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Pittsburgh We Can't Wait: Fueling Startups

"When it comes to U.S. job growth, startup companies aren't everything. They're the only thing."  (from a new study on U.S. job growth from the Kauffman Foundation)

Join us for this free event called Pittsburgh We Can't Wait: Fueling Startups as we hear from those in Pittsburgh and elsewhere who have been successful in nurturing and launching startups.

When: Monday, September 27
Where: Cabaret Theater Square at 655 Penn Avenue
Time: 6:00 start. Doors open at 5:30.

Who will be there?

Nathan Martin, founder and CEO of Deeplocal
Lenore Blum, founder of Project Olympus, a showcase of Carnegie Mellon start up talent
Rich Lunak, President and CEO of Innovation Works, fueling startups since 2000
Brendan Calder, innovation expert and dynamic venture capitalist from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Moderated by Ann Dugan of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.
Note:  Rotman will be hosting an information reception for MBA candidates following the event.

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Pictured, clockwise from top left: Ann Dugan, Lenore Blum, Brendan Calder, Nathan Martin, Rich Lunak

Lenore Blum
(PhD MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and  Founding Director of Project Olympus, a high tech innovation center with a goal of building a community to enable talent and ideas to grow in the Pittsburgh region. Lenore is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  In 2005, in recognition of this work and more, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Brendan Calder is an Entrepreneur in Residence and an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He conducts a popular MBA course called GettingItDone©. Prior to joining Rotman, he was an entrepreneur in the financial services field. He is now an active Angel Investor. For more seehttp://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/viewFac.asp?facultyID=Brendan.Calder
Ann Dugan is the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. The mission is to foster the growth and development of family businesses and entrepreneurial firms, seed innovation and promote technology transfer. The Institute provides consulting services, educational programs and exclusive peer networking opportunities to businesses at every stage in the business lifecycle. The Institute has helped start over 1,000 businesses, raised $250 million in capital and provided educational programs to 25,000 business leaders. Ann is the editor and co-author of the national best seller Franchising 101 and the recently released A Woman's Place… The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business.
Rich Lunak is President & CEO of Innovation Works, the nation's third most active early stage investor according to Entrepreneur Magazine. Rich leads Innovation Works' efforts to provide business expertise, seed capital and other resources to high-potential, technology start-up companies in Pittsburgh. Since 2000, Innovation Works has invested in more than 125 regional technology start-ups which have gone on to raise more than $700 million in follow-on investment. Additionally, 72% of the Pittsburgh region's venture capital investments went to Innovation Works' portfolio companies since 2007. Prior to joining Innovation Works in 2005, Rich was a successful technology entrepreneur.  He helped lead Automated Healthcare from a three-person start-up to a $65 million acquisition by McKesson Corporation, the nation's 16th largest company.
Nathan Martin is founder and CEO of Deeplocal Inc. Nathan was a researcher and artist-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University where he led an interdisciplinary team in the development of a collaborative online mapping toolkit. As a founding member of both an art group and a touring punk/metal band, Nathan has spoken, toured and exhibited internationally since age sixteen. He has over a decade of experience with mobile technology starting in 1999 as Mobile Device Specialist for MetaDesign SF and continuing in his work with clients like Palm Computing, Brodia, Panasonic, and Nike.
Nathan has taught Art and Design at several universities and holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Electronic Media Art. Nathan has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in art, music, and technology, and continues to write and speak about his passion for integrating the artists' process into the design and development of improved ways of experiencing people, information, and objects in this world.

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