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 March 2014

'Trep Takeover returns for second entrepreneur event

'Trep Takeover returns for second entrepreneur event Three panelists will provide business insight.

Columbia College is quickly becoming a destination for aspiring entrepreneurs. It is a place for dreamers and realists alike who want to use their college experience to foster and launch their businesses through real-world experts — and a few investors, too.

In September 2012, the college announced the creation of the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship. On May 2, 2013, Columbia College hosted ’Trep Takeover, an evening made just for the startup community — those who want to get real answers from real experts. ’Trep is short for entrepreneur.

The first ’Trep Takeover raised awareness for the new Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as a new entrepreneurship major, which will be available in the fall of 2014.

The second annual ’Trep Takeover will take place Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Launer Auditorium. The student pitch competition is the same day from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bixby Lecture Hall.

Use the hashtag #TrepTakeover on Twitter to stay updated on what’s going on and join in on the conversation! Last year, the hashtagged content reached 1.12 million Twitter users.

This year’s panel members are:

Monica Mehta — Managing principal, Seventh Capital
Mehta is one of the nation’s leading experts on small business. She has appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and is a regular contributor to Inc. and Entrepreneur.

Jonah Lupton — Serial entrepreneur and angel investor
Lupton has been named to CNN Money’s 25 most influential tech investors on Twitter. He hosts the podcast “Startup Sense” and has contributed to Entrepreneur.

Monika Rydzewski — Video marketing expert and founder of Connect. Inspire. Grow.
Rydzewski is a “videopreneur” who helps companies bolster their online presence by telling their story more effectively through video. She has been recognized by the Chicago Tribune as a “video marketing expert.”