business?” To help people think about entrepreneurship in broader terms, Rensselaer’s Office of Entrepreneurship will kick off its Fall 2009 New Horizons Speaker Series. The monthly lecture features successful entrepreneurs and business, patent, and legal experts, among others, along with Rob Chernow, vice provost for entrepreneurship at Rensselaer.
“We recognize that not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
However, in today’s world, it has become important for most everyone to be able to think like one.”
“The lecture series is intended to open up new opportunities for anyone with an innovation or idea whether it’s social, cultural, scientific, commercial, or technological,” Chernow said.
Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community are encouraged to attend the speaker series. All programs will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 324.
The Oct. 13 lecture, titled “Surviving in the Shark Tank: Lessons Learned,” will feature Jason Angel ’96, president and chief operating officer of WiFiciency, a holding company that develops, acquires, and manages leading software solutions for specialty medical practices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Angel recently appeared on a national television program, Shark Tank, a program that features aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their breakthrough business ideas to business moguls in hopes of landing investment funds. His lecture is the first of three lectures planned for fall 2009.
The Nov. 11 lecture is titled “Merging Yesterday and Today: A Success Story in Technology, Speed, and Convenience.” The program will feature Mimeo CEO John Delbridge ’91 and Chief Technology Officer David Uyttendaele ’91. The company is an innovator in the field of online, on-demand document printing and distribution.
The final lecture, to be held on Dec. 2, is titled “A Panel Discussion on Managing Your New Ideas & Intellectual Property.” Participants include George Jakobsche ’74, patent attorney from the firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP; Charles Carletta, general counsel for Rensselaer; and Ron Kudla, executive director, intellectual property and technology transfer at Rensselaer.
“Our new model for entrepreneurship at Rensselaer is a way to think, a way to learn, and a way to succeed in any new venture,” Chernow said. “We recognize that not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. However, in today’s world, it has become important for most everyone to be able to think like one.”
For more information about the speaker series and other Office of Entrepreneurship programs, visit: www.eship.rpi.edu.