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UCSD STUDENTS HOLD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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[Sullivan video 6:25] [Smilor video 39:21] [Kawasaki video 58:18]
San Diego, October 14, 2003 -- Two well-known entrepreneurs will deliver keynote speeches to a student conference at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Billed as an "Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UCSD," the conference is organized by VentureForth @ UCSD, a student organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and leadership skills among non-business students at the university.

VentureForth will host its annual conference on Saturday, October 18, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Price Center on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, CA.

More than forty speakers will participate in sessions such as "Getting Funding: From Venture Capital to Bootstrapping," "Networking 101," and "Intellectual Property Creation and Protection." Event organizers have prepared an agenda with useful information sessions designed to give a foundation of knowledge to anyone that is interested in business and management.  "We have tried to design the program to cover many of the fundamental steps necessary to starting and running a business, while also touching on both job and business opportunities," said Matthew Moore, current President of the student organization and a Computer Science and Engineering junior in UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. "This will be our biggest conference yet, and we hope that students across the campus take advantage of this unique opportunity to get an insider's view of what it takes to be a successful leader and entrepreneur."

Keynote speakers Ray Smilor (left) and Guy Kawasaki

The morning keynoter will be Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures. Kawasaki received his B.A. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from UCLA, as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. A noted speaker and the founder of various personal computer companies, Kawasaki was one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer. More recently, he co-founded Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital investment bank for emerging technology ventures.

Prior to Kawasaki's speech, UCSD Graduate School of Management dean Robert Sullivan will update attendees on progress with the School, which is set to begin enrolling executive MBAs on a part-time basis in 2004.

The conference's luncheon speaker will be Ray Smilor, Ph.D., President of the Beyster Institute/Foundation for Enterprise Development. Prior to arriving at UCSD, Smilor helped build one of the most prominent organizations promoting entrepreneurship in the United States, as Vice President of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Previously, while teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, Smilor served as Executive Director of UT's IC2 Institute, which became an internationally recognized think-tank for entrepreneurship and economic development under his leadership. He has also been very involved in the writing and editing of several books and articles on entrepreneurship. Smilor's most recent book, "Daring Visionaries: How Entrepreneurs Build Companies, Inspire Allegiance and Create Wealth," was released in 2001.

The VentureForth conference receives support from various organizations on campus, including the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. "Until now, UCSD didn't have a business school of its own, and the new Graduate School of Management is not scheduled to begin accepting full-time students for another year," said von Liebig Managing Director Abigail Barrow, who sits on VentureForth's Board of Directors along with Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible, and Robert Sullivan, Founding Dean of UCSD's new management school. "Whether students are in the social sciences, literature or engineering, many of them will find jobs in the private sector, and they will need business and management skills. Members of VentureForth show a level of dedication, leadership and professionalism that will hold them in good stead when they make their mark after leaving UCSD."

VentureForth's Entrepreneur Conference 2003 event sponsors include PogoLinux.com, HomaHome.com, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²].

For further details about the conference, a complete list of speakers and industry participants, go to http://ventureforth.org/ . The event is open to everyone, free of charge. Free breakfast and lunch will be served. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the website mentioned above.

About VentureForth
VentureForth @ UCSD is a three-year-old organization started by students who are interested in learning applied professional skills. The group sponsors an annual UCSD Business Plan Competition, as well as various workshops throughout the year. VentureForth is dedicated to teaching leadership, initiative, networking, and professionalism, while fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in students. http://ventureforth.org/ .

Media Contact:
      Doug Ramsey (858) 822-5825 dramsey@ucsd.edu

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