One of my favorite days of the year is when the AZEC photos are posted by our photographer. This year, looking back at the photos on Flickr from the Fifth Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference on 11/17/10 at the Desert Willow Conference Center is no exception. Over 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders gathered to connect, share, and engage while raising money to help others in our community find new hope and opportunities along the path of entrepreneurship.
As part of our continuing series on student take aways from AZEC10, here’s a great message to keep in mind… It’s OK to be different.
Attendee take-aways from AZEC10
Each year at AZEC, students from our Arizona universities are sponsored by members of our entrepreneurial community to attend, connect, learn, share and engage. It is part of OTEF’s philosophy that to build a strong community you invest in it. And when we do, we pay it forward to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Audience Experiences from AZEC10
Each year at AZEC, members of our entrepreneurial community sponsor student entrepreneurs to connect, engage and learn with seasoned veterans, venture capitalists, angels, and thought leaders. Joining us this year was Austin Frogge, co-founder of www.CrayonstoDiplomas.com . One of the “next generation” of entrepreneurs, Austin and his co-founder Boris Fowler started Crayons to Diplomas to start a conversation about fundamental flaws in the education system. Students have valuable input and feedback that can better universities and schools, and entrepreneurs are well positioned to implement and bring about a necessary change. They describe their purpose like this:
People you will meet at AZEC10
The Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference, AZEC10, is one of the premiere events for entrepreneurs in the Southwest. On November 17th, at the Desert Willow Conference Center will bring together national thought leaders, local CEOs, and entrepreneurs to share ideas, connect, and engage.
Did you know that AZEC is more than just a conference? It is the primary funding source for OTEF, the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, an organization that provides entrepreneurial education, mentoring and support to members of our community that are at-risk? OTEF was founded in 2005 when three friends, Francine Hardaway, Ed Nusbaum, and Rob Dunaway.