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Lafayette alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will speak on their business experiences in a conference organized by Lafayette seniors Harsh Agrawal, Navdeep Kalsi, and Lee Dula on Saturday, April 28, in Gagnon Lecture Hall (room 100), Hugel Science Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Entitled “CIRCLE 2001: Lafayette’s Conference on Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital,” it is supported by the Hunsicker Fund, which promotes the study of entrepreneurship at Lafayette.

Speakers will include alumni Albert Avery ’65, co-founder and chief operating officer of Equinix, Inc., Redwood City, Calif.; Jim Bracey ’97, manager, business development, Nano, New York City; William Harrington ’70, founder and principal, Vista Ventures, Merion Station, Pa.; Rawle Howard ’96, co-founder and vice president of operations, Webbe Inc., Long Island, N.Y.; George M. Jenkins ’74, partner, Patricof & Co. Ventures, New York, N.Y.; Chris Lam ’98, MediaCenters Inc., Chantilly, Va.; David Leyrer ’89, founder and managing principal, Nexus Capital Partners, San Francisco, Calif.; Scott Miltenberger ’94, vice president of operations and controller, SupplyOne, Devon, Pa.; Edward F. Sager ’69, co-founder and partner, Mentor Capital Partners, Yardley, Pa.; Kevin Sheridan ’77, executive vice president, ACTV Inc, New York, N.Y., and Jarrett Shine ’96, founder, Shinewear.

Also speaking will be Scott Moody, vice president of business development, and Shaleen Ahmed, marketing analyst, 3Path, New York, N.Y.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with keynote talks by Howard and Avery. Presentations will follow on Entrepreneurship – Identifying Opportunities, Assessing Risk and Starting a Company; Valuing Your Business and Raising Venture Capital; Startup; and Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs Today.

There will be a lunch break from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The conference will conclude with closing remarks at 4:10 p.m.

Agrawal, of New Delhi, India, the principal organizer of the conference, is pursuing two degrees, a bachelor of science in computer science and bachelor of arts in economics and business. Kalsi is chemical engineering major from Albertslund, Denmark. Dula is a double major in International Affairs and economics and business from Downingtown, Pa.

Advising the students is Jerome Heavey, professor and head of economics and business. Donald R. Chambers, the Walter E. Hanson/KPMG Peat Marwick Professor of Business and Finance, and Gladstone Hutchinson, associate professor of economics and business, will speak at the conference.

Invitations have been extended to the larger community through the Ben Franklin Partnership, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and Chamber of Commerce.

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