Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit
In an effort to recognize Auburn University's established and emerging business leaders and innovators, the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business created the Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit. The 2017 Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit is scheduled for March 30-31 at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center, features programming aimed at honoring alumni and students from each of Auburn University's 12 degree-granting colleges and schools:
- Tiger Cage: Similar to ABC's popular "Shark Tank," Tiger Cage challenges undergraduate and graduate
students to compete for funding and other prizes that will help them turn their big
ideas into thriving businesses. Competitors have the opportunity to receive mentorship
from successful alumni entrepreneurs and other experts before submitting proposals.
Learn more about the 2016 Tiger Cage winners. Learn more about the 2015 winners here.
- Top Tigers: Presented in partnership with Business Alabama magazine and the accounting firm Warren Averett, this program recognizes fast-growing businesses founded, owned, operated or led
by Auburn University alumni. Nominees are evaluated based on revenue growth and their
ability to operate in a manner consistent with the Auburn Creed. Learn more about
previous Top Tigers winners here.
- Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Open to alumni from each of Auburn University's colleges, the Hall of Fame inducted its first member in April 2015. The Hall of Fame awards program affords the opportunity to recognize the achievements of alumni who, by virtue of their entrepreneurial spirit, have made a significant impact in their professions. In addition to recognizing the career achievements of Auburn University alumni, the Harbert College of Business will also present individual awards in recognition of excellence -- the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneur Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown earned 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year honors, while Bellhops co-founder Cameron Doody was the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
2017 Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit Schedule
* All events at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center
Thursday, March 30
Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Gala (ticketed event)
5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Hall of Fame Reception, Hotel Rotunda (black tie/business formal event)
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Hall of Fame Dinner (honoring Hall of Fame inductee and individual award winners for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and the Spirit of Auburn Family Entrepreneurship Award), Hotel Ballroom
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Top Tigers Reception/Hall of Fame Gala After Party, Ballroom B
Friday, March 31
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Welcome breakfast and check-in, Hotel Rotunda
8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - Junior Tiger Cage Competition finals. High School students pitch their early-stage product and business concepts to a panel of judges, Auditorium (open to the general public)
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Tiger Cage competition finals. Auburn University students pitch early-stage product and business concepts to a panel of judges with a $10,000 grand prize on the line, Auditorium (open to general public)
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - AU LAUNCH Innovation Grant Program. Auburn faculty members compete in a business pitch competition, Auditorium (open to the general public)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Top Tigers Awards luncheon (ticketed event). Honors fast-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni. Winners are determined by percentage of revenue growth. The keynote speaker will be BELFOR Holdings CEO Sheldon Yellen. Location: Ballroom A
Tickets: Hall of Fame Gala and Top Tigers tickets may be purhcased at http://harbert.auburn.edu/tickets