Oct 282013
Dave Berkus

Dave Berkus

Monday, October 28, 2013


Internationally known author and technology industry leader Dave Berkus will speak to local entrepreneurs and economic developers at the second annual Eastern Carolina Entrepreneurship Summit on Tuesday at the Hilton Greenville.

Berkus will share his experiences in forming and managing successful businesses and discuss what factors make angel investors and entrepreneurs successful

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn from Berkus as well as our region’s top entrepreneurs in an intimate environment where discussion is encouraged and questions can be answered,” Marty Hackney, director of ECU’s Entrepreneurial Initiative, said.

Berkus began his career as an entrepreneur at age 15 by starting a record company, which paid his way through college at Occidental College, where he is a trustee. He is managing partner of Kodiak Ventures L.P. as well as Berkus Technology Ventures LLC and chairman of 10 technology companies. He has a 97 percent annual return on his investments — well above the projected target of the stock market return of 10 percent.

Berkus has received numerous awards recognizing his achievements. He is one of only 30 individuals inducted into the Hospitality “International Hall of Fame” and was awarded the 2013 U.S. Early Stage Venture Capitalist of the Year. His companies have been recognized in the Inc. 500.

At the entrepreneurship summit, Berkus will be on an afternoon panel to discuss how to select the members for one’s business team. Other topics covered at the summit include funding, social media and risk management for tourism entrepreneurs.

Also appearing will be marketing expert Tracy Tuten and Metrics Inc. co-founder and President Phil Hodges. Other seasoned venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers and a representative of SBIR grants will be panelists during the morning and afternoon sessions.

The summit begins at 8:30 with refreshments and networking, followed at 8:45 a.m. by a welcome and introductions from North Carolina Eastern Region President John Chaffee.

Hodges is scheduled to present “Startup to Exit: An Eastern N.C. Entrepreneurship Success” at 9:15 a.m.. Concurrent morning sessions run from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Lunch and the keynote address are scheduled from noon to 1:20 p.m.

Concurrent afternoon sessions are scheduled for 1:30-3 p.m.

For more information about the summit, including how to register, visit online at www.eshipsummit.com or call Marty Hackney at 737-1345.

via The Daily Reflector.


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