Hundreds of Dartmouth entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students, and recent graduates will gather in San Francisco for the Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum 2014 on September 5 for networking, discussions with top Dartmouth tech and venture capital leaders, and a competition featuring early-stage Dartmouth startups vying for more than $30,000 in seed money prizes.
Chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees Bill Helman '80, of Greylock Partners, an investor in many startups, will address the gathering.
Trip Davis '90, executive director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, will update the crowd on the new DEN Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator at the College, and Dartmouth tech leaders from companies including Amazon, Salesforce.com, and New Relic will host discussions and join in the networking opportunities.
"We have a dynamite roster of talented and accomplished Dartmouth alumni entrepreneurs, tech execs, and investors speaking at the forum," says Jeff Crowe '78, managing partner of Norwest Venture Partners and an organizer of the event.
The gathering reflects how deeply the Dartmouth community is involved in the entrepreneurial world, says Crowe.
"It is emblematic of President Hanlon’s heightened focus on experiential learning through student entrepreneurship and innovation,” he says. “Dartmouth students are natural entrepreneurs, and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum is a giant proof point of the innovative energy that they carry in Hanover, in Silicon Valley, and around the world.”
“This event epitomizes the entrepreneurial nature of Dartmouth alumni, such as Jeff Crowe and others,” says Jamie Coughlin, director of New Venture Incubator Programs and the DEN Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator. “They recognized a market need, assembled resources, and are now delivering the premier event for the rapidly growing West Coast DEN community.”
Coughlin says the strength of the DEN (Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network) community lies in its depth and breath.
"Because of the success of Entrepreneurs Forum, our efforts now reach coast to coast, include a network of 50,000 individuals, and further bring a spotlight to Dartmouth entrepreneurs. We are honored to co-organize this event and work along with entrepreneurial leaders such as Jeff Crowe and his team,” he says.
The all-day event was organized in collaboration with DEN, Dartmouth Club of Greater San Francisco, and Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley, and will be held at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay Conference Center.