RECESS Entrepreneur and Music Festival Launches Today with Backing from Mark Cuban

March 6, 2014

6:24 pm

RECESS, the college music and ideas festival, launched today with the help of Mark Cuban. The festival is the first of its kind, with the mission is to breed a new crop of world-changing entrepreneurs and to inspire college students across the country.

Backed by Cuban and several other big investors, RECESS is due to hit seven college campuses beginning later this month; headliners include Diplo and Paper Diamond. The events include a full day of learning, business experiences, and entertainment for students.

The Campus Tour is essentially a networking event/music festival hybrid to connect students with entrepreneurs and, hopefully, help some of them land jobs as well. Participants will also hear a progressive speaker series and attend a business pitch competition.

After a day of networking and thought-pushing, RECESS gives students the opportunity to blow off steam and enjoy some live music and entertainment with some of the world’s biggest acts including Calvin Harris, Avicii, deadmau5, Hardwell, Big Gigantic, Krewella and more.

“RECESS curates the best day of college by bringing together successful entrepreneurs, the coolest new startups and the hottest acts in music to campuses across the country,” said RECESS co-founder Jack Shannon. “Our mission is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs that will change the landscape of tomorrow’s businesses while offering participating brands unprecedented campus access to activate students.”

RECESS was adapted from Glowfest – a touring concert series created by two Indiana University students, Deuce Thevenow and Jack Shannon, in 2010. It was later re-branded as RECESS with the goal of creating opportunities for college students.

The tour officially kicks off March 21 at the University of The Pacific in Stockton, CA and will be headlined by Diplo, who will sit down with Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky for a one-on-one discussion. RECESS currently has seven tour stops planned for its Spring 2014 tour and plans to expand to 50 dates each year.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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