Entrepreneurship & Community: What Can We Learn From Silicon Valley?


January 23, 2020 to January 23, 2020
06:30 PM untill 08:00 PM


Entrepreneurs and startup founders can learn a lot from Silicon Valley. Come join us as we hear from Stanford University Professor of Entrepreneurship and Yiftee CEO Donna Novitsky, FGCU School of Entrepreneurship Director Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Naples Princess CEO Jenny Gezella, and Naples Accelerator entrepreneur Eric Altoe, founder of The NaplesCard. They’ll discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in our community and how to build your business.
Donna Novitsky, Yiftee’s CEO, will talk about her experience as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. She’ll also share her vision of “Gifting Local” and how the gift-card industry can make a positive impact on our community. Hear more about her here and Yiftee here. (This is the technology used for TheNaplesCard.) Dr. Sandra Kauanui, director of the School of Entrepreneurship at FGCU, will explain how FGCU’s program is serving as a catalyst for entrepreneurship in Southwest Florida. Jenny Gezella, CEO of the Naples Princess, will represent the Hoffman Family Companies and will talk about being an entrepreneur who operates small businesses in Southwest Florida. Naples Accelerator entrepreneur Eric Altoe, founder of The NaplesCard, will be the moderator.

The event is $10 for Naples Accelerator members and students and $20 for the public. All attendees will receive a $10 gift card (TheNaplesCard), which is redeemable at several participating businesses in Collier County.


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Naples, 34105, FL, US

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