Emory Entrepreneurship Summit

Emory Entrepreneurship Summit

April 5-6, 2018

The Goizueta Business School, in conjunction with Emory Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (E-Cubed), proudly presents the 4th 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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  • Jim Lanzone

    Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive.
    Jim LanzoneAs Chief Digital Officer, Lanzone oversees all digital matters at CBS Corporation and ensures that the company has a unified and innovative digital media strategy across its many divisions. This includes the cultivation and growth of new and existing digital streaming services, helping to shape where and how CBS's industry-leading content is consumed and distributed and exploring the potential of new platforms in the development of the next generation of premium content.

    Lanzone is also the Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive. Since joining CBS Interactive in 2011, Lanzone has continually led the division to record financial and audience growth while playing an integral role in CBS's overall multi-platform digital strategy. Under Lanzone's leadership, CBS Interactive's audience has more than doubled, making it a perennial top 10 Internet property and the largest digital premium-content group in the world. Lanzone has modernized content creation, distribution and monetization efforts across CBS Interactive's 25+ brands that span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming and consistently launched industry-leading products such as the CBS All Access subscription service and the 24/7 digital news network CBSN. CBS Interactive brands include CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CNET, GameSpot and TVGuide.com.

    Lanzone joined CBS Interactive from Clicker Media Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer; which was acquired by CBS in 2011. Prior to Clicker, Lanzone was the CEO of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves), a top 10 global web property and leading search engine acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2005.

    Lanzone holds a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D./M.B.A. from Emory University.
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 5

    Time Event Location
    5:00-5:30pm Arrival & conference check-in GBS 130
    5:30-6:30pm Opening Keynote: Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive GBS 130

    Friday, APRIL 6

    Time Event Location
    9:30AM - 10:15AM Micro-Entrepreneurship Panel - Featuring Emory Impact Investment funded entrepreneurs GBS 208
    10:30AM - 12:30PM Alumni Spotlight Sessions GBS 208
    12:30PM - 1:15PM Lunch/Meet & Greet  GFC W525
    1:30PM - 2:30PM Purpose Narrative Workshop - Facilitated by Eric Koester  GBS 234
    2:30PM - 3:15PM Round 1 Pitch Judging GBS 231
    3:15PM - 4:00PM Final Round Pitch Judging GBS 231
  • 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 Panelists

    Nicole Massiah

    Krumbz Bakery (Facebook)
    Nicole-2.jpgNicole Massiah was EIIG’s first loan recipient. She started Krumbz Bakery, a bakery in Atlanta, after making her own wedding cake, and her business has been flourishing ever since. Krumbz is dedicated to providing desserts, including custom cakes and cake truffles, that are extraordinary in taste and looks.

    Eden Fesshazion

    Eden Fesshazion, LLC
    Eden.pngEden Fesshazion runs an Atlanta based law firm that specializes in immigration, family law, personal injury. She has made great strides not only in expanding her business, but reaching out to and helping various clientele.

    Doris Mukang

    Johari Africa Enterprise (Facebook)
    Doris.pngJohari Africa Enterprise employs African refugee women to produce traditional African clothing and accessories, which are sold primarily through markets and tradeshows.

    Akissi Stokes

    WUNDERgrubs (Facebook)
    AkissiWUNDERgrubs is leading a sustainable food revolution by using protein-rich mealworms as a primary ingredient in its cookies and baked treats.

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

    Read the EIIF Impact Report here

  • Andrew Berman

    Former Founder, COO & Board Member of Nanit
    Andy-Headshot.jpgAndrew is an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to VC backed companies. Previously, Andrew co-founded and served as COO and Board Member of Nanit, a VC backed computer vision and artificial intelligence company whose first product is a smart baby monitor. Prior to this, Andrew worked as a Venture Capitalist at Norwest Venture Partners and a technology investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

    Andrew holds a BBA from Goizueta Business School and a MBA from the Wharton School.

    Brandon Fishman

    CEO of Internet Marketing Inc and CEO of Vitacup
    brandon-fishman.pngBrandon Fishman has over 10 years of experience in the online marketing and advertising industry. He has co-founded 5 Internet Companies and currently serves as the CEO of Internet Marketing Inc and CEO of Vitacup. He started IMI in 2007 and grew it to 100 employees and 30 million in annual revenue. He launched Vitacup in 2017 and in only 5 short months grew the company to over $1 million a month in revenue. He raised $11 million in financing in year 1.

    Brandon received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Emory University, his Masters degree in Real Estate from the University of San Diego and spent time studying at The London School of Economics. Brandon is heavily involved in his community and works closely to help several charities working with Breast Cancer and the San Diego Food Bank.

    David Gaspar

    Managing Director at DDG
    David Gaspar.jpgDavid Gaspar is a Managing Director at DDG where he advises clients on digital monetization strategies across a broad range of industry verticals including technology, publishing, new media and financial services.

    David developed DDG's proprietary REV-ID process, which identifies and enables the business transformation concepts that drive digital revenue growth. Through REV-ID, David has generated trend insights, identified future market opportunities and led the implementation of digital transformation initiatives for many clients including IBM, Citibank, DailyCandy & The Economist.
    David has served as interim C-level positions for his clients including, CMO of DailyCandy, CMO of EconomistEducation and CFO of IBM’s marketing innovation Studio; a center of excellence for digital innovation throughout IBM’s business units.

    Bringing his unique skills and perspective to The Economist’s first major brand extension in a quarter century, he took a lead role in identifying and implementing Economist Education, a new business that puts The Economist brand squarely into the rapidly growing e-learning marketplace for international business executives.

    David is a business visionary who developed his keen business and financial competencies advising clients on a range of financial transactions in the investment banking division of Jefferies & Company, and then as an M&A and business strategy specialist at GE Capital. Prior to joining DDG, he was the COO and CFO for Hitviews.com, where he developed a deep understanding of digital monetization strategies and the business side of social media, in addition to running all financial, legal and operational aspects of the business. David is the President of Bespoke Ideation.

    David and Jessica Mandelbaum

    Co-Founders of PANATEA
    David-and-Jess.jpgDavid and Jess are the co-founders of PANATEA, today's premiere health and lifestyle-driven matcha green tea company. They are responsible for bringing matcha to the forefront of popular culture and making PANATEA a "pioneer of the matcha movement"(according to Bloomberg). Their Direct-To-Consumer business delivers matcha products to customers in every state and abroad, while their Food Service distribution business provides matcha to over 450 cafe/restaurant doors across the country. The company has been featured everywhere from The Today Show, to Hypebeast, to Forbes
    David spearheads all aspects of brand, marketing, partnerships, social, sales and innovation R&D. Jess keeps the engine churning by overseeing all operations, accounting, HR and innovation logistics. Oh and they're married! The two met Freshman year at Emory, graduated with BBA's from Goizueta Business School and have been together since! In June 2017, they welcomed Lake Isabelle Mandelbaum (future class of 2039 and greatest achievement yet) into the world. They reside in Manhattan. 

    Nathan Meeks

    Co-Founder & CEO at Gigzolo
    nathan_meeks.jpgGigzolo helps event producers book handpicked, professional-grade entertainment for live experiences. Launched in early 2015, Gigzolo has booked artists for events with Airbnb, Kate Spade, and Target among others.

    Joshua Sigel

    COO of Innit
    JoshSigel.jpgAn internationally-recognized thought leader and innovator in the food technology, retail food, and consumer products distribution industries, Josh currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Innit, an “Eating Technology” company where he leads the company development of the world’s first platform for the connected kitchen.  With over 15 years of senior level technology and operations leadership experience, Josh has worked with some of the nation’s largest retailers and distributors leading transformational technology initiatives. He is passionate about the future of the connected kitchen and also serves as an advisor and investor in a number of food and food technology start-ups. He believes continued innovation in this space will help people eat and live better.
  • 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 15 minute timeslot to pitch to judges.

    The first round competition dates and times are below.

    • Preliminary Round 1: 3/8 (Thursday) – 5:30pm  - 7:30pm
    • Preliminary Round 2: 3/22 (Thursday) – 5:30pm -7:30pm
    • Preliminary Round 3: 3/23 (Friday) – 12pm – 4:00pm
    • Preliminary Round 4: 3/24 (Saturday) - 11am - 1pm
    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 6, 2018.

Jim Lanzone

Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive.
Jim LanzoneAs Chief Digital Officer, Lanzone oversees all digital matters at CBS Corporation and ensures that the company has a unified and innovative digital media strategy across its many divisions. This includes the cultivation and growth of new and existing digital streaming services, helping to shape where and how CBS's industry-leading content is consumed and distributed and exploring the potential of new platforms in the development of the next generation of premium content.

Lanzone is also the Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive. Since joining CBS Interactive in 2011, Lanzone has continually led the division to record financial and audience growth while playing an integral role in CBS's overall multi-platform digital strategy. Under Lanzone's leadership, CBS Interactive's audience has more than doubled, making it a perennial top 10 Internet property and the largest digital premium-content group in the world. Lanzone has modernized content creation, distribution and monetization efforts across CBS Interactive's 25+ brands that span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming and consistently launched industry-leading products such as the CBS All Access subscription service and the 24/7 digital news network CBSN. CBS Interactive brands include CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CNET, GameSpot and TVGuide.com.

Lanzone joined CBS Interactive from Clicker Media Inc., where he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer; which was acquired by CBS in 2011. Prior to Clicker, Lanzone was the CEO of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves), a top 10 global web property and leading search engine acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) in 2005.

Lanzone holds a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D./M.B.A. from Emory University.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

Time Event Location
5:00-5:30pm Arrival & conference check-in GBS 130
5:30-6:30pm Opening Keynote: Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive GBS 130

Friday, APRIL 6

Time Event Location
9:30AM - 10:15AM Micro-Entrepreneurship Panel - Featuring Emory Impact Investment funded entrepreneurs GBS 208
10:30AM - 12:30PM Alumni Spotlight Sessions GBS 208
12:30PM - 1:15PM Lunch/Meet & Greet  GFC W525
1:30PM - 2:30PM Purpose Narrative Workshop - Facilitated by Eric Koester  GBS 234
2:30PM - 3:15PM Round 1 Pitch Judging GBS 231
3:15PM - 4:00PM Final Round Pitch Judging GBS 231

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 Panelists

Nicole Massiah

Krumbz Bakery (Facebook)
Nicole-2.jpgNicole Massiah was EIIG’s first loan recipient. She started Krumbz Bakery, a bakery in Atlanta, after making her own wedding cake, and her business has been flourishing ever since. Krumbz is dedicated to providing desserts, including custom cakes and cake truffles, that are extraordinary in taste and looks.

Eden Fesshazion

Eden Fesshazion, LLC
Eden.pngEden Fesshazion runs an Atlanta based law firm that specializes in immigration, family law, personal injury. She has made great strides not only in expanding her business, but reaching out to and helping various clientele.

Doris Mukang

Johari Africa Enterprise (Facebook)
Doris.pngJohari Africa Enterprise employs African refugee women to produce traditional African clothing and accessories, which are sold primarily through markets and tradeshows.

Akissi Stokes

WUNDERgrubs (Facebook)
AkissiWUNDERgrubs is leading a sustainable food revolution by using protein-rich mealworms as a primary ingredient in its cookies and baked treats.

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

Read the EIIF Impact Report here

Andrew Berman

Former Founder, COO & Board Member of Nanit
Andy-Headshot.jpgAndrew is an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to VC backed companies. Previously, Andrew co-founded and served as COO and Board Member of Nanit, a VC backed computer vision and artificial intelligence company whose first product is a smart baby monitor. Prior to this, Andrew worked as a Venture Capitalist at Norwest Venture Partners and a technology investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

Andrew holds a BBA from Goizueta Business School and a MBA from the Wharton School.

Brandon Fishman

CEO of Internet Marketing Inc and CEO of Vitacup
brandon-fishman.pngBrandon Fishman has over 10 years of experience in the online marketing and advertising industry. He has co-founded 5 Internet Companies and currently serves as the CEO of Internet Marketing Inc and CEO of Vitacup. He started IMI in 2007 and grew it to 100 employees and 30 million in annual revenue. He launched Vitacup in 2017 and in only 5 short months grew the company to over $1 million a month in revenue. He raised $11 million in financing in year 1.

Brandon received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Emory University, his Masters degree in Real Estate from the University of San Diego and spent time studying at The London School of Economics. Brandon is heavily involved in his community and works closely to help several charities working with Breast Cancer and the San Diego Food Bank.

David Gaspar

Managing Director at DDG
David Gaspar.jpgDavid Gaspar is a Managing Director at DDG where he advises clients on digital monetization strategies across a broad range of industry verticals including technology, publishing, new media and financial services.

David developed DDG's proprietary REV-ID process, which identifies and enables the business transformation concepts that drive digital revenue growth. Through REV-ID, David has generated trend insights, identified future market opportunities and led the implementation of digital transformation initiatives for many clients including IBM, Citibank, DailyCandy & The Economist.
David has served as interim C-level positions for his clients including, CMO of DailyCandy, CMO of EconomistEducation and CFO of IBM’s marketing innovation Studio; a center of excellence for digital innovation throughout IBM’s business units.

Bringing his unique skills and perspective to The Economist’s first major brand extension in a quarter century, he took a lead role in identifying and implementing Economist Education, a new business that puts The Economist brand squarely into the rapidly growing e-learning marketplace for international business executives.

David is a business visionary who developed his keen business and financial competencies advising clients on a range of financial transactions in the investment banking division of Jefferies & Company, and then as an M&A and business strategy specialist at GE Capital. Prior to joining DDG, he was the COO and CFO for Hitviews.com, where he developed a deep understanding of digital monetization strategies and the business side of social media, in addition to running all financial, legal and operational aspects of the business. David is the President of Bespoke Ideation.

David and Jessica Mandelbaum

Co-Founders of PANATEA
David-and-Jess.jpgDavid and Jess are the co-founders of PANATEA, today's premiere health and lifestyle-driven matcha green tea company. They are responsible for bringing matcha to the forefront of popular culture and making PANATEA a "pioneer of the matcha movement"(according to Bloomberg). Their Direct-To-Consumer business delivers matcha products to customers in every state and abroad, while their Food Service distribution business provides matcha to over 450 cafe/restaurant doors across the country. The company has been featured everywhere from The Today Show, to Hypebeast, to Forbes
David spearheads all aspects of brand, marketing, partnerships, social, sales and innovation R&D. Jess keeps the engine churning by overseeing all operations, accounting, HR and innovation logistics. Oh and they're married! The two met Freshman year at Emory, graduated with BBA's from Goizueta Business School and have been together since! In June 2017, they welcomed Lake Isabelle Mandelbaum (future class of 2039 and greatest achievement yet) into the world. They reside in Manhattan. 

Nathan Meeks

Co-Founder & CEO at Gigzolo
nathan_meeks.jpgGigzolo helps event producers book handpicked, professional-grade entertainment for live experiences. Launched in early 2015, Gigzolo has booked artists for events with Airbnb, Kate Spade, and Target among others.

Joshua Sigel

COO of Innit
JoshSigel.jpgAn internationally-recognized thought leader and innovator in the food technology, retail food, and consumer products distribution industries, Josh currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Innit, an “Eating Technology” company where he leads the company development of the world’s first platform for the connected kitchen.  With over 15 years of senior level technology and operations leadership experience, Josh has worked with some of the nation’s largest retailers and distributors leading transformational technology initiatives. He is passionate about the future of the connected kitchen and also serves as an advisor and investor in a number of food and food technology start-ups. He believes continued innovation in this space will help people eat and live better.

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 15 minute timeslot to pitch to judges.

The first round competition dates and times are below.

  • Preliminary Round 1: 3/8 (Thursday) – 5:30pm  - 7:30pm
  • Preliminary Round 2: 3/22 (Thursday) – 5:30pm -7:30pm
  • Preliminary Round 3: 3/23 (Friday) – 12pm – 4:00pm
  • Preliminary Round 4: 3/24 (Saturday) - 11am - 1pm
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 6, 2018.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE SUMMIT?

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

2018 Sponsors
  • 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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