Bay Area Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference Recap

April 22, 2019

From corporate innovation to arts entrepreneurship, there was something for everyone interested in Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way at Princeton Entrepreneurship Council’s 2019 Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference, held in the Bay Area from April 11th through 13th. At Google in Sunnyvale and at Gap Inc., Salesforce and DLA Piper in San Francisco, conference attendees experienced many ways to be educated, inspired and engaged with the Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Educate

In keeping with the educational mission of the University, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council brought Princeton classrooms to the Bay Area, focusing on the history of entrepreneurship, business ethics and social entrepreneurship. Read more about each classroom session:

The final day of the conference was devoted to workshops for startup founders and other entrepreneurially-minded Tigers and friends. Rooms full of enthusiastic Tigers enjoyed content-rich sessions on:

“Thank you SO much for organizing such an amazing event last week. It was wonderful being able to connect with fellow Tiger entrepreneurs from all over the US and the lineup of speakers and panelists was phenomenal.”

Inspire

The programming designed by Princeton Entrepreneurship Council purposely reflected the wide range of activity being undertaken by various members of the Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read takeaways and view photos from each alumni panel discussion:

The 2019 Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference also featured two dynamic keynote speakers, Kathy Ireland P21 and Tom Siebel P11. Attendees heard fascinating insights on building businesses and the keynote speakers’ view of the entrepreneurial landscape.

“Just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for an incredible conference. I was touched by all of the mutual exchanges of support and inspiration that I witnessed throughout the weekend. Truly makes me feel proud to be a Princetonian!

Engage

A key component of the Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference is providing ample opportunities for alumni to network and engage with each other and with the fast-growing Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Startup Showcase highlighted the evening networking reception on Day 1, co-sponsored by Princeton’s Office of Campus Life and Career Services. On Day 2, the evening networking reception was co-hosted by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

The conference also included a panel discussion of campus partners for alumni to learn how they can engage with Princeton on entrepreneurship. Read takeaways and view photos from these sessions:

“Just wanted to let you know that was one of the best Princeton conferences/events I’ve attended.”

Continuing the Conversation

Building on this momentum, several events for entrepreneurially-minded Tigers and friends are already on the schedule for the rest of 2019 including:

TigerTalks in the City: AI, Alt Data and the FinTech Frontier (May 9)
Reunions 2019 (May 31)
Thrive: Empowering and Celebrating Princeton’s Black Alumni (October 3-5)
NYC Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference (November 8)

Tiger Jacket (Ian Thomson '09)

Acknowledgments

Princeton Entrepreneurship Council is extremely grateful for the glowing feedback already received from attendees and panelists, as well as for the tremendous support from our volunteers, venue partners, campus partners and investor partners.

Volunteers

Andreas Beckmann
Samuel Jordan ‘16
Dalia Katan ‘15
James Mister ‘10
Michelle Moon ‘99
Joelle Rauh ‘02
Ian Thomson ‘09

Venue partners

X (Karen Roter Davis ’94, Nick Sexauer, Jessica Chavez)
Gap Inc. (Andrea Porfirio-Arnold)
Salesforce (Elliott Robbins ’87)
DLA Piper LLP (Brad Rock ’80, Christina Storniolo)

Campus partners

Keller Center
Lewis Center for the Arts
Campus Life
Career Services

Investor partners

Chaac Ventures
Fitz Gate Ventures
Nassau Street Ventures
Princeton Alumni Angels  

To learn how you can get involved in future PEC events, please contact Don Seitz '79, Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement at [email protected]