Entrepreneur Weekend 2016 is just around the corner.

Colgate’s fifth annual celebration of ideas, grit, and nerve kicks off with a Shark Tank–style panel on Friday, April 8.

Steven Bertoni ’02, Forbes magazine tech editor, will host a conversation with four innovative entrepreneurs — the creative minds behind a series of visionary and exciting companies:

Tyler Haney, CEO, Outdoor Voices
Payal Kadakia, CEO and co-founder, ClassPass
Adam Leibsohn, COO, Giphy
Jon McNeill, president, global sales and service at Tesla Motors

Then, the panel will hear pitches from student entrepreneurs in the Thought Into Action Institute (TIA), moderated by Peter Boyce of Venture, General Catalyst Partners, and Rough Draft Ventures.

The student presenters are:

Samantha Braver ’18 and Ryan Diew ’17 – Trippie
Miranda Scott ’18 – Waffle Cookie
Rex Messing ’15 and Ryan Clements ’16 – Fish Tuwa Tuwa
Richard Sanders ’17 – Seela

The panel and the audience will then vote to decide which students will receive seed money to take their ideas to the next level.

Weekend events continue on Saturday, April 9, with TIA student venture demos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hall of Presidents.

Register for free at colgate.edu/eweekend.

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