Challenges Met, Opportunities Ahead

Jan. 26-Jan. 28
1-5pm Eastern US Time

Challenges Met, Opportunities For the Future is the first event of its kind for entrepreneurship professionals in university programs, students, and people who are interested in the future of entrepreneurship. It will take place over a 3-days period on January 26th, 27th and 28th between 1pm-5pm EST.

Virtual event for University entrepreneurship professionals, professors and students — and all those interested in the future of innovation and business

Including unveiling this year’s Top List of University Entrepreneurship Competitions

Tickets: $99 for individuals, $39 for students, $599 for groups of 20 or more


What will you take away from this event as an attendee?

  • On-demand access to  event videos. 
  • All registrants receive a link to a FREE 6-month FoundersCard membership (worth $595). FoundersCard is a Membership community of the world’s most successful and influential Entrepreneurs, Investors, CEOS and educational leaders. Members enjoy access to 500+ exclusive benefits from premier travel, lifestyle and business brands. 
  • Hands-on ideas for structuring entrepreneurship programs; language and ideas for raising the profile of entrepreneurship programs to administrations, alumni and donors
  • A glimpse into the mindset of students and today’s entrepreneurs
  • Inclusive professional networking and support
  • Straight talk and answers to the questions people might want to ask – like – How will disruption in higher education affect university entrepreneurship programs
  • The latest trends, like Dorm Room VC, and support for immigrant founders
  • Ideas for textbooks to bring entrepreneurship to life and make it accessible for underrepresented founders

What do we hope to achieve with this event?

  • Create a collaborative professional community in the university entrepreneurship space
  • Establish community norms about diversity and inclusion
  • Spark discussions
  • Provide concrete help to professionals struggling in this unprecedented time

Confirmed Speakers as of 01/08

Jim McKelvey

is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, artist, and author of The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. He is the cofounder of Block (formerly Square), and served as the chairman of its board until 2010, and still serves on the Board of Directors. In 2011, his iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art. In 2017, McKelvey founded Invisibly, an ambitious project to unlock the value of peoples' personal data. He is a Deputy Chair of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Stacey Vanek Smith

is the co-host of NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money, and author of Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Growth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace. Prior to NPR she was a correspondent for Marketplace and collaborated with the New York Times

Seth Levine

is the co-author of The New Builders and Managing Director of Foundry Group, a venture firm with $3B in assets under management. He is also the founder of Pledge 1% and a Trustee of Macalester College.

Scott Stein

is the Associate Director of Student Entrepreneurship programs in the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is the brain behind the Top 20 University Entrepreneurship Competitions

Elizabeth MacBride

is the co-author of The New Builders and founder of Times of Entrepreneurship. She is a journalist-in-residence at the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and senior contributor for Forbes. Her articles have been read by millions worldwide, and have been translated into Arabic, Armenian and Khmer.

Dan Sachs

is the Executive Director, Education and Programs of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The University of Chicago. He is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, and a former professor of management and entrepreneurship at DePaul University. He published the book The Million Dollar Greeting: Today's Best Practices for Profit, Customer Retention, and a Happy Workplace.

Laura Fredricks

is a coach and author of The Ask, a step-by-step guide to asking for what you want and getting it, in business, philanthropy and the creative economy. Especially money.

Brigit Helms

is executive director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Chrys Hutchings

is the Associate Director at the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership at Lewis & Clark

Amelia Schaffner

is the Director at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Emory University

Joseph Nkandu

is the Executive Director of NUCAFE

Elsbeth TeBrake

has 20+ years in high-tech innovative transformation, and now writes, mentors and coaches

Emily Petermann

is a Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow

Pam Klaus

is the Director of the Center for Franchise Development at Missouri Western State University

Kimiloluwa Fafowora

is a Partner at The Dorm Room Fund and MBA Candidate at Stanford

Lauren Brohawn

is the Associate Director of the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Max Steitz

is co-founder and co-director of Glass Half Full NOLA

Marilyn Waite

is the author of Sustainability at Work and leads climate+clean energy finance @ Hewlett Foundation


Jan. 26

1 pm – 1:30pm:
Event Launch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:
Reinventing Capitalism with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm:
Coffee Break
2:45pm – 3:45 pm: 
Panel Discussion: How to Get Students Over Eco-Depression Via Entrepreneurship
3:45 pm – 4:15pm:
Networking Break
4:15pm – 5:00pm:
Disruption in Higher Education: will your job be there in 10 years?

Jan. 27

1pm – 1:45pm:
The New Builders. Making the case for entrepreneurship with Elizabeth MacBride and Seth Levine. The stats and surge in entrepreneurship that will make your case to outside funders and university administrations
1:45pm – 3:15pm:
LIVE CASE Challenge
What happens if your program is criticized for a lack of diversity?
3:15pm – 3:30 pm:
Coffee Break
3:30 pm – 4:30pm:
How To Get Funding As A Student Entrepreneur
4:30pm – 5pm:
Networking Break

Jan. 28

1pm – 2 pm:
Unveiling of the Top University Competitions (sponsored by YouNoodle) and panel discussion
2pm – 2:45pm:
Interview with Stacey Vanek Smith:  Making Space for Parents, Especially Women, in Entrepreneurship
2:45pm – 3pm:
Coffee Break
3pm – 3:45pm
Embedded, Which is the Right Structure for Entrepreneurship Within Your University
3:45pm – 4pm:
4pm – 5pm:
Final Closing Discussion: What is Success in 2022? Setting your intentions for the year.t

Why are we hosting this event?

We see business through the lens of its impact on individuals and communities. We write often at the nexus of finance and entrepreneurship, so that our stories are inspiring and actionable. This includes the important work of university entrepreneurship programs as evidenced by our reporting on Top 20 U.S. University Entrepreneurship Competitions. The January event will specifically:

  • Create a professional community in the university entrepreneurship space
  • Establish community norms about diversity and inclusion
  • Spark discussions
  • Provide concrete help to professionals struggling in this unprecedented time

Why sponsor Challenges Met: Opportunities for the Future?

  • Put your product or service in front of the decision makers who purchase the software and services for universities
  • Brand exposure with university professionals
  • Support entrepreneurship in the U.S.
  • An opportunity to market to our email list of 2,800 university professionals

Sponsorships may include:

  • Event panel participation
  • Name on our Top 20 University Competitions list
  • ROS advertisement in Times of Entrepreneurship
  • Mention in newsletter
  • Named as sponsor of this inaugural event in emails and marketing outreach
  • On-stage panel/interview with Times of E founder Elizabeth MacBride to describe offerings
  • E-blasts to our 2,800 email list of university professionals