Title of Webinar: Academic Entrepreneurs (AEs) Webinar Series: An Entrepreneur's Life: Creating, Developing, and Funding Startups in a University Setting

NEXT WEBINAR: November 13, 2019 at 1pm ET

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR SERIES: The Academic Entrepreneurs (AEs) webinar series features students, faculty, researchers, alumni, and staff who have founded startups in their universities. Each webinar gives a firsthand look at the risks and rewards of building companies, the opportunities and support open to them in the university setting, the challenges of finding funding and investors to grow their companies, and how they succeeded or failed in sustaining the companies they created.

parsaParsa Rezvani
University of California Los Angeles
Founder and CEO, Tutorfly

Parsa’s background is in strategic consulting and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and entrepreneurship from UCLA, and was a 2018 All-American athlete for Collegiate Men’s Club Volleyball in 2018. He placed 2nd in UCLA Anderson's Knapp Venture Competition, as the 1st undergraduate student to ever make it past the semifinals of the competition. He has participated in the 2017 Startup UCLA Accelerator Program as well as received the 2018 Barry & Meredith Eggers Seed Fund Prize, awarded to a top entrepreneurial student each year from UCLA.

About Parsa's company: Tutorfly is a peer to peer tutoring platform that pairs high school and university student tutors with younger students in in need of tutoring. Parents log on to tutorfly.org and can filter by subject, class, and teacher in order to find a local or online tutor that has already aced the exact same class as the parent’s child. Tutorfly has tutors at over 200 schools throughout California, and is poised to bring affordable, effective tutoring to an increasingly large number of communities nationwide in the coming year. Additionally, the company prides itself on its social impact, working with PTA groups, school administrators, and charities to raise money via academic camps and tutoring fundraisers whereby Tutorfly Tutors volunteer their time to raise money for the programs that they choose. Parsa Rezvani is the Founder & CEO of Tutorfly, and was a peer tutor himself throughout his high school and college years at Homestead High School and UCLA.

Bob Hisrich, PhD
Bridgestone Professor of International Marketing
Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs at College of Business
Kent State University

Dr. Robert D. Hisrich is the Bridgestone Professor of International Marketing and the Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs at College of Business, Kent State University. He has been involved in the startup of numerous global companies. Professor Hisrich received his BA from DePauw University, his MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and honorary doctorate degrees from Chuvash State University (Russia) and the University of Miskolc (Hungary). Prior to joining Thunderbird, Dr. Hisrich held the A. Malachi Mixon, III Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Nominate an academic entrepreneur for this series and book.

We are looking for academic entrepreneurs who started their own companies in their universities to feature in this webinar series and for an upcoming book: "Creating an Ecosystem for Academic Entrepreneurship" authored by Robert D. Hisrich (Bridgestone Chair of International Marketing, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs College of Business Administration, Kent State University) and Tony Stanco (Executive Director, NCET2). If you are or know of a faculty member, researcher, staff or student who started a a company while being employed by or attending a university, send us a profile: http://ncet2.org/nominationform

The National Angels was created specifically to fund University Startups. The National Angels invests in companies in the following technical areas: Pharma/Med, Chemicals & Clean Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, and Information & Communication Technology. Investments range from $150,000 to $2 million. To Submit: Send your non-confidential pitch deck to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submissions reviewed weekly. https://nationalangelsusa.com

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Vice Presidents of Research, University TTOs, Open Innovation Officers, Researchers, Students, Faculty, Entrepreneurs, Startups, Angel Groups, VCs, Chief Innovation Officers, University Venture Funds, University Angel Groups, Federal Labs, Government Agencies, SBIR/STTR Companies, SBDCs, State and Regional Economic Agencies, Accelerators, Incubators

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking here

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