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Past E-celerator Events

From formal speaking engagements to lunch-and-learn workshops, the E-celerator’s events put an emphasis on student learning.

Many of our events are recorded. Please note that archived speaking events are proprietary to current undergrad, graduate students, and registered alumni. You may contact the WCPE and the Entrepreneur in Residence for access to these videos.

For information about current and upcoming events, head back to the E-celerator home page.

Fall 2021

  • Launching Your Own Franchising Business: a Unique Path to Entrepreneurship
    Tom DuFore (’04) and CEO of the Big Sky Franchise spoke about a unique path to entrepreneurship: owning your own franchising business.
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Spring 2021

  • How To Get Started: How To Turn A College Project Into A Social Enterprise
    David Rojas Jr., founder and CEO of TA98, spoke about starting a business that gives back to your community and brings about positive social change.
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • The Art of Engaging Angel Investors
    In this installment of the E-celerator Speaker Series, Travis Linderman of Innovation DuPage shared strategies on how to gain initial sources of revenue for your start-up.
    April 14, 2021
  • Innovation Panel Discussion: Time for New Ideas
    A panel discussion on the urgent need for innovation and entrepreneurship, featuring Elmhurst professor Dr. Bruce Fischer, Elmhurst professor Dr. Soni Simpson, Elmhurst Entrepreneur in Residence Patrick Yanahan and Travis Linderman of Innovation DuPage.
    April 7, 2021
  • Why Does Diversity in Entrepreneurship Matter?
    Successful entrepreneur guest panelists spoke about the importance of diversity among entrepreneurs. Panelists included Quincy Banks, Christina Montalvo and Jennie Oh Brown.
    March 24, 2021
  • BlueJay Tank Pitch Competition Workshop
    Patrick Yanahan, our Entrepreneur in Residence, discussed how to create a successful entry for the BlueJay Tank Pitch Competition.
    March 23, 2021
  • Bruno Tabis
    Virtual lunch and learn: Launching Your Own Entrepreneurial Business, and Making Sure It’s Legal
    Feb. 17, 2021

Fall 2020

Elmhurst University student Oluwaseyi Adeolu received special recognition for her name idea for the Elmhurst entrepreneurship center.

Oluwaseyi Adeolu

  • Name the Entrepreneurship Initiative Competition
    We are the E-celerator! Thank you to all of the Elmhurst University students, faculty and staff who contributed name ideas and helped judge the finalists during the naming competition. While the winning name was a team effort, the Entrepreneurs Initiative gave special recognition to Oluwaseyi Adeolu, who received the most votes among students for her name submission.
    Contest Ran During the Fall Term
  • Nick Bank
    Lunch and learn about lessons from Bank’s experience launching two businesses while at Elmhurst.
    Dec. 3, 2020
  • Daisy and Alex Betance
    Virtual lunchtime Q&A with Elmhurst University alumni: Launching Your Own Startup in the Clean Lifestyle Products Market
    Nov. 18, 2020
  • How Student’s Entrepreneurial Idea Became Bili Blankets for Africa
    Virtual event with Matt Glucksberg
    Nov. 11, 2020
  • Tim Palmer
    CyberSafe 360 founder Palmer shared his thoughts about starting a company in the IT security realm.
    Oct. 28, 2020
  • Bluejay Tank Pitch Competition
    Virtual event featuring students’ ideas for business and entrepreneurship.
    Oct. 21, 2020
  • Why Diversity in Entrepreneurship Matters
    Virtual event with Christina Hamilton, Melissa Villanueva and Angela Howard
    Oct. 7, 2020
  • Elmhurst Entrepreneurs Lunch and Learn
    As the founder of HomeWatch Caregivers, Dennise Vaughn will share information on starting a business in senior care.
    Sept. 30, 2020
  • How I Became a Successful Entrepreneur via Robots
    Virtual event with Jerome DuBois, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of 6 River Systems
    Sept. 24, 2020
Businessman Mark Heintz addresses students and faculty at Elmhurst University during his talk "What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur."

Mark Heintz

  • How Economic Downturns Create Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
    Virtual event with Mitch Harris, owner of Strongbox Fitness in Glen Ellyn
    April 16, 2020
  • What It Takes to Be a Successful Entrepreneur
    Meet and Greet with Mark Heintz
    Feb. 19, 2020

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