Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Host: 
New York
Venue: 
The Paley Center
Address: 
25 West 52 Street
New York,
New York
10019

Join us for EnTERPreneurs in the City! Come newtork with fellow entrepreneurs and hear from a panel of successful Terps about the victories, challenges, resources and lessons learned in their business endeavors. Please see below for panelist bios.

Your registration includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.  RSVP online until January 26. After January 26, at-the-door registration will be available.

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Cost: 

Alumni Association Members: $25
Non-members: $35

RSVP by: 
January 26
Contact: 

For Questions:
Natalie Ross
Email: nross1@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.2939

Speaker Information

Moderator
julie lenzerJulie Lenzer
Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director, UM Ventures
is the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director of UM Ventures. She is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.

Most recently, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority focused on igniting the entrepreneurial culture and bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. During her short tenure, the MCE quadrupled its client base and saw the creation of new programs such as 3D Maryland, a leadership initiative connecting resources in additive manufacturing; the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator focused on Conscious Capitalism; and a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab and other leading research institutions. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Lenzer was also the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses using technology transfer.

Panelists
Jason CohenJason Cohen '96
Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands Inc.
Jason Cohen, Founder/Co-CEO, co-founded Mamma Says, Inc. in 1999, a food manufacturing company that produced biscotti. He grew the business from concept to gaining distribution at retail giants such as Costco, BJ’s and Trader Joe’s. In a few years, the company was able to establish a national brand where sales volume doubled year-over-year. In 2005, the business was sold to NONNIS Inc., a portfolio brand of Windpoint Partners for 4x revenue.

In 2005, Jason co-founded World Gourmet Marketing, creating better-for-you snacks under the flagship brand Sensible Portions, which included all-natural, low-calorie snacks such as Veggie Straws, Pita Bites and Multi Grain Crisps. Again, his strategic plan was to sell into large format retailers such as Costco first. He then moved on to vendors such as BJ’s, Wal-Mart, Sam’s, ShopRite, Safeway, SuperValu, etc. Under his management, the company achieved double-digit growth and became one of the fastest rising snack food industry purveyors. The company went from $4MM in sales in 2005 to just under $100MM in 2009. In 2010, World Gourmet (and the Sensible Portions brand) sold for $110MM to The Hain Celestial Group, one of the leading providers of organic and natural foods. While at Hain Celestial, Jason served as President of Club and Snack Division, and was responsible for executing the sales strategy for brands such as Terra, Garden of Eatin’ and Sensible Portions.

In 2011, Jason founded Rickland Orchards, the first shelf stable Greek yogurt brand. In October 2013, after sales soared to $50 million in just 18 months, the company was sold for $57.5 million to B&G Foods, a public company. In 2013, Jason partnered with the founders of SkinnyPop. SkinnyPop successfully went public in 2015 for 1.4 billion in shareholder value.

In 2014, Jason received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Excellence in Emerging category in the New Jersey region.

In January 2015, Jason co-founded Halen Brands, Inc., which quickly funded Chef’s Cut Real Jerky in March 2015. Halen Brands then purchased Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch in September 2015 partnered with Core Hydration in June 2016 and most recently acquired OWYN. In 2017 will launch From the Ground Up and Joyfuls.

In 2015 Jason and his wife Jamie created a Entrepreneurship Fund at the University of Maryland to assist the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.

In 2017 Jason was nominated to the University of MD Smith School Advisory Board and Mass Eye & Ear Advisory Board. In addition, Jason set up a foundation for Tinnitus Research at the University of Miami in 2016.

Jason has also invested, raised capital, and previously or currently holds Board Member positions for various companies, mostly in the consumer products space including: Dippin’ Chips and Mrs. Thinster’s, Voli Vodka, Pearl Media, and two apparel companies - Trukfit and Asphalt Yacht Club.
 

steven kreinSteven Krein, '92
CEO and Co-founder, StartUp Health
Steven Krein is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. He is the CEO and cofounder of StartUp Health, which is organizing, supporting and investing in a global army of Health Transformers. Prior to StartUp Health, Steven cofounded and led several technology companies including OrganizedWisdom, Promotions.com and Webstakes, a global online advertising, direct marketing, and technology company, which he took public on Nasdaq and grew to a $500M market cap before it was acquired by iVillage in 2002. Steven began his online career with Law Journal Extra!, now known as Law.com, the first online legal news website.

Steven is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, investor, advisor and entrepreneurial coach. Steven has been a keynote speaker at events hosted by American Hospital Association, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cleveland Clinic, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Lake Nona Institute, McKinsey and SLUSH, among others and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, FOX Business and The Today Show. Steven received his JD degree from Delaware Law School and BA degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Steven is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Metro New York Chapter and lives in NYC with his wife and three daughters.

Dr. Miriam Boer, PhD '11 Biochemistry
Founder and CTO of Sonify Biosciences, LLC
Dr. Miriam Boer is the founder of Sonify Biosciences, an ultrasound-based hyperthermia device company based in the Alexandria LaunchLabs incubator in New York City. Sonify is also a member of the ELabNYC 2018 cohort. Dr. Boer founded Sonify Biosciences in 2012 after receiving her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied mechanosensation in bacterial cell membranes. Prior to that, Dr. Boer studied chemistry at New York University and worked as a color and flavor chemist in international research and development at PepsiCo.