2019 Innovation + Entrepreneurship Conference

2019 Innovation + Entrepreneurship Conference

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Friday, April 12, 2019  |  8:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  |  UC Davis ARC

Join Chancellor Gary May and Aggie innovators — students, faculty and alumni — for a day of inspiration and networking. Build the skills you need to address challenges, offer solutions and have a positive impact on the world:

  • Develop an innovation mindset
  • Effectively tell your story and share your vision
  • Connect with campus and regional programs that help launch new ventures
  • Network with other students who share your passion for doing great things

This free one-day conference invites students to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship at UC Davis. The day will culminate with student entrepreneur pitches and a chance to vote for your favorite startup. Lunch and refreshments included throughout the day. Space is limited!



8:15-9:00 Registration + Networking
9:00-9:15 WELCOME
Joe DiNunzio, Executive Director
Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Every Aggie an Entrepreneur
Chancellor Gary May

9:30-10:15 Are You an Innovator?
Professor Andrew Hargadon, Graduate School of Management
Faculty Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
10:30-11:00 Telling Your Story + Sharing Your Vision
Lisa MaulhardtSY Partners
MA English, Fiction Writing '92

From Campus to Company
UC Davis alumni panel facilitated by Lisa Maulhardt

12:00-1:00 Lunch + Networking Conversations

Supporting Innovators Beyond the Classroom
Panel facilitated by Aaron Anderson, Interim Director, Student Startup Center


Breakout Sessions I + II
Two 30-minute sessions (choose one option per session): 


Innovators In Action
Live Pitches! Featuring teams from the PLASMA Program and Big Bang! Business Competition.


Resource Fair + Networking Reception
Enjoy refreshments while networking and exploring campus and regional resources.