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A conversation with community entrepreneurs


Great ideas, or great businesses, aren’t developed in a vacuum. The Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development is hosting – Innovation, Imagination, Introductions: A Conversation with Community Entrepreneurs – Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m. in the Student Life Center.

Students will have the opportunity to mingle with entrepreneurs in the Nashville community and hear about their successes and challenges.

Vanderbilt alumni Steve Berneman, co-founder, and Thomas Bernstein, VP of product, of the local start-up OverDog will provide the keynote talk.

Doug Schmidt

Professor of Computer Science Doug Schmidt will discuss the school’s technology entrepreneurship task force and its progress. The charter identifies partnership opportunities between students, faculty and entrepreneurs and helps promote a startup ecosystem on campus.

After the presentations, students will connect with business leaders from across industries in small groups and have their start-up questions answered.

Participating companies include Checkd.in, Emma, Everly, Jumpstart Foundry, LeanKit, Moontoast, NextGxDx, OverDog, PatientFocus, Rustici Software and Splitsecnd.

The event is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering, Center for Student Professional Development, Development and Alumni Relations and the Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society.

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