Entrepreneur Conference

April 30, 2012

UCLA Anderson Presents EA Conference

Prominent Platform for Local Entrepreneurs

LOS ANGELES -- The Entrepreneur Association and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management will host the 2012 Entrepreneur Association Conference "Vision in Action" on Friday May 11, 2012. The annual event attracts up to 400 attendees, comprised of local MBA students, alumni, entrepreneurs, investors and key industry innovators, who assemble to learn and share valuable insights on current topics in entrepreneurship. The EA Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to network and build relationships with trusted industry experts and has cemented UCLA Anderson's role as a prominent influencer in the entrepreneurial community.

"The entrepreneurial mindset is part of the UCLA Anderson DNA," said Judy Olian, Dean of Anderson School of Management. "This conference encourages the creativity, ambition and vital business skills that are essential to every entrepreneur's pursuits. It connects our students to successful innovators who embody imaginative risk taking, deep market understanding, and tenacious focus on a business goal."

Each year aspiring entrepreneurs anticipate the Fast Pitch Competition, which gives 12 hopeful candidates the opportunity to present their business ideas in 90 seconds or less to a panel of distinguished investors. Judging is based on the quality of delivery as well as the investment potential. The winning pitch is awarded a $2,500 cash prize.

Mark Suster, partner at GRP Partners and founder of Launchpad LA, and Mike Jones, entrepreneurial internet executive, former CEO of Myspace and founder of Science, Inc., will keynote the conference. A series of panels and case studies featuring local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry experts are also scheduled.

Panel Discussions

  • Competitive Restaurant Space
  • Digital Media
  • Managing Growth
  • Starting a Real Estate Fund
  • Clean Tech: First Mover's Advantage?
  • Doing Well to do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Panel
  • Doing Business with Business: A Panel with B2B Entrepreneurs
  • The New Incubator

Panelists include prominent entrepreneurs and executives such as Eli Portnoy, the founder and CEO of ThinkNear; Tim Cadogan, Chief Executive Officer of OpenX; Bob Bellack, CEO of Newegg North America; Ara Katz, one of the founding executives of BeachMint; and Christopher Webb, founder and Chief Executive Officer of ChowNow.
In addition to panel discussions, presented case studies will cover:

  • The story behind Recycled Media / Recycled Bride's evolution
  • Operating Entrepreneurial Ventures: A Case Study with Fred Kayne

This year's EA conference is sponsored by Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., Pointe Marketing Inc., ImaginAb and The Jewish Community Foundation. To register or view the full schedule for this year's conference, please visit: www.eaconference.org

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

Contact Information

Media Relations, (310) 206-7707, media.relations@anderson.ucla.edu

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