Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference to be held Feb. 11 at EMU Student Center

by Paul Nucci, Published February 07, 2011

YPSILANTI - Michigan-based business owners will share their success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, Feb. 11, at the EMU Student Center. The conference will focus on Innovation and Green entrepreneurship in Michigan.

The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Redmond, founder and president of POWERleap, Inc. POWERleap is a clean-tech company based in Ann Arbor that developed floor solutions that generate electricity from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Redmond created POWERleap while at the University of Michigan and was recently featured in Forbes and The Discovery Channel. She will speak during lunch.

"The Sesi Conference is where the passion for entrepreneurship is instilled in us." said Melissa Heatlie, president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization at EMU, which hosts the conference. "Each speaker and session is designed to offer a different take on being an entrepreneur, at different stages; including students."

Also scheduled to speak is Chris Kondogiani, director Adaptive Materials, Inc.  Adaptive Materials (AMI) is the leader in transformative power systems that enable new missions and new capabilities, and improve existing operations. The company was recently acquired by UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc.  AMI will continue to develop and manufacture its propane-powered fuel cell systems at its Ann Arbor facility.

  All EMU faculty staff and students are invited to attend, as well as other community college and high school students and faculty that have curriculum centered on entrepreneurship or business. Networking along with refreshments starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks.

Two break-out sessions will precede a sit-down lunch, and the conference concludes with the keynote speaker.  The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition concludes after lunch as high school and university/community college students compete for cash prizes totaling more than $5,000.

Break-out sessions will feature Innovation and Green entrepreneurs. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit the Center For Entrepreneurship website or call Melissa Heatlie at (734) 644-6663 for details. The Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.   

 Students in CEO gain real world experience by working on club projects involving real products for sale. Projects have included: software solutions, creating new apparel, training videos, new market products and promotion techniques. The Club also provides students with the opportunity to run a current chapter business.

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University within the College of Business strives to create, encourage and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit through its various activities. It assists emerging companies in the southeastern Michigan region with mentoring, seminars, business plan reviews and structured mentoring and networking between entrepreneurs and various resource providers.


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