A convergence of entrepreneurial minds will occur March 8 at the Watt Family Innovation Center for more than two hours of relationship building, idea sharing and collaboration.

“Clemson Convergence: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Science and Technology” is open to students, faculty, staff and students who are researching, teaching or living entrepreneurship at the university. The free event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Clemson Convergence is an opportunity for our Clemson community to network across disciplines, share ideas, and forge relationships that open new frontiers of teaching, research, and practice,” said Grant Allard, event coordinator, and a Ph.D. student in Policy Studies. “Convergence will be valuable to those already involved in innovation, and those who have wanted to be involved, but don’t know where to start. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many different stakeholders across campus.”

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. in the auditorium with a panel discussion titled, “Personal Journeys in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” Panelists include, John Ballato, J.E. Sirrine Textile Foundation Endowed Chair of Optical Fibers and Professor of Materials Science and Technology; Lori Dickes, Master of Public Administration program coordinator and assistant professor; John M. Hannon, associate director of The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Chad Navis, Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management; Andrew Hurley, associate professor of packaging science and a serial entrepreneur; and Brian Stearns, MBAe alumnus and co-founder of RingoFire Digital Marketing.

The event will conclude with a networking session in the atrium from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. featuring groups from across campus who support the teaching, research, and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. They include, the Clemson University Research Fund (CURF), Clemson MBAe program, Clemson Policy Studies, Creative Inquiry, Global Partnerships and Initiatives, Spiro Institute, University Innovation Fellows, and the Makerspace. Light refreshments will be provided to participants.

The March 8 event is sponsored by the Policy Studies Ph.D. program, MBA program, Department of Management, and is powered by the Watt Family Innovation Center. To register, click here.

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