The Second Annual Young Entrepreneur Convention is scheduled for April 21-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The event attracts entrepreneurs from across the Midwest for a series of keynote and breakout presentations, a pitch competition with prizes valued at $50,000, exhibitors, networking and more.
Michael Donnelly is among the speakers scheduled to offer a presentation at the event.
Michael Michael Donnelly has been planning memorable experiences since her 7th birthday party at Leaps n' Bounds. Now as CEO of VentureFWD, she carries the same tenacity as her 7-year-old self, and leads her team with the idea that "business gets done when people have fun."
Michael has been the force behind some of the Midwest's most popular large-scale tech and business events, including Techweek, FUND Conference, and her most recent endeavor, the VentureFWD (For Women & Diversity) Summit, shining a spotlight on the incredible work being done every day by women and minority entrepreneurs while creating a platform for discussion around seeking capital, diversifying teams, and effectively growing a business.
Her vibrant personality shines through in building creative campaigns for clients at Brandless, and on camera as an affiliate partner with Entrepreneur Media, where she creates content and reports live at national events for Entrepreneur Network. Additionally, Michael is the founder and co-host of re_define work, a growing digital resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Michael resides in Chicago with her pup Lux, serves on a few local boards including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and the mHUB Venture Board, and is all about the #scrappytosavvy life.
Tickets for the Young Entrepreneur Convention are $97 for general admission or $147 for VIP access. For information, to inquire about sponsor and exhibit opportunities, or to purchase tickets, visit youngentrepreneurconvention.com.
Jake Paul is the latest speaker to be added to an already high-powered lineup at YECDM.
Jake is an actor, entrepreneur, world-renowned entertainer runs furiously in the direction of his dreams. Those dreams are proving relatable to his 15 million social media followers, and through his 3.5 billion online video views. Jake is also a fixture in the acting world, starring as “Dirk” on Disney Channel's Bizaardvark, “Lance” in the YouTube Red Original Movie Dance Camp, and "Dugan" on Fox Digital's new movie Mono.
Jake is noted for his unparalleled work-ethic, and his business mind keeps him pouring hours into his entrepreneurial endeavors — from expanding on his social media outreach through his label Team 10, to pushing the envelope on content-creation, and even developing ancillary apps on his limited downtime.
Young Entrepreneur Convention
Returns to Des Moines April 21-22
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 7, 2017) -- After drawing nearly 500 attendees to Des Moines in its first year, the Young Entrepreneur Convention (YECDM) returns to the Iowa State Fairgrounds Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. The second annual event promises to bring the same mix of high energy speakers, an emphasis on networking, and a pitch competition offering tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale at youngentrepreneurconvention.com. General admission tickets are $97 and include a seat for the keynote addresses, the choice of one of a handful of breakout sessions, light refreshments, access to the exhibit hall and an invitation to the new Mo-Fo Throwdown – a mobile food truck competition – and the Hops & Handshakes networking event featuring locally brewed beers. VIP tickets are $147 and in addition to the above, includes a special networking opportunity with the YECDM team, premier seating for keynotes, expanded refreshment options and a commemorative YECDM t-shirt.
“We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback after last year’s event,” says Brandon T. Adams, one of the YECDM founders and the emcee for this year’s event. “Hearing from so many young entrepreneurs who benefitted from the convention encouraged us to grow the event this year. We are very excited about what we have in store for 2017.”
YECDM has already announced the following keynotes and breakout speakers for the event:
In addition to these, Adams says another 3-4 speakers will be announced in the days to come. Adams says the YECDM team is confident this year’s speaker lineup will bring just as much value as last year’s did. He adds that among the coming announcements is a big name, he’s just not at liberty to release it yet.
“It is a name young entrepreneurs will know,” Adams says. “It is an individual who is blazing a trail in a whole new way and attracting the attention and investment of venture capital firms across the country. We can’t wait to make the announcement.”
For more information about YECDM, Adams says to follow on social media by searching “YECDM” or visit youngentrepreneurconvention.com.
“We are about six weeks out from the event right now and there is still a ton we have to share,” Adams says, pointing out that availability will open soon on a special add-on networking and educational tour with limited availability held during the day on Friday, April 21.
“I encourage people to give us a follow to keep up on things and to purchase their tickets,” he continues. “This is the kind of event that can change the course of an entrepreneur’s journey. We saw it happen for a handful of attendees last year. And we know it is going to happen again this year.”
Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture…” - Ben Horowitz
A Must-Have for Entrepreneurs
By Clayton Mooney, Young Entrepreneur Convention
There are 168 hours in a week.
There’s a good chance you’re using around 50 of those hours for sleeping.
But what about the 120 hours you’re not sleeping?
Sure, throw out a few hours here and there for meals and showers (I hope), but you still have close to 100 hours remaining.
If you want to create anything of lasting value, especially a company from the ground up, you’re going to need to strive for having structure in your life--no matter how chaotic you believe your schedule to be.
Here are a few items that help me with structure, as I go about working 7 days a week:
I’ve been following Kevin Rose for quite sometime (really enjoyed his Foundation series), and in a recent one-a-month newsletter, he suggested Bullet Journaling. I had never heard of the concept, but wanted to see if it would compliment my scheduling well. I love it. It helps keep me calm as I sometimes feel overwhelmed with to-do lists. It helps paint a much clearer picture from month-to-month of what really needs to be accomplished. I believe any founder out there can benefit from bullet journaling--P.S. I just use a regular notebook; you don’t need anything fancy.
Ever since jumping back over to Ireland for a summer in a 2015, where I helped Startup Ireland plan a 20,000+ person series of startup events, I’ve been using Trello. It’s a virtual Post-it note board, and the desktop and mobile version are both smooth. I have boards for KinoSol, Nebullam, book work, the AgEI Student Business Incubator, and we even use it for mapping out YEC’s social media. If your venture has even one member who works remotely, Trello is your opportunity to keep everyone moving toward whatever it may be that your venture is striving for. I may be the number one fan of Trello in all of Iowa--you’ll often see me in my Trello shirt at local startup events.
If you’ve only heard of one of these three suggestions, it’s likely Slack. Slack is the dream messaging platform for the team. With multiple teams, in multiple ventures, in multiple locations, I have just as many Slack channels as I do Trello boards. Slack helps eliminate messy email chains, helps to better categorize day-to-day subjects, and like Trello, the desktop and mobile version are both smooth. And yes, some days I may get carried away by up-voting with cats or pandas, or the occasional Michael Scott GIF. It’ just another great way to communicate on Slack.
Speaking of communicating, notice a trend here with these suggestions?
It has to begin with yourself (Bullet Journal), encompass all of your company (Trello), and offer a voice to all of your team (Slack).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CLAYTON MOONEY
Before his entrepreneurial ventures began, Clayton had two careers. One in professional poker, where he played thousands of online tournaments and traveled to numerous countries for tour stops. The other in marketing writing for Fortune 500 companies, where he developed a skill set for creatively driving engagement.