Empower 2021: A virtual conference Celebrating Black Academic Entrepreneurship, September 23-24, 2021




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Explore the path to entrepreneurial success and positive societal impact for academic-driven innovations by Black faculty, graduate students, postdocs and other founders in deep tech and social sciences. 

Conference Highlights

Mike Froman and Gabrielle Sulzberger

Minding the Gaps <<>> Creating Opportunities

Mike Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard
Gabrielle Sulzberger, Senior Advisor, Two Sigma Impact; Trustee, Ford Foundation

Ken Chenault and Brent Henry

Leadership: Driving Change and Giving Hope

Ken Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director, General Catalyst
Brent Henry, Member, Mintz 

George French Jr / Ita Ekpoudom / Joseph DeSimone

Endnote Address

George French Jr., President, Clark Atlanta University

VC Panel Discussion

Ita Ekpoudom, Partner, GingerBread Capital

Perspectives on Academic Entrepreneurship and Diverse Innovation

Joseph DeSimone, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

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Read about all of our terrific speakers


Engage with experts across the three stages of university startups – starting, funding and scaling.


Network with fellow founders and investors in the commercialization of university-developed intellectual property.

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Celebrate with some of the nation's best academic spinouts during a pitch competition in which presenting companies will compete for significant cash and in-kind prizes. 

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To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Don Seitz at [email protected].

Empower is a Princeton University entrepreneurship conference hosted by Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, part of the Office of the Dean for Research and a partner of Princeton Innovation.


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