“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrepreneurship,will speak at Wells about her journey and the difference that you can make in the world. Her talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall. This event is part of Entrepreneurship Week 2017 at Wells, presented by the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.
Prevette teaches creativity, innovation, and design thinking to some of the country’s biggest business leaders. Her new project, Future Design School (FDS), is transforming education by fostering entrepreneurship in a classroom setting. The mission of FDS is to empower all individuals to be creators and help turn great ideas into meaningful innovation. FDS is currently running in four cities, with plans for major expansion this year.
After running product development and marketing for a large software company (which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008), Prevette founded Sprouter; the world’s first online community providing real-time advice to startups. The platform was acquired in 2011 and she went on to build BetaKit—a popular technology news site that was acquired in 2013. She joined forces with talented business leaders from some of the world’s top companies like LEGO, Virgin and Starbucks to co-found BrandProject—a firm actively investing in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries.
Prevette was named one of the top entrepreneurs in North America by Inc Magazine and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. She is frequently in the media and has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Wired, among many others. Her advice can be found in her monthly column “Founders Notes” and in a major new reality series about entrepreneurs, Quit Your Day Job, which debuted in March 2016.
Students who attend the Entrepreneurship Week events are eligible for door prize raffles that include laptops, Visa and Amazon gift cards, and more. The Sullivan Center would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors: E. Margie Matthews Filter Hostetter ’62 Fund and M & T Bank Foundation.