2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Launched From a Dorm Room

Friday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon B
500 E 4th St

Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Evan Spiegel. These are just some of the storied entrepreneurs who’ve launched a startup while in college – and ultimately dropping out as Facebook, Microsoft, and SnapChat found success. So what is it about student entrepreneurs? And do you have to drop out?

Join three successful Yale entrepreneurs who launched their startups while still in school – and graduating – who discuss the pros and cons of being a student while founding a tech company. What tactics did they use as student founders that may not have been available to their graduated counterparts? How did they balance their growing business and classes?

This session explores why students should consider starting a company while in school, what sets student entrepreneurs apart, and advice and lessons learned from those who’ve successfully navigated its challenges.


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Alena Gribskov

Program Dir

Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

Alena Gribskov is the Program Director at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where she leads extracurricular programs to recruit, instruct, and support student entrepreneurs. As director of the fl...

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David Luan



Jessica Cole

Outreach Dir

Panorama Education

Jessica Cole builds technology that makes us better citizens. She currently serves as Outreach Director at Panorama Education, a Y Combinator company, for feedback surveys and analytics for K-12 sc...

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Victor Wong



Victor Wong is the CEO of PaperG, a creative management platform that users can customize, collaborate on, and learn from their ad creatives. It's technology has been called by Forbes as "literally...

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