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Free Lunch Friday series continues through October


10:21 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013--The University of Delaware Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club), in collaboration with the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, has announced the October Free Lunch Friday speakers list.

Each Friday at 12:15 p.m., students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University are invited to attend a 15-20 minute presentation on an aspect of entrepreneurship, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

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The events are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments are free to attendees.

Upcoming events include:

Oct. 4, Ewing Room, Perkins Student Center: David Atadan, managing partner of Trellist Marketing and Technology, will speak on “Leading Rapidly Growing Organizations and the Story of Trellist Marketing." Atadan will discuss his experience building Trellist Marketing and Technology into a rapidly expanding marketing firm with over 110 employees with a focus on the stages of growth in a company. During his 26-year career, Atadan has held management and executive level positions at companies in telecommunications, computing and interactive media, from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized corporations. He serves on numerous regional advisory boards, including First State Innovation and UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, as well as the Delaware Economic Development Office’s Emerging Technology Center and the Technology Forum of Delaware.

Oct. 11, Alfred Lerner Hall Atrium: Dennis Phifer will deliver "Creating a Business Entity and Legal Advice for Startups." Phifer is an experienced lawyer who has served as the chief of staff to the county executive of New Castle County, the in-house counsel to a large bank, and continues to work on the provision of legal advice to businesses and individuals. He specializes in residential and commercial real estate, asset purchases, business formation, legislative drafting, dispute resolution and criminal litigation. Phifer will discuss the creation of a business entity, as well as provide some legal advice for startup entrepreneurs.

Oct. 18, 125 Alfred Lerner Hall: Jeremy Andrews will speak on "Unaccredited Equity Crowdfunding: A Stock Market for Startups." Andrews is the founder and CEO of Smart Money Entrepreneurs (SME). He has an extensive background in finance and has worked with major institutional banks and hedge funds, including Tiger Management and Prudential Securities. SME is looking to create what is essentially a second stock market for investing in startups. Andrews will discuss the JOBS Act and opportunities associated with the emerging unaccredited equity crowdfunding industry.

E-Club activities

In addition to Free Lunch Fridays, the E-Club has also planned a professional photography event where students can get a professional photo or headshot taken for their LinkedIn profiles, business cards and/or websites.

The photography event, which will be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, and from 2-5 p.m, Thursday, Oct. 17, is free for E-Club members and $5 for non-members. A location will be announced at a later date.

Budding student entrepreneurs interested in getting involved with the E-Club are invited to attend one of the club’s monthly meetings, held every Monday, or stop by a Shark Tank television show viewing party, held every Wednesday. Both events are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Venture Development Center, 196 South College Avenue.

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