Past Events

Guha Bala and Jan-Erik Steel Shared Their Creative and Entrepreneurial Journey

Accomplished game technology developers Guha Bala and Jan-Erik Steel shared their creative and entrepreneurial journey on February 26th about when they developed versions of games such as Guitar Heroes and Skylanders, as well as Tony Hawk's games.


Heidi Neck: Faculty Seminar, Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Babson professor Heidi Neck led a faculty seminar on Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines on December 1st, discussing how entrepreneurship education is no longer reserved for the niche student population in business schools. Attendees learned the best practices and two adaptable classroom activities. This event was open to all faculty from all disciplines and sponsored by the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence.


Rick Klauser: Alumni Success Series presented by Development & Alumni Relations Office

Rick Klauser (’85), CEO of Sprout Foods, Inc., shared insights on leadership and career success in the food and beverage industry as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 14th. This session, which was part of the Alumni Success Series presented by the Development & Alumni Relations Office, was presented by Knight Class, the Honors Leadership Program, and the Roundtable Society.


Jeff Wenzel and Shawn Neal from the Woodshed Agency

Jeff “Fuzzy” Wenzel and Shawn Neal of the Woodshed Agency (Detroit, MI) visited campus on November 13 to share the secrets of creating and running a successful crowdfunding campaign through an interactive session.

Wenzel is a digital and social media expert, project manager and business developer who has created and maintained a social media presence for over 450 client projects on multiple social media platforms. He is a co-founder of Groovebox Studios, a S.E. Michigan based music and digital media company that has established them as crowdfunding pioneers with over 300 successful campaigns to their credit. Jeff also seeks out and maintains collaborative relationships for his digital properties between companies, sponsors and clients. Credits include Volkswagen, Moncur, Detroit Design Center, Motor City New Years Eve, Camp Casey and North Star Media.

Shawn Neal is a crowdfunding expert, content creation professional and expert storyteller who is a repeat champion of The Moth StorySLAM. As co-founder of Groovebox Studios, Shawn leads the strategy and development of over 300 successful crowdfunding campaigns that have raised over $2 Million and counting. His career began at Apple where he worked as a training, branding and sales consultant for five years. In his work as a content creation professional, Shawn has filmed and edited over 2,000 music and commercial videos, documentaries and television series including “Under The Radar Michigan” on PBS. Clients include Compuware, Heil Sound, The Metro Times, Youth Violence Prevention Initiative of Detroit, and World AIDS Day Detroit.


Ken Camarco Class of '85 - President and Founder, Boundless Breakthroughs LLC

Ken Camarco ('85), President and Founder of Boundless Breakthroughs LLC, spoke about Alumni success and business on October 24th. Camarco is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive global experience leading manufacturing and technology companies. He has specialized in high-growth commercial expansion with a focus on developing enduring customer and partner relationships and has delivered innovative new products and world-class services that afford a sustainable competitive advantage. Ken’s experience includes merger and acquisition integration, and he has a broad and deep understanding of strategy and organizational development and an affinity for successfully applying new technologies that benefit customers and shareholders across multiple global industries, channels and cultures. As a student, Ken was involved with WCKN TV and WNTC/WTSC. He now serves as a trustee of Clarkson University.


Andreas Resmini: Design Master Class for Faculty

Andreas Resmini led a Design Master Class for Faculty on October 1st where he argued that studio space and studio processes should not stop at the physical boundaries of the room or the building, but rather extend outside to embrace the way people move from a mobile app to a human agent to a physical appliance and back at will. The resulting blended space of action also extends into the devices we use in and out of the makerspace, and into our homes, cars, and airport lounges.

During the class, Resmini described the work being done at the Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Jönköping, Sweden, and how this reflects studio developments around the world. He framed the design of the studio space and studio processes from the perspective of three specific ongoing shifts: the design shift from digital to post-digital, the technological shift from screens to embodiment and the social and cultural shift from postmodernism, citationism, and authorship to digimodernism, evanescence, conversations, and multiple anonymous ownership.


President Tony Collins: Igniting Leadership at Clarkson University

President Tony Collins talked about “Igniting Leadership at Clarkson University” on October 5th, reflecting upon his experience as a leader in higher education, first as principal investigator in his labs, and then as Provost and President of Clarkson. In particular, he focused on how innovative leaders work to identify opportunities in the ever changing landscape, and then to mobilize the necessary resources and motivate key personnel to get things done.


JP Allen, PhD Guest Speaker

University of San Francisco professor JP Allen visited Clarkson after being hosted by the Bank of Canada Conference on Digitalization and the Economy, where he delivered a keynote address related to his new book: Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World. At Clarkson, he shared what makes him passionate about open source innovation—insights on the digital revolution, opportunities and challenges in the space, and concerns in a digital economy.

See a brief of his keynote below.

Three-Day Startup

Three-Day Startup 72-hour campus workshop held September 22-24, 2017 taught entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.  The 3DS Program included the following:

  • Bootcamp: Participating students met, were introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learned best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.
  • Day 1: Participants arrived – with or without startup ideas – and a facilitator led the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams worked late into the night and others preferred to rest up in preparation for day 2.
  • Day 2: Day 2 placed heavy emphasis on business model generation. Teams focused on customer discovery (where they hit the streets –– or the phones –– and talked to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions.
  • Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) led into final pitches/demos before a panel of mentors and investors.