With ChatGPT constantly in the news and entrepreneurs in all industries facing an uncertain investment climate, sessions on generative AI and venture capital were especially popular. Also attracting great interest were workshops on customer discovery and product:market fit, and best practices for startups to target and pitch to family offices. The conference also included an example of an undergraduate entrepreneurial class taught at Princeton.
The annual PEN Startup Competition was another lively affair, with enthusiastic attendees meeting with 16 startups during the morning showcase and hearing pitches from finalists Afriex, Flux Marine and Museum of Virtual Arts (MoVA) in the afternoon. Flux Marine, an electric outboard motor startup represented by co-founders Ben Sorkin ‘17 and Jonathan Lord ‘18, won audience choice. Afriex, a global payments platform represented by Head of Product Eugene Baah ‘02, won first place, which included $3,500 in cash plus meetings with venture capital firms.
The great excitement among the conference attendees of alumni, students, faculty and friends to learn and connect carried throughout the day, all the way through to the closing networking reception.
Thanks to Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network for their collaboration on this year’s event. If you want to help organize a future panel discussion or workshop, provide space for an event, or participate as a speaker, please reach out to Don Seitz ‘79 at [email protected].