Entrepreneurship Competition Finalists Will Have Six Minutes to Win $10,000

Four-Time Emmy Winner, George Bell P'15, '17, to Keynote Event
Hartford, Conn. (April 14, 2014) – Four-time Emmy winner and accomplished entrepreneur, George Bell P’15, '17, will
Student entrepreneurs are competing to win $10,000 to launch their enterprising ideas.
 be the keynote speaker at the final event of Trinity’s Entrepreneurship Competition, where teams will try to persuade an expert judging panel, and the audience at the event, that their idea should earn the top prize of $10,000.  On Friday, April 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Washington Room in Mather Hall, teams will make six-minute presentations before a four-minute Question and Answer session with the judging panel.  Each judge and the audience will cast their votes in a deliberation period, which will culminate with an announcement of the winner of the six-month competition.

In his keynote address, Bell will share his personal path, highlighting the challenge and importance of trying new things and being adaptive in life, and talking on the value of participating in this competition.  Following Bell’s address, students will present their projects at the event, which will be streamed live at www.trincoll.edu/livevideo.

Introduced by the Career Development Center, the Trinity Entrepreneurship Competition, in its inaugural year, began in October.  The finalists were each awarded $2,000 in seed money to further develop their ideas. The finalists were also assigned alumni mentors and participated in workshops to hone their ideas and develop their presentations. 
 
The Panel:
 
George Bell P’15, '17 (Keynote speaker)
Bell is Partner and Executive in Residence (XIR) at General Catalyst Partners, where he invests in later-stage information technologies.  Bell has been involved in the creation and growth of consumer businesses for 25 years. Before joining General Catalyst, he was CEO of Jumptap, a mobile advertising company.  From 2006 to 2012, Bell was a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, focusing on investment opportunities in consumer, new media, and Internet start-ups.  Before joining General Catalyst, Bell served as CEO of Upromise, the country’s largest college savings service, sold in 2006 to Sallie Mae. Previously, Bell was Chairman and CEO of Excite@Home, bringing together the Excite portal with the @Home cable broadband platform in a $7 billion merger. 

Bell has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in both California and New England, as well as four Emmy Awards for his work as a producer and writer of adventure, wildlife, and vanishing culture documentaries.  He has been featured in Time, Fortune, Forbes, and Business Week, and has appeared regularly as guest and co-host on CNBC. Bell speaks extensively on new media, convergence, and leadership.  He holds a B.A. in English from Harvard College.
 
Michelle Cote
As Director of Programs for reSET Social Enterprise Trust, Cote develops programs that empower social entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. She became involved in Connecticut’s social enterprise movement in 2010, joining the reSET Board of Directors, and transitioned to her current role in 2012. Cote began her career in social enterprise with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that helped entrepreneurs grow their businesses in Peru, Bolivia, and Afghanistan. From there, she founded and ran The Purpose Project, which worked to connect different generations of social leaders. At reSET, Cote remains committed to finding new ways of helping people generate purpose and profit at the same time. She holds a B.A. in international environmental policy and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
 
Daniel Glickberg ’05
Glickberg, a fourth-generation member of the founding family of Fairway Market, has lifelong experience in the food industry.  Since working part-time after school in his family’s business, he has performed a variety of roles at Fairway Market, from creating and executing marketing campaigns to overseeing the company’s wine and spirits business.  With Fairway Market ready to go public in 2013, Glickberg launched Dan Glickberg Food, where he is actively pursuing venture capital opportunities in consulting, the food business, and media.  He is currently a mentor for an investor in AccelFoods (accelfoods.com), which helps small food companies grow their business. Glickberg holds a B.A. in English from Trinity College.
 
Aaron Jacobs ’97
Employed at the law firm of Cesari and McKenna, LLP, Jacobs’ practice focuses on technology litigation, including intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, complex commercial litigation and client counseling.  Jacobs has over 10 years of covering a range of industries, including superconductors, online commerce, automobile engines, telephonic voice-processing systems, cell-phone chips, computerized systems for administering insurance contracts, electronics for flow measurement systems, and genetic testing. Aaron holds a BS in psychology from Trinity College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Justin S. Maccarone ’81
Maccarone is a Managing Director of Strategic Development for Tradition Energy, a global energy management and advisory firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. Previously, he spent over 25 years working in private equity and leveraged finance in New York, and was a Founding Partner of UBS Capital Americas, the private equity arm of UBS in the Americas.  Maccarone has served on numerous corporate, start-up and non-profit boards. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University.  He is a member of Trinity’s National Alumni Association.
 
Thomas Regan ’87
A partner at Brown, Rudnick LLP in Hartford, Regan practices in the areas of real estate, energy, telecommunications, land use, health care and administrative law. He represents major corporations, private developers, institutions, and not-for-profits in the development and financing of commercial real estate projects and energy and telecommunications facilities. He also represents national clients on permitting, administrative law and real estate litigation matters throughout Connecticut. Regan is recognized in the categories of Real Estate Law (2010-2014), Real Estate Litigation (2011-2014) and Energy Law (2012-2014) by Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America.
 
Regan served as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for the leadership and management of those departments. He also has extensive experience in legislative and public affairs. Regan holds a B.A. in political science from Trinity College, an M.B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.
 
About Trinity College
Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College (www.trincoll.edu) is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with over 2,200 students from 48 states and 57 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the College’s celebrated campus, in the Capital City of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.