* Krannert Entrepreneurship and Venture Club
* Endocyte
* Centerfield Capital
* Kemmer Consulting
* Indiana Venture Center
* Krannert School of Management

March 9, 2007

Purdue Entrepreneurial Symposium features Indiana companies

Scott Molander
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Purdue University's Krannert Entrepreneurship and Venture Club will feature business leaders from several successful Indiana firms on March 23 at the sixth annual Purdue Entrepreneurial Symposium.

"The symposium provides a bridge between students, faculty, venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs to generate opportunities for all involved," said Christopher Rains, a Purdue MBA candidate and one of the symposium's organizers.

The symposium, which will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the third floor atrium of Rawls Hall, is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online at

The keynote speaker will be Scott Molander, founder and ex-CEO of Hat World, a company begun in Lafayette, Ind., that later grew to more than 500 stores before it was sold to Genesco for $177.4 million. Molander left the company following the sale, and in 2005 he launched his second company, The Simple Furniture Co. The company manufactures modern-style, ready-to-assemble furniture through retail outlets and online.

In addition to the keynote speaker, a panel will discuss startup and growth. The panel includes Ron Ellis, chief executive officer of Endocyte, a Purdue Research Park-based biotechnology company that develops targeted cancer treatments; Scott Lutzke, partner with Centerfield Capital, an Indianapolis venture capital firm, and the state's largest small business investment company; Carole Kemmer, senior professional in human resources and owner of Kemmer Consulting, a Lafayette, Ind.-based human resources consulting firm; and Jeff Ready, serial entrepreneur and resident entrepreneur with the Indiana Venture Center, a privately funded not-for-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for the creation and growth of entrepreneurial, high-growth businesses in Indiana.

The Entrepreneurship Club is based at the Krannert School of Management, but membership is open to all Purdue students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring the symposium. The center brings together existing entrepreneurial efforts on campus, including technology transfer activities and other entrepreneurial competitions, speakers and events. The center also serves as a resource for Purdue researchers to commercialize their discoveries and as the intellectual center of education on, and discussion of, entrepreneurial philosophy and issues.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Sources: Christopher Rains, (765) 714-2356,

Burton D. Morgan Center, (765) 494-6400

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