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Center for Entrepreneurship

A fast-growing hub, our Center for Entrepreneurship brings together students, faculty, and alumni from our three schools, as well as industry partners and friends of the college.

L&C Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the News

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    Here are excerpts from Gina Bianchini’s question and answer session for the Dinner with an Entrepreneur Series in April.  Over sixty students attended this event with the CEO of Mightybell software platform and co-founder of the Lean In online community.
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    Several of the I+L “Incubator+Launch” Seed Fund Teams had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Angel Oregon Showcase event in April, and see start-up companies in action pitching their ideas for venture capital investment.
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    Michelle Lantow, CFO of New Seasons Market, was the speaker guest for the Dinner with an Entrepreneur Series on February 26th, 2015.  Throughout her varied career, she communicated the message that you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial.
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    During the dinner Ms. Parkin gave a speech about defining, pursuing, and realizing your personal “all.” She walked us through her journey from being a teacher to showing up to interviews unprepared to becoming the Global Chief HR Officer for Adidas. The entire time she emphasized the importance of dreaming and pursuing those dreams with tenacity.
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    Football and baseball player Stein Retzlaff ’16, former football player Erich Roepke ’16, and their three business partners—Hunter Meece ’15, Kyle Roepke, and Trent Martin—were recently awarded an Incubator+Launch Seed Fund grant. They are now eligible for up to $20,000 to fund their venture.
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    Lewis & Clark Alumni, Parents and Students convened to enjoy delicious cuisine provided by Boke Bowl, a Portland based restaurant group founded by L&C alums, Patrick Fleming ’92, Brannon Riceci ’92, and Tim Parsons ’91.  The crowd heard from several speakers about their personal entrepreneurial journeys.