Student Entrepreneur Center Launches Spring Series

Exterior of the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business building

The Student Entrepreneur Center has launched its spring semester Lunch and Learn lecture series for all UB students.

Founded in 2015, the Entrepreneur Center is today located on the 3rd floor of the Bauer Hall Innovation Center at 82 Marina Park Circle. It was founded with the aim of providing student entrepreneurs the resources and services necessary to develop start-ups. Students can submit applications to use the open-work space free of charge, as well as taking advantage of the deep knowledge base of UB’s in-house business and legal professionals. “There’s a good energy here at Bauer Hall,” says Sherri Dente, the Director of Technology Transfer and Venture Creation. “The entrepreneurs and scholars are really helpful for students, encouraging them to grow and giving them practical tools to do so.”

One of the features of the Center is the Friday Lunch and Learn series, which this semester will be held online through Zoom. These lectures, discussions, and activities aim to help students turn their business ideas into reality, and add to their regular curriculum.

“Our lunch and learn series is one of the most important educational tools the students receive here at UB,” says Elena Cahill, the Director of the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business. “It allows them to be successful in their positions in start-up entities.”

The regular series includes talks from UB’s Bauer Hall team, as well as outside speakers. A State of Connecticut Business Plan Competition will be held virtually on April 23. “Our students have earned numerous awards and grants, and a part of that is attributed to this series,” Cahill notes. “They learn the language of business.”

Students are invited to one or all of the Lunch and Learns, and there is no cap for attendance. Find the online event that will help you launch your business on the schedule below!

 

January 29

"Entrepreneurship: What Is a Business Versus a Side Hustle"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with the entire Bauer Hall team


February 5

"Ideation and Validation, Survey Workshop"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Mike Roer


February 12

"Real Entrepreneur Talk"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Richard Grefe


February 19

"Building a Business Team: HR Issues and Operating Agreements"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Mike Roer


February 26

"Branding, Marketing, and Competitive Analysis"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Dorian Yanez


March 5

"IP Trademark and Copyright"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Sherri Dente


March 12

"Legal Entity Formation and Consequences"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Elena Cahill and Kelly Campion-Socol


March 19

Networking Event with the Board of Advisors and Other Students

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with the entire Bauer Hall team


March 26

"Developing Websites and Apps"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Dorian Yanez


April 2

"Producing and Manufacturing a Physical Product"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Pete Divone


April 9

"Types of Capital, How to Raise Capital, and How to Prepare a Pitch"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Mike Roer


April 16

"Preparing Financials, and Practicing Your Pitch"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Valeria Bisceglia


April 23

State of Connecticut Business Plan Competition

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

with Mike Roer


April 30

"Real Entrepreneur Talk"

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Speaker TBA