StartUp Festival – From Start To Genius


Cost: $35 pre-registration and $55 at the door
For further inquiries please contact our event coordinator Ingrid.

What makes this StartUp Festival unique?

Poets&Quants is proud to present our first StartUp Festival in June, sponsored by Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, at the ultramodern NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in the heart of San Francisco. We have prepared a full-day immersion into the Bay Area’s dynamic startup world. Meet with and hear from MBAs who have launched their own businesses in fintech, e-commerce, healthcare, fashion, food and education.

Plan on using your MBA experience to incubate a startup? Currently an MBA student looking for ideas, funding or partners for a new venture? Already have an MBA and want to test the market with an idea you love but haven’t had the chance to make a reality?

Gain valuable lessons and inspirational know-how from young entrepreneurs who have been there and done it. The day will be filled with candid talks, panels, keynotes, interviews, onsite presentations, a free lunch and cocktail reception.

The StartUp Festival provides a down-in-the-trenches approach to launching or working for a startup or early stage company. More than 30 companies and founders will open their doors to you. Learn the basics. Make valuable connections. Build a journey with a cohort of entrepreneurs. Join us on June 12 for the complete startup experience:

  • Panels and Keynotes: Listen to CEOs of successful startups talk about the process of building their own business and how they leveraged their MBA to get there.
  • Birth and Financing of an Idea: Learn how startups have moved from ideation to financing their idea.
  • Growth and Scaling: Visit startups and learn how they have expanded and managed their companies’ growth.
  • Innovation: See how successful startups continue to innovate as they grow out of their early stages and position themselves for market dominance.

Meet & learn the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial life in intimate, tell-it-like-it is sessions with MBA founders from Kellogg, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, UVA Darden, and Berkeley Haas. We’ll have more than two dozen founder CEOs who run venture-backed and bootstrapped startups in fintech, healthcare, education, real estate, and e-commerce. Hear the inside stories of the most successful MBA startups, including OpenTable, Magoosh, CommonBond, Earnest, Branch, Augmendix, TransparentCareer, and many more.

Join us as we take you “From Start to Genius!”


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Mark Achler of Math Venture Partners
Linda Darragh of Kellogg's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Jennifer Saxton of Tot Squad
Christopher Dean of Swrve Mobile
Chuck Templeton of S2G Ventures & OpenTable
John A. Byrne of C-Change Media
Shireen Yates of Nima
Louis Beryl of Earnest
Anthemos Georgiades of Zumper
Bhavin Parikh of Magoosh
Sidharth Kakkar of Front Row
Ian Shakil of Augmedix
Mitch Kirby of TransparentCareer
Jeremy Shinewald of mbaMission
Alex Austin of Branch
Phil DeGisi of CommonBond
Peter Yen of Sushirrito
Jeff Standard of Drivemode
Bret Waters of Tivix
Christopher Elliott of Restaurant Cheetah
Alex Wasserman of TapFwd

What is a track?

There are 3 tracks at the StartUp Festival. Each one will take you to the offices of a startup emphasizing the following content: the birth and financing of an idea, growth and scaling, and innovation. Once we open the schedule, you will be able to choose which startups you will visit for the day.

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