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GE's Jeffrey Immelt to speak at Dartmouth Entrepreneurship Conference

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Contact Sue Knapp (603) 646-3661

On Saturday, April 24, Jeffrey Immelt, Dartmouth Class of '78, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, will deliver the keynote address at Greener Ventures 2004, Dartmouth's annual one-day entrepreneurship conference. Dartmouth President James Wright and New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson will open the conference, which is free to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center students, staff and faculty.

Greener Ventures 2004 will focus on "Trends & Opportunities." Attendees will learn how leaders in information technology, life sciences, venture capital and academia identify trends and extract the opportunities they present. The conference also includes panel discussions addressing a variety of execution and financing issues for entrepreneurs, including Team Formation, Bootstrapping, Exit Strategies and Making Tough Decisions.

"This year's Greener Ventures will help participants recognize and understand relevant trends in business and improve their sense for how to best take advantage of them when they see them," says Gregg Fairbrothers D'76, Director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network.

Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center faculty, students and staff can attend Greener Ventures for free, but online registration is required. Dartmouth alumni and individuals without a Dartmouth affiliation are charged $49 and $99, respectively, to attend. Lunch and a cocktail reception are included with registration. For the complete schedule, location information and to register, visit

More than 35 experts in business and entrepreneurship, many of them Dartmouth graduates, will participate in this year's conference, including

  • Bill Achtmeyer Tuck '81, co-founder, Chairman & Managing Partner, The Parthenon Group
  • Dana Callow Tuck '79, Managing Partner, Boston Millennia Partners
  • Mike Carusi Tuck '93, General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures
  • Jeffrey Citron, CEO and Chairman, Vonage, Inc.
  • Gregg Engles D'79, Chairman & CEO, Dean Foods Company
  • Bob Fleming D'78, General Partner and Co-founder, Prism Venture Partners
  • Michael Krupka D'87, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Steve Lazarus D'52, Managing Director, Arch Ventures
  • Rob McGrath D'82, Tuck'92, President & CEO, Private Retreats (2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist)
  • Bryan Roberts D'89, General Partner, Venrock Associates
  • Barbara Yanni, Vice President and Chief Licensing Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

Greener Ventures 2004 will also include a $5,000 business plan competition for Dartmouth-based startups.

Premier sponsors for Greener Ventures 2004 are Advanced Technology Ventures, Bain Capital, Borealis Ventures, and Prism Ventures. Workshop and Conference sponsors include Devine Millimet and McDermott, Will & Emery. Mike Gonnerman, Inc. is a supporting sponsor of Greener Ventures.

Greener Ventures is part of a community-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem which helps people learn and implement entrepreneurship. Among those participating are the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, a business incubator known as the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center. In addition, there are a number of venture capital and "angel" investor groups that have been active in funding local startups, including Borealis Ventures, Angeli Parvi, Granite State Angels, E-Coast Angels, First Run Investments, The Breakfast Club, North Country Angels, and other experienced local investors.

Organizers of Greener Ventures 2004 are the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network; the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship,Tuck School of Business; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Medical School; Thayer School of Engineering; and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Last updated: 04/09/04