John Patterson, Dartmouth Class of 1867 and Founder of NCR
Dartmouth Ventures is an annual conference on entrepreneurship established in 2002 for students, faculty, researchers, alumni, and staff at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (previously under the name of ‘Greener Ventures'). Aimed at developing entrepreneurial aptitude and encouraging entrepreneurial activity among members of the Dartmouth community, this day-long event brings nationally-recognized entrepreneurial leaders, many Dartmouth alumni, to discuss pertinent topics and issues involved with entrepreneurial initiatives.
In addition to the perennial objectives of providing networking opportunities and learning about entrepreneurial ideas and execution, each year Dartmouth Ventures explores a broad theme relevant to entrepreneurship. This 2014 conference will look at one of the most important of all entrepreneurial functions: making decisions. Decision making is one of the most important attributes of a leader in any organization, but especially in one that is starting up, because the decisions come every day, and they have to be made or they will make themselves.
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Entrepreneurship ContestDartmouth Ventures is back for 2014! Make sure you register to attend don't miss the opportunity to sign-up to compete for $70K in prizes in our DV 2014 Contest! This year’s Entrepreneurship Contest will be the highlight of the conference, to take place on campus on Saurday, 5 April, 2014.
Important date to remember: Submission deadline is 15 February, 2014
Alternatively, if you're just looking to get your idea out there, network and get some tough love to get you on track, you can (also) apply to participate in the Startup Showcase to get a stand at the conference.
For any questions about the contest or showcase please email Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tuck.
Click here to download contest rules and submission requirements.
More about DV14 ThemeThe entrepreneur’s world is an uncertain world, full of risks and messy, incomplete and incoherent data. John Patterson D1867 was fond of saying, "An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides." This should be taped to the bathroom mirror of every startup founder and leader. Decision making is one of the most important attributes of a leader in any organization, but especially in one that is starting up, because the decisions come every day, and they have to be made or they will make themselves.
Decisions—big decisions, often with long-lasting and profound consequences—come fast and furious in the entrepreneurial setting, and they seldom allow much time to make them. In fact, often it’s not even clear which decisions are called for and when. Defining decision-level issues and their timing is, in fact, part of the art in an entrepreneurial environment—and make no mistake, it's at least as much art as science, if not more so. In our world of messy, incomplete and incoherent data, judgments have to be made and they have to lead to activity, to real execution. "You’ll never have all the information you need to make a decision. If you did, it would be a foregone conclusion, not a decision."
So how do you make good decisions? What do you consider, what do you ignore, how do you prepare yourself? At Dartmouth Ventures 2014, we'll look at these questions in a wide variety of entrepreneurial contexts and through the eyes of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors. We invite you to take on this challenge at Dartmouth Ventures 2014. We hope everyone in the greater Dartmouth family will join us for this important and far-reaching discussion.