JMU event to celebrate entrepreneurship, spark new ideas

by Mary Evans


A trio of James Madison University alumni who are successful entrepreneurs will highlight the inaugural JMU celebration of entrepreneurship 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at the Festival Conference and Student Center on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81.

John Rothenberger, chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship Board at JMU, will discuss "Why Entrepreneurship is Important to JMU;" Virginia Coles, a principal at Zenzu, a boutique advisory and consulting firm, will talk about "Why Innovation Matters;" and Don Rainey, general partner at Grotech Ventures, will shed light on "What Venture Capitalists Look for From Entrepreneurs."

Dubbed ICCE 2014, the celebration of innovation, creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship, will begin with an alumni reception hosted by JMU President Jon Alger and his wife, Mary Ann Alger. The reception, from 6-7 p.m., is limited to the first 50 alumni registrants.

Networking will take place from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by the featured alumni speakers from 7:30-8 p.m. Another round of networking is scheduled from 8-8:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with the Society of Entrepreneurs' Student Pitch Competition and closing remarks.

Follow the conversation on twitter with #ICCE14 and visit the ICCE website to register and for more information.

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Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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