This weekend, American University will host Entrepreneur Fest 2014 in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the National Student Initiative in partnership with the university, and is aimed at giving students and other attendees the opportunity to get a glimpse inside the startup world through presentations by, and interactions with, current startup employees, entrepreneurs, and investors.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 on American University’s campus, and will feature people from startups like Phone2Action and yAPPer, investment institutions such as DreamTech Ventures, and other organizations like CoFoundersLab, the Draper University of Heroes, and The World Bank.. Entrepreneur Fest is expected to have over 400 organizations represented, providing attendees with the opportunity to network with students, investors, and other entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneur Fest is a TED-style conference and one of the very limited ways any student can get a high-level, unadulterated view inside the startup industry and its various components,” said Director of National Student Initiatives Josh Kleyman in a statement. “They can determine if there is a fit for them as an entrepreneur, employee, investor or service provider.”
The National Student Initiative is an organization that aims to provide various programs that invest in educating and supporting students on the many opportunities they can pursue in the world. Entrepreneur Fest is focused on encouraging these students to pursue opportunities in the startup industry, whether that’s in an entrepreneurial capacity or otherwise.
Several panel discussions and breakout sessions have been planned for the event, including a panel on the best tactics for earning venture funding. Right now, there is a pre-event Startup Pitch Contest that is taking place, where you can vote for your favorite startup pitch. The top three pitches will give the startups a chance to pitch at this weekend’s event and compete for a $25,000 grand prize.
Entrepreneur Fest 2014 will take place on Sunday, March 30th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ward Circle Building of American University. Student tickets are $25 and general admission is $35. VIP packages are also available for $140 and include priority seating, a private lunch with event sponsors and speakers, and a luxury gift bag