Four prominent entrepreneurs came to campus this semester to talk about their companies, their visions, and ways in which students can embrace industry disruption.
The program was part of the new Global Entrepreneurship Speaker Series certificate program for undergraduate students. It was sponsored by the UConn Global Business Programs Office and the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
“The speakers were fascinating. We are particularly grateful to Professor David Noble, who culled these experts from around the world to come speak about their projects and their companies and to offer advice to young entrepreneurs,’’ said Arminda Kamphausen, associate director of Global Business Programs. “The entrepreneurs were extremely impressed by our students, the depth of their interest, and the insightful questions they asked.’’
The speakers included:
• Peter Barkman, senior vice president and co-owner of SOLITA, a technology and service design consultancy. He is also a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, part-owner of five companies and entrepreneurship thought leader. (To learn more about Peter’s presentation, check out Arminda’s Blog Post)
• Colin Keogh, CMO, of CALT, an Irish tech start-up that is developing unique 3D printing. CALT participated in the Stanley- Black & Decker Techstar Accelerator in Hartford this year.
• Isaac Philips, the founder of Siglio, a blockchain protocol company in Mexico City. Siglo aims to build ecosystems of users and decentralized apps in emerging markets to facilitate digital and financial inclusion.
• Niklas Kivluoto, originally from Finland, and the co-founder and CEO of GoodPurpose of Boston, a platform to help companies track their sustainability achievements and connect with other like-minded companies to leverage lasting impact globally.