Trinity invited to Harvard conference

JUSTIN FORTIER  ’18
NEWS EDITOR
This October, Harvard Ventures, a student run club focused on entrepreneurialism and the start-up process is hosting its inaugural Harvard Illuminate Conference, to shed light on the process of innovation.  The Trinity College Entrepreneurs’ Association was one of the first groups invited, and will be attending on Oct. 3. According to the TCEA Club Secretary Kelsey Baradzi ’18, “the Entrepreneur’s Association is still accepting new members, and will work to accommodate all those interested in attending the event, regardless of current club membership.” The one-day conference will include discussions on social entrepreneurship, start-ups, consulting, advertising, branding, and marketing as well as innovation in finance.  The panels are comprised of entrepreneurs, CEO’s, venture capitalists and experts across all fields of the start-up industry. Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Pandora, the Internet radio company, Tim Westergren, is one of the notable speakers in the lineup of the 25 plus leaders scheduled to share their experience and insight at the conference.  In addition to the keynote talks and discussions, there will be opportunities to network with the businesses, share resumes and most importantly, meet other driven students and future entrepreneurs from other colleges.  This is an unprecedented collection of students focused on entrepreneurship on the east coast and will most likely be a gateway for students to be selected for the Winter Xcelerate, Harvard Venture’s weeklong start-u incubator.
“It is a truly unique and exiting opportunity for Trinity students to get involved and interact with these incredible resources,” Baradzi said, “This is the first year of the conference, so we have the opportunity to make a great impression for Trinity with leaders in the start up field.”  Despite being only the first year of the conference, Harvard has managed to procure a top-notch lineup, and promises to deliver an even bigger set of names in years to come.  All interested students should contact Kelsey Baradzi at his Trinity email to get involved.

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