Drexel University alumnus and serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Baum will visit campus March 12 to deliver an inspiring and informative talk entitled, “Building a Billion Dollar Company Takes More Than Just a Big Idea.” Baum is the chairman of FOUNDER.org, a foundation working to inspire students to launch companies that drive innovation and economic growth. He is visiting Drexel University to launch the 2014 $100K.
The FOUNDER.org $100K is an annual competition in which 10 finalist teams will win $100K each, and 50 semifinalist teams will be accepted into FOUNDER.org University, a 12-month company building program. Entrants are also eligible to apply for funding through the FOUNDER.org Capital, a $100M venture investment fund for student entrepreneurs.
Baum’s entrepreneurial journey has spanned 25 years, six start-ups, five acquisitions and the IPO of Splunk (SPLK). His projects have created more than 3,000 jobs, over 150 millionaires and more than $9B in shareholder value. He is a 1985 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in computer sciences.
Following his presentation, there will be a fun 60-second pitch-off. Three winners will be invited to get in-depth input and feedback on their ideas. The event will begin at 9 a..m. in room 220 at Gerri C. LeBow Hall, 3220 Market Street in Philadelphia.
Registration for the event is required.