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Published 03/16/17

What does it mean to be an innovator? Start-Up Solutions panel will explore

Bryant University, recently ranked 6th in entrepreneurial studies by College Factual/ USA Today, will host a Start-Up Solutions - Entrepreneurship and Innovation panel on March 24. As part of Alumni Engagement Day, four entrepreneurs, three of them Bryant alumni, from a variety of industries will discuss what it takes to succeed in a demanding field that requires ingenuity, passion, and drive.

The panel, moderated by Trustee Professor of Management Michael Roberto, DBA, will discuss the role innovation plays in the business climate as well as the growing opportunities for entrepreneurs. Topics will include how entrepreneurs can successfully pitch their ideas to investors, how investors evaluate new ventures, and the challenges of scaling a venture.

The panelists are:

  • Daryl Crockett '82, President and CEO of ValidDatum. A recognized leader in data validation, data governance, and data migration, Crockett has a background as a highly innovative international consultant and executive with a wide variety of industry and implementation experience. She is also co-inventor of AMIGO™ software, a patent-pending implementation and information governance software.
  • David Donlan '00, Chief Revenue Officer for Crayon. As a sales leader, Donlan develops market intelligence strategies for mid-market firms and enterprises looking to increase sales and top-line revenue growth. Prior to Crayon, Donlan joined HubSpot in 2008, where he helped grow the company from 100 beta customers to more than 15,000, and from 20 employees to more than 1,000.
  • Rob Wadsworth P'19, Managing Director, HarbourVest. Responsible for more than 200 of HarbourVest’s direct investments, Wadsworth has served as a director on approximately 50 of those companies’ boards and focuses on direct co-investments globally. He manages many of the firm’s investment activities in the industrial, services, and information technology sectors and serves on the firm’s Global Investment Committee.
  • Matt Wilson ’08, co-founder, Under30Experiences, which, in just a short time, has grown to more than a dozen travel locations worldwide and 25+ local communities throughout the United States and Canada. Wilson also co-founded Under30CEO, a media site covering news, advice, trends, and events for young entrepreneurs.

The panel discussion begins at 10 a.m. in the Michael '67 and Karen L. Fisher Student Center.