Eastern Michigan University to Host annual Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, March 15 in Student Center

Area college and high school students compete in Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University will be hosting the annual Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the EMU Student Center Ballroom.

The conference will also include the Skandalaris Business Plan Competition, in which college and high school students compete in separate categories for a chance at thousands of dollars in prize money. Finalists will present their business plans as they compete for first, second and third prize.  

The conference begins with breakfast and networking time, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Paul Paetz, a thought leader and author on the topic of disruptive innovation, will serve as the breakfast keynote speaker, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Beginning around 10:15 a.m. the event will feature four breakout sessions, in which successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Tworek, vice president at Mitel, a $1.3 billion enterprise and telecommunications company, will speak about their experiences.

At noon, the luncheon keynote speaker, Jerome Harvey, an EMU alum, will discuss his successes with Harvey Enterprises.

The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition will start after lunch.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.


March 14, 2019

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom