Entrepreneurship Summit

Emory Entrepreneurship Summit

April 4-5, 2019

The Goizueta Business School, in conjunction with Emory Entrepeneurship & Venture Managment, Emory Impact Investing Group and the Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Club, proudly presents the 5th Annual Emory Entrepreneurship Summit. 

The Summit is designed to encourage, celebrate, and enhance entrepreneurial endeavors amongst Emory students in all programs, with a particular focus on supporting undergraduate ventures. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of outstanding entrepreneurial alumni, showcase their own ideas through the "Pitch the Summit" Elevator Pitch Competition, and network with others to share best practices and new ideas.

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  • Founders Address Keynote Speakers

    Will Hockey

    Co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid

    William Hockey is the co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid, the technology company providing the tools and access needed for the development of a fully modern, and digitally-enabled financial system. Plaid powers the financial experiences for a quarter of the US population and tens of thousands of developers across North America and Europe. After learning firsthand how difficult it was to build and scale a secure finance software, William and his co-founder Zach Perret started Plaid in 2012, creating a toolkit to encourage an inclusive and competitive ecosystem that drives innovation while protecting consumers’ financial data.

    Plaid has raised over $300M in fundraising at over a $2.5b valuation and has witnessed exponential growth since its founding - today, one in four people in the US with bank accounts use Plaid. Prior to starting Plaid, William studied computer science and business at Emory University and worked as a consultant at Bain.

    David Politis

    Founder, CEO  BetterCloud

    David Politis is the founder and CEO of BetterCloud, the first SaaS Management and Security platform, where he oversees the day-to-day activities of the company and is responsible for the overall product vision and business strategy. Over 2,500 companies in 60+ countries rely on BetterCloud for continuous event monitoring, threat remediation, and fully automated policy enforcement across their digital workplace. With 250+ employees in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco, BetterCloud has raised over $100 million to date from investors including Bain Capital Ventures and Accel. As a pioneer in the cloud services industry, David has vast experience launching and building high growth technology companies and an immense passion for enterprise cloud technology.

    Before founding BetterCloud, David was an early employee of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN]), a preeminent leader in cloud advisory and technology services. As the VP of SMB Solutions, David led Cloud Sherpas to become the leading cloud services partner to small and medium sized businesses worldwide. Prior to Cloud Sherpas, David was the founding employee and General Manager of Vocalocity (acquired by Vonage [NYSE: VG]), which he grew into one of the top providers of cloud PBX technology. As General Manager, David ran day to day operations and led the company’s product strategy.

    David is a native of New York City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Emory University. He has contributed to TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat, Forbes, The New York Times and others.

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 4

    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Arrival and conference check-in

    GBS_130 Hallway

    5:15PM - 6:15PM

    Founders Address:

    Will Hockey (Co-Founder, President and CTO - Plaid)

    David Politis (Founder, CEO - BetterCloud)

    GBS_130

    6:15PM - 7:15PM

    Entrepreneurship Summit Mixer

    Coca-Cola Commons

    Friday, APRIL 5

    9:30AM-10:30AM

    Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel 1

    GBS_208

    10:30AM - 11:30AM

    Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel 2

    GBS_208

    11:45PM - 12:45PM

    Lunch & EIIG Roundtables

    Coke Commons & Jenkins Courtyard

    1:00PM - 2:00PM

     Round 1 Pitching

    GBS_231

    2:00PM - 3:00PM

     Final Round Pitch Judging

    GBS_234

  • As Emory’s only undergraduate impact investing group, Emory Impact Investing Group (EIIG) promotes social impact in the local Atlanta community through targeted short-term debt investments to micro-entrepreneurs. EIIG provides an educational experience for its members by engaging them in all aspects of the entrepreneur selection and lending process, including fundraising, investment analysis, and loan monitoring. 

    Servicing loans of $5-10K at a 5% interest rate, with additional consulting services, the group works to improve the economic vitality of Atlanta by providing much needed capital and credit-building opportunities to local entrepreneurs who may not have access to traditional sources of capital. 

    EIIG is currently working with entrepreneurs in Clarkston, East Lake, and Southside Atlanta communities through the Start:ME accelerator as well as the entrepreneurs in the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), an accelerator formerly run by Mayor Kasim Reed. Through Start:ME and the WEI, EIIG identifies entrepreneurs that are ready to take their businesses to the next level. 

    Emory Entrepreneurship Summit - EIIG Micro-Entrepreneurship Roundtables

    Roundtable Hosts Coming Soon! 

    Find out more about Emory Impact Investing at: www.emoryimpactinvesting.com 

    Read the EIIF Impact Report here

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    Emory Entrepeneurship Summit Alumni Spotlight Speakers will be announced soon - Stay tuned!

  • The objective of the Pitch the Summit competition is to provide Emory undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn how to effectively pitch an idea for a new venture. Winning individuals and teams will receive guidance, financial support, and in-kind contributions in order to move the venture forward.

    An elevator pitch verbally outlines an entrepreneurial concept or idea in a short period of time. Participating individuals or teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to panels of judges, with the most successful pitches advancing through three rounds of competition.

    Please review the competition pages for specific dates, rules, prizes, and other information. There is no cost to participate in the competition; please see the Competition Rules page for additional information about team composition, deliverable guidelines, and other competition rules.

    Register for Pitch Competition

    There is no cost to participate in the competition; please see the Competition Rules page for additional information about team composition, deliverable guidelines, and other competition rules.

    DATES

    First Round Dates

    Teams will have the opportunity to sign up for one 5 minute timeslot to pitch to judges.

    The first round competition dates and times are below:

    March 19, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

    March 21, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

    March 25, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

    March 27, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

    March 29, 2019 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Final Rounds

    The semi-final and final rounds of the Pitch the Summit competition will be held during the Emory Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Founders Address Keynote Speakers

Will Hockey

Co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid

William Hockey is the co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid, the technology company providing the tools and access needed for the development of a fully modern, and digitally-enabled financial system. Plaid powers the financial experiences for a quarter of the US population and tens of thousands of developers across North America and Europe. After learning firsthand how difficult it was to build and scale a secure finance software, William and his co-founder Zach Perret started Plaid in 2012, creating a toolkit to encourage an inclusive and competitive ecosystem that drives innovation while protecting consumers’ financial data.

Plaid has raised over $300M in fundraising at over a $2.5b valuation and has witnessed exponential growth since its founding - today, one in four people in the US with bank accounts use Plaid. Prior to starting Plaid, William studied computer science and business at Emory University and worked as a consultant at Bain.

David Politis

Founder, CEO  BetterCloud

David Politis is the founder and CEO of BetterCloud, the first SaaS Management and Security platform, where he oversees the day-to-day activities of the company and is responsible for the overall product vision and business strategy. Over 2,500 companies in 60+ countries rely on BetterCloud for continuous event monitoring, threat remediation, and fully automated policy enforcement across their digital workplace. With 250+ employees in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco, BetterCloud has raised over $100 million to date from investors including Bain Capital Ventures and Accel. As a pioneer in the cloud services industry, David has vast experience launching and building high growth technology companies and an immense passion for enterprise cloud technology.

Before founding BetterCloud, David was an early employee of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN]), a preeminent leader in cloud advisory and technology services. As the VP of SMB Solutions, David led Cloud Sherpas to become the leading cloud services partner to small and medium sized businesses worldwide. Prior to Cloud Sherpas, David was the founding employee and General Manager of Vocalocity (acquired by Vonage [NYSE: VG]), which he grew into one of the top providers of cloud PBX technology. As General Manager, David ran day to day operations and led the company’s product strategy.

David is a native of New York City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Emory University. He has contributed to TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat, Forbes, The New York Times and others.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Arrival and conference check-in

GBS_130 Hallway

5:15PM - 6:15PM

Founders Address:

Will Hockey (Co-Founder, President and CTO - Plaid)

David Politis (Founder, CEO - BetterCloud)

GBS_130

6:15PM - 7:15PM

Entrepreneurship Summit Mixer

Coca-Cola Commons

Friday, APRIL 5

9:30AM-10:30AM

Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel 1

GBS_208

10:30AM - 11:30AM

Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel 2

GBS_208

11:45PM - 12:45PM

Lunch & EIIG Roundtables

Coke Commons & Jenkins Courtyard

1:00PM - 2:00PM

 Round 1 Pitching

GBS_231

2:00PM - 3:00PM

 Final Round Pitch Judging

GBS_234

As Emory’s only undergraduate impact investing group, Emory Impact Investing Group (EIIG) promotes social impact in the local Atlanta community through targeted short-term debt investments to micro-entrepreneurs. EIIG provides an educational experience for its members by engaging them in all aspects of the entrepreneur selection and lending process, including fundraising, investment analysis, and loan monitoring. 

Servicing loans of $5-10K at a 5% interest rate, with additional consulting services, the group works to improve the economic vitality of Atlanta by providing much needed capital and credit-building opportunities to local entrepreneurs who may not have access to traditional sources of capital. 

EIIG is currently working with entrepreneurs in Clarkston, East Lake, and Southside Atlanta communities through the Start:ME accelerator as well as the entrepreneurs in the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), an accelerator formerly run by Mayor Kasim Reed. Through Start:ME and the WEI, EIIG identifies entrepreneurs that are ready to take their businesses to the next level. 

Emory Entrepreneurship Summit - EIIG Micro-Entrepreneurship Roundtables

Roundtable Hosts Coming Soon! 

Find out more about Emory Impact Investing at: www.emoryimpactinvesting.com 

Read the EIIF Impact Report here

 

Emory Entrepeneurship Summit Alumni Spotlight Speakers will be announced soon - Stay tuned!

The objective of the Pitch the Summit competition is to provide Emory undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn how to effectively pitch an idea for a new venture. Winning individuals and teams will receive guidance, financial support, and in-kind contributions in order to move the venture forward.

An elevator pitch verbally outlines an entrepreneurial concept or idea in a short period of time. Participating individuals or teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to panels of judges, with the most successful pitches advancing through three rounds of competition.

Please review the competition pages for specific dates, rules, prizes, and other information. There is no cost to participate in the competition; please see the Competition Rules page for additional information about team composition, deliverable guidelines, and other competition rules.

Register for Pitch Competition

There is no cost to participate in the competition; please see the Competition Rules page for additional information about team composition, deliverable guidelines, and other competition rules.

DATES

First Round Dates

Teams will have the opportunity to sign up for one 5 minute timeslot to pitch to judges.

The first round competition dates and times are below:

March 19, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

March 21, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

March 25, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

March 27, 2019 - 5:15PM – 6:15PM

March 29, 2019 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Final Rounds

The semi-final and final rounds of the Pitch the Summit competition will be held during the Emory Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday, April 5, 2019.

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If you're interested in speaking, sponsoring, judging, participating, or finding another way to get involved with the Summit, let us know!

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  • The Katz Family

Map & Directions

The Summit will take place on campus at Emory University, with speakers and sessions held at Goizueta Business School. The opening keynote will be held in the Goizueta Business School Auditorium GBS 130 (on the first floor Goizueta Business School).

 

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Pitch The Summit Competition Rules

An elevator pitch verbally outlines an entrepreneurial concept or idea in a short period of time. It is typically three minutes in duration, which is symbolic of the amount of time one would have on an elevator ride to capture the attention of a potential investor in the concept. Paradoxically, it takes a lot longer to outline an idea that is not clearly formulated and thought-through than it does to present one about which you have a deep understanding. Thus, a successful elevator pitch requires significant prior thought and research and culminates in the ability to clearly and succinctly highlight the most compelling aspects of a proposed venture.

KEY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED

In preparing a pitch, teams or individuals should answer the following questions based on research and data, not opinions:

  •  What is the product or service?
  • What need does it address?
  • How can you prove this need?   What have you learned via customer discovery ?
  • How do your product or service/attributes match to the needs of your target market?
  • Who are your key competitors in the marketplace?
  • What is your competitive advantage/secret sauce?
  • What is your business model/How will your business make money?
  • What scalable or growth opportunities exist for the enterprise?

How much startup capital do you need and what are your revenue projections? If relevant, what have you achieved already?

DELIVERABLES

  1. Executive Summary or Business Model Canvas (your choice)

This must be provided concurrent with your first round pitch and for those who advance, will be provided to the judges prior to the final round Business Pitch.  

  1. Business Pitch

A three minute pitch of a concept or idea. While the oral presentation may involve the use of slides, props, or other visual material, it should stand on its own without a written business plan. Unlike a business plan competition, an elevator pitch allows students to bring concepts forward based on raw potential and momentum with the understanding that operational and logistics details may not yet be determined.

  1. (Optional) Prototype/Website/Sales Data

While an actual business entity is not required to pitch, the most successful competitors in the past have some initial traction in the form of a working product or service, a user base, early revenue, or some other proof-of-concept.

TEAM GUIDELINES

Participating individuals or teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to panels of judges, with the most successful pitches advancing through three rounds of competition. Winning teams will receive resources to develop a business plan and prototype and to move forward towards implementation

Pitch the Summit is an opportunity designed to benefit Emory University students. The lead presenter(s) and envisioned founder(s) of the venture must be enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate division of the University.

In the case of a group pitch, the majority of venture founding members must be enrolled students in Emory University. Additional team members may be drawn from the community or affiliated with other universities.  There are no restrictions in terms of resources and connections. Pitching teams may draw upon expertise, advisors or other assistance from any source.

Each team will be limited to one entry in the competition. Individuals can only be members of one team.  Teams cannot add additional members between competition rounds.

FORMAT

PROCESS

FORMAT

An individual or group of individuals may pitch. While there is no minimum or maximum team size, it should be noted that it is difficult for a large group of people to deliver an elevator pitch. Teams that consisted of both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to participate.

 In all rounds, each pitch will be allotted a maximum of five (5) minutes with the judges. Three (3) minutes to pitch their idea or concept and two (2) minutes for Q&A with the judges. Teams will not be able to change their overall concept or idea between rounds. Teams can modify their presentation and practice to polish their delivery, but the fundamental concept or idea must remain the same throughout the competition.

 Teams will be able to use PowerPoint, visual aids, props, or other items during their pitch.

 COMPETITION ROUNDS

FIRST ROUND

Each team will sign up for one 15 minute timeslot for their pitch.  First rounds will occur between February 27th and March 29th.  Sign-ups will be first come, first served. First round judging will be done by a panel largely consisting of MBA candidates from the Goizueta Business School.

Teams selected to advance to the semi-final round will be eligible to participate in a coaching session with a Business Communication Coach at Goizueta Business School. The focus of the session will be on style and approach, not on the content of the venture itself. Coaching sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. Teams may sign up for coaching on a first come, first served basis.

 Note:  the Winner of the Siperstein Business Plan Competition may bypass first round judging and automatically advance to the semi-final round of the Pitch the Summit competition.

 SEMI-FINAL ROUND

The teams with the highest total scores from the first round will be invited to present on the afternoon of Friday, April 5th. The pitch format will remain the same as the first round. Judging will occur in two classrooms concurrently. The panel of judges will consist of Emory Alumni Entrepreneurs

 FINAL ROUND

The teams with the highest scores from each semi-final room will advance to the final round. The pitch format will remain the same as in previous rounds. All teams will be present for the entirety of the round and will be able to watch the other finalists' pitches. After all pitches are complete, there will be a short break for judging deliberations.  Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.  The judges’ determination will be final.

PRIZES

Winning individuals and teams will receive guidance, financial support, and in-kind contributions in order to move the venture forward.

There will be $8,500 in cash prizes distributed to the top three teams to enable them to move forward with their concept. The cash prizes listed below are for the entire team, not for individual team members.  Prizes will be allocated as follows:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $2,500

Third Place: $1,000

The top team will also be awarded a seat for a (choice of) summer or semester at Atlanta Tech Village.  Multiple finalist teams may receive offers of mentorship and guidance from the alumni panel. 

CONFIDENTIALITY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

CONFIDENTIALITY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Confidentiality is not guaranteed. If a team wishes to keep elements of their concept or idea confidential, the team should not include that information in the pitch. There is no way for Emory Entrepreneurship Summit or its organizers to enforce a prohibition against other competitors, audience members or judges who see or hear a pitch from sharing the concept, idea, and/or materials with others.

By participating in the Pitch the Summit Competition, competitors agree that Emory University, Goizueta Business School and all related parties assume no liability and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a competitor as part of a submission or otherwise during the competition.  Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) between a competitor and the judges and/or audience members will not be required or allowed.