2017 Boston Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference

Oct 19, 2017, 5:30 pmOct 20, 2017, 4:30 pm


Event Description

Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) invites you to the inaugural Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference, in Boston on October 19th and 20th, as part of the big “Princeton Tackles Cambridge” weekend.

Conference highlights include:

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - LabCentral in Cambridge | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

  • Princeton startup pitches (participating firms to be announced shortly)

  • A presentation by Career Services about its new model of career development, employer outreach to startups, and support of entrepreneurs of all ages

  • Featured speaker Anna Protopapas '86, CEO of Mersana Therapeutics, who will discuss her fascinating story of startup to IPO in just five years

  • Preview of the new Princeton Innovation Center on Forrestal Campus

  • Networking reception with hors-d'oeuvres and drinks, sponsored by Career Services

  • Optional tours of LabCentral’s co-working labs, designed to launch next-gen biotech startups

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Merck Research Laboratories in Boston | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Entrepreneurial classes taught by three popular Princeton faculty members: Kef Kasdin '85 S85 P14 will teach a case from her enormously popular course "Foundations of Entrepreneurship" (with optional homework assignment); Dr. David Miller will discuss the five questions of ethics from his popular course on business ethics (nicknamed "How to Succeed Without Selling Your Soul"); and Chris Kuenne '85 P17 will share his research on personality traits of startup leaders and introduce one of the alumni (Katherine Hays Miller '98, CEO, Vivoom) featured in his just-published book (by HBR Press), "Built for Growth."

  • Prominent keynote speakers, sharing perspectives on building and sustaining innovation in tech and life sciences. Featured will be Dr. Tom Leighton '78, CEO of Akamai Technologies, Inc.; Steve Papa '94, Chairman of Parallel Wireless and founder of several commercial and social startups; and Nick Leschly '94, founder and "Chief Bluebird" of bluebird bio.

  • Social enterprise panel discussion moderated by Jose Alvarez '85 S85 P14, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and joined by alumni in cleantech (Steph Speirs *14, Co-Founder, Solstice Initiative), biotech (James Burgess '09, Co-Founder, OpenBiome), and edtech (Doug Borchard '82 S83 P11, Managing Director, New Profit, Inc., and Stig Leschly, '92 S92, CEO, Match Education).

  • Arts presentation by entrepreneur Jose Mateo '74, who will share his professional insights as founder and artistic director of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Followed by a visual overview of the brand new Lewis Center of the Arts complex in the "arts neighborhood" on Princeton's campus.

  • A sports panel, moderated by Princeton's Ford Family Director of Athletics, Mollie Marcoux Samaan '91 with Matt Henshon '91, Founder of Henshon Klein LLP and intimately involved in the Supreme Court case involved college athletes and admissions/affirmative action policies and who represents a key client addresses sports-related concussions, and Dave Sertich '03 of the Kraft Analytics Group, the data analytics arm affiliated with the owner of the New England Patriots.

  • Investment trends discussion featuring alumni Kush Parmar '02, Partner, 5AM Partners; Graham Brooks '98, Partner, .406 Ventures; Dianna Raedle '84, Founder/CEO, Deer Isle Group; and Laurence Latimer *01, Head of Ventures, IEX Group; and moderated by Tony Williams from Princeton's Office of Technology Licensing.

  • Breakfast and lunch

The session schedule is as follows:

Day One: Thursday, October 19 - Lab Central, 700 North Main Street, Cambridge, MA

4:30 Check-In Begins and Optional Tours of Lab Central

5:30 Welcome and Overview

  • Don Seitz ’79 P10, Manager of Alumni Engagement, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

5:35 Visual Presentation of New Princeton Innovation Center

  • Anne-Marie Maman ’84, Executive Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

5:40 Pitchfest (first segment)

6:10 Feature Speaker, “From Startup to IPO in Five Years”

  • Anna Protopapas ’86, President & CEO, Mersana Therapeutics

6:30 Pitchfest (second segment)

7:00 Presentation, “Reimagining Career Services & Support for Entrepreneurs”

  • Eva Kubu, Interim Executive Director, Princeton University Career Services

7:20 Opening Night Networking Reception

8:30 Conclusion of Evening Program

Day Two: Friday, October 20 - Merck Research Laboratories, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

7:15 Check-In Begins and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and PEC Overview

  • Don Seitz ’79 P10 and Anne-Marie Maman ’84, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

8:15 Class #1: Entrepreneurial Case Study (from EGR201 Foundations of Entrepreneurship),

  • Kef Kasdin ’85 S85 P14, Executive Director, Princeton AlumniCorps

9:00 Social Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

  • Doug Borchard ’82 S83 P11, Managing Director, New Profit, Inc.
  • James Burgess ’09, Co-Founder, OpenBiome
  • Stig Leschly ’92 S92, CEO, Match Education
  • Steph Speirs *14, Co-Founder, Solstice Initiative
  • Moderated by Jose Alvarez ’85 S85 P14, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

9:45 Morning Break

10:15 Class #2: How to Succeed Without Selling Your Soul (from REL219 Business Ethics)

  • David Miller, Ph.D., Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative

11:00 Feature Speaker, “Sustaining an Innovative Culture”

  • Dr. Tom Leighton ‘78, CEO, Akamai Technologies

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Feature Speaker, “Scaling Technology Innovation and Commercialization”

  • Steve Papa ‘94, Founder and Chairman, Parallel Wireless

1:00 Feature Speaker, “Biotech Startup Land – Wild Ride Guaranteed”

  • Nick Leschly ’94, Chief Bluebird, bluebird bio

1:30 Class #3: Startup Leader Characteristics

  • Chris Kuenne ’85 P17, Founder and Managing Director, Rosemark Smart Capital
  • Featuring Katherine Hays Miller ’98, CEO, Vivoom

2:15 Afternoon Break

2:35 Feature Speaker, “Tapping Dance’s Full Potential”

  • Jose Mateo ’74, Founder and Artistic Director, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

3:05 Visual Overview of New Lewis Arts Complex

  • Angel Gardner, Assistant Director, External Affairs, Lewis Center for the Arts

3:15 Investment Trends Panel Discussion

  • Graham Brooks ’98, Partner, .406 Partners
  • Laurence Latimer *01, Head of Ventures, IEX Group
  • Kush Parmar ’02, Partner, 5AM Partners
  • Dianna Raedle ’84, Founder and CEO, Deer Isle Group
  • Moderated by Tony Williams, New Ventures Associate, Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing

4:00 Sports Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

  • Matt Henshon ’91, Founding Partner, Henshon Klein LLP
  • Dave Sertich, ’03, Director, Kraft Analytics Group
  • Moderated by Mollie Marcoux Samaan ’91, Ford Family Director of Athletics, Princeton

4:40 Conclusion of Conference Program

After the conference, join other “Princeton Tackles Cambridge" activities:

Friday, October 20, 2017 – PANE Tiger Tent | Harvard Stadium | 5:00 – 7:30 PM || Football game @ 7:30 PM

  • Tent reception, hosted by PANE and PVC, near Harvard Stadium

  • 114th Princeton-Harvard football game

Weekend Events

  • Additional sporting events (men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey)

  • Head of the Charles Regatta

  • Various alumni receptions and gatherings

We look forward to seeing you at the Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference and kicking off the wicked “Princeton Tackles Cambridge” weekend!

Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
Event Series
Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference
Event Type
Life sciences
Social impact