“We’ve lined up a world-class panel and keynote speaker,” says Rick Mammone, serial inventor, entrepreneur, Rutgers professor of business and engineering and the university’s associate vice president of new ventures.
New Brunswick, N.J. (PRWEB) October 19, 2011
Apple co-founder Steven Wozniak will deliver the keynote address at Rutgers’ third annual Entrepreneurship Day, an event designed to educate, motivate and inspire those interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up ventures.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick, N.J., 08901. While it is free of charge, pre-registration is required through the event’s website, where the agenda is posted. Entrepreneurship Day is open to the general public, with particular appeal to business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, researchers, faculty members, university students and Rutgers alumni. More than 1,000 participants are expected.
“We’ve lined up a world-class panel and keynote speaker,” says Rick Mammone, serial inventor, entrepreneur, Rutgers professor of business and engineering and the university’s associate vice president of new ventures. “Steve Wozniak will describe the emerging maker-space movement, where groups of people are making their own electric cars, wireless devices, robots, and other futuristic products. The maker spaces are ideal for innovating and learning, where entrepreneurs can get help in prototyping their next big idea.”
Participants will be able to…
- Learn how to attract capital to launch their high-tech ventures
- Hear about cutting-edge technologies from New Jersey's top researchers
- See how government is helping small business
- Network with leading investors, technologists and entrepreneurs
- Support innovation in New Jersey
Kim Guadagno, lieutenant governor of New Jersey and leader of the state’s Business Action Center, who will make a special address at 1:15 p.m., said: “It is certainly fitting that Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is hosting an Entrepreneurship Day — fitting and appropriate because innovation in New Jersey is on the move. We have seen about 45,000 private sector jobs created in our state in the last two years. Many of these jobs have been created by entrepreneurs who see New Jersey as an ideal place to start or to expand a business. We expect that to continue. New Jersey’s economic comeback has begun.”
Erich Spangenberg, founder and chairman of IP Navigation Group, will speak at 10:40 a.m. His firm, based in Dallas, recently signed an agreement with Rutgers to launch the novel Disruptive Innovation Fund. IP Navigation Group has committed up to $1 million for faculty and students researchers seeking to develop technologies that address unmet needs with marketplace potential.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., chief scientist at Fusion-IO, and member of the Inventor Hall of Fame for single-handedly designing the world’s first personal computer, will speak at 11:20 a.m.
A panel discussion on “DIY Spaces as a Cradle of Innovation,” from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., will be moderated by Bre Pettis, co-founder of NYC Resistor, which is a popular maker space. Pettis is well-known and appeared last June on The Colbert Report.
The SNR Denton Elevator Pitch Competition, with 10 high-potential early stage technology companies to be pre-selected by a panel of judges, is set for 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. A $2,500 prize will go to the first place-winner which, along with two runners-up, will get one year of no-charge business planning and implementation assistance from the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, located in Newark.
A poster and networking session will run from 2:45 to 4 p.m., at which over 50 inventors, startups and early stage businesses will have an opportunity speak with potential investors, accountants, lawyers and staffing agencies as well as rapid prototyping and contract manufacturers, marketing and distribution experts specializing in early stage companies.
[Editors: If you plan to cover the event, please contact Ed Tate, edward.tate(at)rutgers(dot)edu,
Rick Mammone held the first Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day three years ago to help create an "Innovation Ecosystem" that would drive new business creation in the region supported by Rutgers University. He is an entrepreneur with several start-up companies based on his various patented technologies ranging from medical devices to speech-recognition and explosive- detection devices used in airports. It takes a village to create a new company, Mammone says, and Entrepreneurship Day serves as the gathering in the "town center" of the village. This year's event will to continue to highlight access to early stage capital, which continues to be a strong deterrent to new business creation, as evidenced by the ever decreasing number of small business start-ups over the last decade.
In addition to discovery-based research, Rutgers is increasingly involved in commercialization of research through the transfer of new technologies to industry, contributing to the economic development of New Jersey and the nation. From the discovery of streptomycin — the cure for tuberculosis — to the technology behind Ask.com, Rutgers continues to make a tremendous impact in the commercial world.