KAE lets alumni share business success
85 percent of the Kellogg School's entrepreneurship majors
entering the field at some point after graduation, alumni
have launched a rich variety of successful businesses. A recent
initiative from the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial
Practice lets faculty and students explore these ventures
while alumni share critical insights about their accomplishments
in starting, owning or running a business.
a Kellogg entrepreneur's business is more than a year old
and has revenues and its own offices, alumni may contact the
Levy Institute and request a "Tour de KAE" visit
with Kellogg faculty and students.
de KAE ("Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneurs") recognizes
the world of successful Kellogg alumni entrepreneurs and helps
maintain a mutually beneficial relationship among professors,
alumni and students. It gives graduates a unique chance to
showcase their successes, and it lets Kellogg students explore
the real-world details behind the venture. During a typical
hour-long visit, alumni present an overview of their business,
giving a tour of the facilities and introducing employees.
The atmosphere is warm and celebratory, while also being educational.
was a great experience," says Tour de KAE participant
Frank Muscarello '03, the CEO of Chicago-based Vision
Point of Sale Inc. "Any time you can get recognition
or give recognition, it's a special thing."
says that the program feels like a natural extension of the
Kellogg School's team-oriented environment: "Kellogg
backs up everything they say and do with programs to help
the entrepreneur. The network really begins when you start
at Kellogg, and it only grows from there," Muscarello
Kellogg entrepreneurs who have recently participated in Tour
de KAE include Jim Reynolds '82 of Loop Capital Markets,
Tom Bedecarre '81 of AKQA Inc., Adam Kaplan '01
of Model Metrics, Jai-Jai Greenfield '98 of Harlem
Vintage, and David Weinstein '00 of
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
a complete list of participants and more information on Tour
de KAE and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program's commitment
to continuing education, please visit Entrepreneurship
and Innovation Program Web site.
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