YouTube Founding Team Member Michael Powers ’87 to Give Keynote at FSU Entrepreneur Conference

YouTube Founding Team Member Michael Powers ’87 to Give Keynote at FSU Entrepreneur Conference

Nov 1, 2018

Framingham State University is hosting a one-day entrepreneur conference, Launch @ FSU, on Friday, November 9, 2018, for anyone interested in connecting with entrepreneurs and investors and gaining actionable strategies for launching their idea or business.

The conference, which will be held at Framingham State’s Warren Conference Center in Ashland includes a keynote by noted entrepreneur and investor Michael Powers, a member of FSU’s Class of 1987 and one of the founding team members at YouTube.

“Launch @ FSU is a great opportunity for MetroWest entrepreneurs and innovators to learn from people who have started successful businesses in a unique format that encourages interaction and guarantees that participants will leave with collateral to help them take their next step,” said Jennifer DeFronzo, Director of Alumni Relations for Framingham State.

The conference will also include a networking lunch, and two hands-on workshops. During the event, participants will gain insight from local entrepreneurs, leave with a business plan outline, and have the opportunity to network with business leaders and investors.

Speaker and facilitators include:

Michael Powers '87, Hon. D.Sc. '16

Michael is an expert in operational management of business units at startups and established companies. A former GM at CBSi, he was the second Product Manager at YouTube, first employee of and founder of two internet companies. Michael is an angel investor in several startups, including Insight Engines (AI Search), Turo (Car Sharing) and locally founded companies Taskrabbit and TurningArt.

Derek Canton, CEO and Founder, PaerPay

Laura DiBenedetto, Author, President and Founder, Vison Advertising

Adam R. Goldberg, M.Ed., CEO & Founder, Torchlight

Mark Hardie, Director, Entrepreneur & Innovation Center, Framingham State University

Patricia Nolan-Brown, Author, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur

Robert Krim, Associate Professor and Founder, Entrepreneur & Innovation Center, Framingham State University

Robert Power, Vice President of Embedded Software - Silicon Labs

Kathryn Rose, Founder, wiseHer

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About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.