Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference 2018

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MassMutual Center

1277 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103-1901

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Friday, November 2, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Light continental breakfast, Entrepreneur Exhibits and Opportunities

9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Welcome & Interactive Session for Students

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Break & Entrepreneur Exhibits and Opportunities

9:50 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Breakout Session 1

10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session 2

11:30 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. Break

11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Breakout Session 3

12:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Marc Gammell, Treaty Biotech

Marc believes the most brilliant systems and designs are locked in the DNA of life on Earth. At UMass, he studied Sustainable Enterprise & Biotechnology, and had the opportunity to work in cutting-edge labs in the biotech sector, working on projects from artificial intelligence to genetic engineering. His work in these labs gave him some wild ideas, and one of his particularly crazy ideas led him to Yinyong Li at the 2015 UMass Innovation Challenge. Li invented a plant-based anti-fog solution called FogKicker, and together Gammell, Li, and Li’s professor Ken Carter founded Treaty Biotech to develop a complete line of FogKicker products, and to continue developing new products and technology with advanced biomaterials. Marc's dream is to become a leader in the field of biologically inspired design, demonstrating the value of biology as a source of innovation. And hopefully along the way, spark creation of amazing new products and technology that change the world.

Marc received the 2018 Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Alumni Award, was a finalist in the 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Competition, is active in the UMass entrepreneurship community and a is a 2016 alum.

Read more about Marc in this Business West article

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Close & Raffle

Session Topics:
Idea Madness (Idea Jam)
Shark Tank
The Social Impact Angle: An Interactive Discussion
How We Did It: Grinspoon Award Winners Tell Their Stories
Less Fun but Essential: The Details of Startups
Quick and Dirty Product Design
Crowdfunding 101
Curiosity: The Fuel That Sparks Entrepreneurship
Launching a Food Business
Pop-Up Advice Space

See Pictures from the 2017 Conference

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Special Thanks To This Year's Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor -

UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA

Silver Sponsor - AAA Pioneer Valley

Bronze Sponsors

Northwestern Mutual

MassMutual - Springfield Venture Fund

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MassMutual Center

1277 Main St.

Springfield, MA 01103-1901

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