Walsh College


Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Walsh College Celebrates Global Entrepreneur Week
Experts within the investor and entrepreneur communities will join Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron and members of Walsh College’s Blackstone LaunchPad team on Monday, November 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Walsh College’s Walshpreneur Fair and Reception.

The public is invited to the college’s Troy campus to attend the annual event, which celebrates Global Entrepreneur Week and offers valuable insight to the intricacies of entrepreneurism. Featuring informative presentations, lively discussions and networking opportunities, the evening will also include refreshments and prizes.

Joining Bergeron as special guest speakers will be Tony Tolentino from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, discussing investments in entrepreneurship; Antoine Dubeauclard, president of Media Genesis, talking about digital strategies and tactics for startups and early stage companies; and angel and venture investor Terry Cross, speaking about Silicon Valley and Michigan start-ups and entrepreneurs - are they different?

Tolentino is the foundation administrator of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, which provided a grant to Walsh College and Wayne State University to open Blackstone LaunchPad programs at the two college campuses. Blackstone LaunchPad provides new venture assessment, mentoring and networking services to students and alumni to encourage entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Tolentino has been involved in the implementation of the foundation’s entrepreneurship initiative and the development of the Blackstone Connects community service program.

Dubeauclard manages the creative department at Media Genesis and provides strategic advice to the company’s accounts including Chrysler, Toyota Scion, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Development Program, the University of Michigan, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was a recipient of the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” award, honoring business leaders in southeast Michigan. Dubeauclard frequently writes and speaks on Internet related subjects and sits on several boards, including an advisory committee for the residential college at the University of Michigan. Dubeauclard has three citizenships, speaks and has taught in three languages.

Cross is a native Michigander who spent considerable time in Silicon Valley. He has invested in 44 venture deals including the following that became publicly traded: Novell, DSC Communications, Napster, PayPal, Inktomi, and Warehouse Club.  He was an angel round investor in Google. Since returning to Michigan, he founded Windward Associates, a capital formation advisory assisting young companies in connecting and growing in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan. Cross also devotes time serving as a venture coach through the Michigan Blackstone LaunchPad programs. He is currently Interim CFO of InfoReady Corporation of Ann Arbor.

About Walsh College and Wayne State University Blackstone LaunchPad
Funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and in partnership with New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, Automation Alley, University of Miami, Walsh College and Wayne State University - this program helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses. As the first of its kind in Michigan, it offers fully enrolled Walsh students and degreed Walsh alumni; and Wayne State University students - the opportunity to assess the feasibility of their ideas for starting and growing for-profit and non-profit ventures.