by Paul Nucci, Published February 15, 2012
YPSILANTI - Michigan-bred innovators will be the key to reinventing our state. The Eastern Michigan University Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference, held Feb. 10 at the Student Center, featured young entrepreneurs who hope to play a role in such a revitalization.
About 200 students, faculty and staff members attended the event, which was organized by students in the EMU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO).
The break-out sessions featured EMU students and alumni as part of a "ReInventing Michigan" theme.
Presenters included current students Kentaro Roy, CEO of Kentaro Web Consulting, who discussed how to turn your website into a sales force; and Zach Wigal, of Gamers Outreach Foundation, who discussed his non-profit gaming association.
Also presenting were EMU graduates Patrick Muldoon, of Venchurs Vehicle Systems, who spoke about long term sustainability; and Tim Adkins and Bilal Saeed, of Pakmode Media + Marketing; who discussed their publication, iSPY magazine, which serves Washtenaw County.
Mike Lorenc, AdWords Manager from Google, explained how Google is changing along with Michigan during his luncheon address. Amy Cell of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Pure Michigan) talked about what is on the horizon for Michigan economically during a breakfast keynote address.
Michael Luchies, Manager of Membership Operations for the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, made the drive from Illinois to attend the Sesi Conference and praised the event.
"The EMU CEO Chapter did a great job of putting on a successful and well organized conference," Luchies said. "Their leadership and dedication is contagious, and is sure to rub off on the students they had contact with at the conference."
Luchies noted how the speakers engaged the audience and offered to stay in touch.
"The speakers were very interested in the success of the students in attendance and provided feedback and contact information to build a lasting relationship," he said. "The conference was educational, fun, and inspiring in all aspects."