Dartmouth Ventures 2014

An Entrepreneurship Conference and Contest

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5 April 2014

Starting at 8:30 am


Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College

DV14: Leaders Always Decide

"An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes correctly, but always decides."
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.

Entrepreneurship Contest

DV Entrepreneurship Contest 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

Click here to download contest rules and submission requirements.

Startup Showcase

DV Startup Showcase is back too! Do you need new industry contacts to get to the next level? Are you looking for potential investors or customers? How would you like to put your prototype or project on display to a very relevant audience? The Startup Showcase is the perfect spotlight! You’ll get a stand right on the conference floor, where everything is happening.
The rest is up to you!

Submit your application to the Startup Showcase by emailing Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tuck with a one page executive summary about your startup/project, including at least one team member’s Dartmouth affiliation.

Important date to remember: Submission deadline is 1 March, 2014

For any questions about the contest or showcase please email Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tuck.

More about DV14 Theme

The 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.

DV14 is brought to you by

Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN)
Dartmouth Innovation Center & New Venture Incubator
Dartmouth Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer
Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tuck
Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship
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Note: Registration fees support the 'People's Choice' prize for the entrepreneurship contest. Conference participants vote by casting their chip after the final contest round on Saturday, 5 April. The team with the most chips wins the 'People's Choice' prize which will be announced with the rest of the prizes at the closing mixer.

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