Yale Entrepreneurial Society Hosts Innovation Summit and Y50K Awards Ceremony

The Yale Entrepreneurial Society and Net Impact will host an all-day event, the Innovation Summit and Y50K Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

Entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative leaders from a variety of industries and business sectors will meet to speak about topics that are shaping business and society. Keynote speakers include Charles MacCormack (CEO, Save the Children), Seth Goldman (president and CEO, Honest Tea), and Mark Rosenthal (president and COO, MTV Networks).

A panel of professional venture capitalists and industry leaders will select the winners of the Y50K Business Plan Competition. The panel will award $100,000 in cash and prizes to teams in for-profit and nonprofit categories, which may be used to start up these new business ideas.

The panel of judges includes: Victor Budnick (president & executive director, Connecticut Innovations); Cary Davis (president, managing director, Warburg Pincus); James Nahirny (managing director, Bain Capital Ventures); Gina Raimondo (managing partner, Point Judith Capital Partners); Lawrence Wittenburg (partner, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault); Jon Hirschoff, Esq. (partner, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP); Terry Jones, Esq. (partner, Wiggin & Dana).

Registration is free for students and discounted for alumni and is available online at http://www.innovation-summit.com. The cost of registration includes a luncheon with guest speakers and the judging panel, coffee and the closing reception. More information about the Summit, including directions and transportation, is also available at the above address. The Summit was made possible in part by lead sponsor, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault (http://www.tht.com).

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship in the Yale community, the Yale Entrepreneurial Society was founded in 1999 by two undergraduate students looking for an outlet to express their entrepreneurial spirit. Today, with over 1,000 members, YES is Yale’s largest student-run organization. Connecting undergraduates, graduate and professional students, faculty and alumni, YES supports Yale-led entrepreneurial activities in New Haven and throughout the country.