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Tour de KAE lets alumni share business success

With 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.

If 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.

Tour 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.

"It 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."

Muscarello 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 says.

Other 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.

For 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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