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Speakers Schedule Announced

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November 5, 2018

This year, the UMD Entrepreneurship Conference has expanded to two days: Nov. 7 and 8.

UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) will present the fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, November 7, from 10 am–3 pm and Thursday, November 8, from 10 am–2 pm in UMD's Marshall Performing Arts Center. The conference is open to the public and free to students, registration is required at

The Conference schedule is:

Wednesday, November 7 from 9 am - 3 pm in UMD's Marshall Performing Arts Center

9:15 - 9:45 am: CHECK-IN


Dr. Amy Hietapelto, Dean of UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Alexandra Ulland, Conference Director

10:05 am: DON WEGMILLER, Chairman C-Suite Resources and Former CEO of Alina Health

11:00 am: DAVID RUSSICK, Founder of Gopher Angels LLC

12:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm: AMALIA MORENO-DAMGAARD, Founder and CEO of Amalia LLC and Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

2:00 pm: AMANDA LAGRANGE, CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts

Thursday, November 8 from 9 am-2 pm in 
UMD's Marshall Performing Arts Center

10 am: TOM SEGA, President and Operating Partner of Duluth Pack

11 am: ELIZABETH ROSS, President and CEO of Periscope

12 pm: LUNCH

1 pm: TECH PANEL featuring:

Bharat Pulgam- Co-Founder of MXERS Audio, Vitrose Health, and Runerra

Sam Lerdahl– Founder of EduPass and Co-Founder of Generation.MN and Runerra

Meghan Sharkus– Founder of ExpressionMed

Phil Xiao– Co-founder and CEO of HOMI

Appo Agbamu– Founder of

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“The fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference at UMD is a forum that features successful local, regional, and national entrepreneurs with different ages, backgrounds, and industries. This two-day conference offers an opportunity for the students and community to hear and learn from entrepreneurial leaders who will share their stories and insights, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit comes in many forms.” says Conference Director Allie Ulland

About the Entrepreneurship Conference

The UMD Entrepreneurship Conference started in 2015 based on an idea from UMD LSBE Dean Amy Hietapelto. The conference is completely student run, with the help and guidance of Nicole Wilde, Instructor in LSBE’s Department of Marketing.

Allie Ulland, a senior at LSBE majoring in Marketing and minoring in Communication is this year’s Conference Director. “The student-run planning committee consists of 18 motivated, passionate students. As a committee, our goal was to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship, and show to students and community members that it’s something that anyone, at any age or with any background, can have," Allie says. 

LSBE is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious distinction. In Northeastern Minnesota, LSBE is the only school to have attained the AACSB accreditation. Its website is