University of Southern California

Marshall to Host Entrepreneurship Event in Bay Area
Silicon Valley Trailblazer Timothy Draper to Give Keynote Address; $17,500 at Stake in Business Pitch Competition
May 5, 2014 • by News at Marshall

USC Bay Area Marshall Partners will host Inside Entrepreneurship on Thursday, May 8, at Hero City at Draper University in San Mateo, Calif. The event will offer an inside look at today’s dynamic start-up and venture capital landscape with some of the field’s most acclaimed thought leaders. The keynote speaker will be Timothy Draper, founding partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the engine behind Draper University of Heroes. USC Marshall Entrepreneurship Studies students will compete for $17,500 in a business plan pitch competition judged by industry experts.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of our economy,” said James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business. “The Greif Center and Marshall Partners developed this event to fuel ideas by connecting members of the Marshall community—students, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends—with the latest information, the field’s leaders and each other.”

Silicon Valley trailblazer Draper will start up the event with a keynote address on entrepreneurship. His success stories with Draper Fisher Jurvetson include HotMail, YahooMail and Skype. In addition to his work as a global venture capitalist, Draper is an advocate for entrepreneurship and education, having founded BizWorld, a nonprofit educational program for children, and Draper University of Heroes, an immersive boarding school for students 18 to 24 years old, both dedicated to encouraging proactive entrepreneurship. Draper holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In a fast-paced pitch competition, USC Marshall Entrepreneurial Studies students will introduce their business ideas to a panel of judges, including Lloyd Greif, president and CEO of Greif & Co.; Ryan Limaye, managing director of technology investment banking at Goldman Sachs; Jeff Lipton, vice president of venture and strategic investments at Juniper Networks; Heidi Roizen, operating partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and entrepreneurship educator at Stanford University; and Tim Schar, managing director and head of technology, media and telecom equity capital at Wells Fargo Securities. The winning student team will take home a grand prize of $10K to jumpstart his or her business, while second- and third-place finishers will pocket $5K and $2.5K, respectively.

USC Marshall Partners is the premier academic support group of the USC Marshall School of Business and USC Leventhal School of Accounting, open to all who seek a connection to the schools. USC Marshall Partners is dedicated to keeping its members engaged and connected through its dynamic learning community and one of the most highly coveted global networks in business, the Marshall Trojan Family.

Sponsors of Inside Entrepreneurship include Hero City at Draper University, Draper University, Acxiom, the Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Juniper Networks, KPMG, Wells Fargo, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

About the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Greif Center is among the nation’s leaders in entrepreneurship education and research. Its faculty—a diverse mix of academics and entrepreneur practitioners—together offer undergraduate and graduate programs designed to help students acquire the tools, develop the skills and cultivate the mindset central to organizing, launching and managing successful new ventures. The programs have ranked consistently among the best in the nation. Business Week with U.S. News and World Report labeled the Greif Center as “one of the best Entrepreneurship programs” in the country.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.