Social Entrepreneurship Conference

The Cross College Alliance is hosting student entrepreneurs who want to tackle social, cultural, and environmental issues Sept. 21 at New College’s Sudakoff Conference Center.

2019 Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sudakoff Conference Center, New College of Florida

Social Entrepreneur Conference logoThe Cross College Alliance is hosting student entrepreneurs who want to tackle social, cultural, and environmental issues at New College’s Sudakoff Conference Center for the 2019 Social Entrepreneurship Conference.

The student-led conference features entrepreneurship panels for those who want to address social issues, green initiatives, and creative endeavors, as well as an incubator program and contest. Creative professionals will also be on hand to conduct student portfolio reviews.

The conference will bring together students from the alliance’s member institutions: New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

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KeyNote Speaker Joy Randels

Joy Randels helped launch more than 75 companies, raised more than $300 million in venture capital, and led 17 acquisitions.

She is currently the founder and CEO of New Market Partners, a tech company accelerator.

Entrepreneurship Panel Members

Matthew Eisner

Matthew Eisner is a marketing, data, and research expert who works with startups, scaleups, investors, and corporates to solve their growth problems. In addition to running an advisory and consulting business, he also manages an early stage investment fund.

Previously, Matthew served as head of all marketing and data across for Startupbootcamp as they grew from less than 10 to more than 20 accelerator programs.

Rachel West

For more than 25 years, Rachel West has advised and evolved some of the world’s most successful companies, both in the U.S. and abroad. As a strategy advisor and solution partner at Dell EMC since 2003, she’s led many innovative initiatives in Cloud, Big Data, XaaS and Digital Transformation for its most strategic clients including Vanguard, Bank of America, FiServe, Caterpillar, BNY Mellon, Republic Services, Fidelity and State Street. She co-founded InfoAlliance, a strategic consultancy where early-stage ventures and disruptive technology startups can develop sustainable business models and services, in 2009.

Ms. West attended Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Babson College’s Executive Programs. She received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in economics at the top-ranked International Business School at the University of Nanjing, China.

Rita Ferrandino

Rita Ferrandino has built an international reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education entrepreneurship community. She is a recognized STEM education expert, and an authority on education policy and politics.

Rita is the founding partner at Arc Capital Development, a global private investment and advisory firm. Arc invests in, operates,  and advises companies in the K-20 education and special needs markets. She has served over 125 clients in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Turkey, Israel, and India. Rita currently serves as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Education Entrepreneurship Program, and she works with its Catalyst@PennGSE innovation center.