This year’s Eclectic Convergence conference in New York at Cornell Tech will feature six inspiring entrepreneurs and investors involved in fields ranging from women’s health to software design. Attendees will also hear presentations from some of Cornell’s most promising start-ups, have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with guest speakers, and have time to network with more than 450 attendees from a variety of industries, as well as venture capitalists and angel investors. .
The Friday, Oct. 21 event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Verizon Executive Education Center at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in the city. Entry fees range from $25 to $100 and registration is always open.
“As usual, our conference features inspiring entrepreneurial role models who are thrilled to share their experiences and wisdom with others,” said Zach Shulman ’87 JD ’90, director of entrepreneurship at Cornell, which organizes the conference. . “I also hear endless stories about the connections that are made at this conference, which translate into partnerships, agreements, investments and mentoring relationships. This is one of the highlights of our year and a perfect example of the broad entrepreneurial ecosystem that exists among Cornellians.
At the event, six speakers will deliver a combination of short TED-style talks and fireside chats about their entrepreneurial journeys. The event will also feature presentations from five companies based on various Cornell technologies, with a prize of $5,000 being awarded to the winning presentation.
- Marcus Bullock, Founder and CEO, Flikshop. After his release from prison in 2004, Bullock started a construction business which expanded to employ other returning citizens. Subsequently, he started Flikshop, a software company that creates tools to help incarcerated people stay in touch with family and build community.
- Amy Bunszel ’89, Executive Vice President of Autodesk, who manages product strategy and execution for the company’s 3D design portfolio, including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Relive and more.
- Kate Ryder, Founder and CEO of Maven, the largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health. Ryder has been named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40s and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” and has spoken on stage at industry events.
- Lara Sullivan ’94, president and CEO, Pyxis Oncology and founding president of SpringWorks Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company she spun off from Pfizer.
- Smoke Wallin ’88, managing director of STS Capital Partners; Executive Chairman and Founder of Taliera; and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Vertical Wellness. He is also co-founder and director of DignityMoves.org, created to end homelessness on the streets by building transitional supportive housing.
- Josh Wolfe ’99, co-founder of Lux Capital and director of Shapeways, Strateos, Lux Research, Kallyope, CTRL-labs, Variant and Varda. Wolfe is also a founding investor and board member of Bill Gates in Kymeta, manufacturing advanced antennas for high-speed global space and satellite communications.
The event will also feature remarks from Shulman; Greg Morrisett, Dean of Jack and Rilla Neafsey and Vice President of Cornell Tech; and Scott Belsky ’02, entrepreneur, author, investor, and currently chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud, at Adobe. Belsky is co-hosting the event.
Register now to attend the event in New York. The event will also be streamed live through Cornell’s alumni business and development channels.