Register Now for Northwestern Entrepreneurship Conference

Northwestern University’s annual Entrepreneur@NU conference, featuring lectures and panels from successful entrepreneurs and investors, will be held Tuesday, May 24 on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

The conference, hosted by the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, is open to the public. Attendees can register at the event website.

Entrepreneur@NU will showcase the best of the Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem from web-based startups to medical device companies to energy businesses that are all based in and around the Chicago area. Attendees will learn from successful investors and entrepreneurs from all over the country about emerging startup trends and insights in financing, operations, and marketing. This goal of the conference is to connect and facilitate the growth of the startup ecosystem in Chicago, both for university and non-university entrepreneurs

The morning keynote speaker is James White, managing director of Sutter Hill Ventures and Northwestern engineering alumnus. White was names to Forbes' Midas List of Tech's Top Investors in 2011. He will speak about experiences as both investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley to help strengthen the startup ecosystem in Chicago.

The morning will also include two panels: The Role of Universities as Incubators & Pre-seed Funds, and The Role of Angels & VCs. The lunch keynote speaker is Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners and the author of Mastering the VC Game, an insider's guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building.

Afternoon panels include Running Startups in Chicago, Successful University Technology Spin-offs, and Opportunities & Challenges in Energy/Clean Tech.

The afternoon will conclude with a talk by Kevin Willer, president & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and with the final round of the Northwestern University Venture Challenge, a student entrepreneurship competition.