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Entrepalooza 2003: Entrepreneurship in All Its Forms

9/15/2003 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Samuel Zell, AB '63, JD '66, chairman of Equity Group Investments, and Rick Snyder, MBA '79, founder and CEO of Ardesta LLC, will be keynote speakers on Sept. 26 at Entrepalooza 2003, the annual symposium sponsored by the University of Michigan Business School's Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the student-led Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club.

Dean Robert J. Dolan will present the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Snyder at 8:15 a.m. in Hale Auditorium, Assembly Hall. The award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who start and build successful enterprises. Following the presentation, Zell will give the morning keynote. Zell, a takeover specialist who has amassed a billion-dollar real estate fortune purchasing and then turning distressed companies into profit, will talk about the philosophy of entrepreneurship as he lives it.

Snyder, who will give the noon keynote address, will talk about how Ardesta, a Michigan-based venture firm with $100 million under management, is taking small tech companies into the commercial marketplace quickly and efficiently.

Located in Ann Arbor, Ardesta invests in startups and early-stage companies, provides business and technical resources to support these companies, and develops industry-building resources such as publications and Web sites. Snyder founded Avalon Investments Inc., a venture capital company targeted at investments in technology-oriented ventures, in 1997. From 1991 to 1997, he served as executive vice president and then president of Gateway Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of company operations.

Panel discussions, scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., will focus on corporate entrepreneurship, social enterprise, venture capital and southeast Michigan technology ventures.

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Mary Jo Frank
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