Entrepreneur All-Star Event Set for April 6

Two outstanding panels of today’s entrepreneurial leaders — including Glen Meakem, the founder of FreeMarkets; Sunil Wadhwani, the CEO of iGATE; and Carl Cohen, Managing Director of Raptor LLC — will join Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and other entrepreneurial experts to share their insights at a lunchtime event 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP).

The panels, moderated by Karl Schieneman, the 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will offer lessons and information to current entrepreneurs on the success of start-up companies, and their lasting impact on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania region. The event is sponsored by:

ELifelines.org, an organization co-founded by Schieneman that connects new entrepreneurs with experienced entrepreneurial mentors at no cost;

H E L P Pittsburgh, Helping Entrepreneurs Learn from Peers, a free, Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur networking and support group; and

M2Technology: A web site and networking consulting business that created the web site www.elifelines.org as a portal for entrepreneurial news about Entrepreneurial Lifelines and HELP.

Panel One includes Tim Palucka, author of a 125-year history of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, speaking on the historical contribution of businesses in Pittsburgh and nationally; Frank Demmler Director of Innovation Works, speaking on his experiences as a present-day entrepreneur; and Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Chief Executive, speaking on the future of the region and how collaboration among entrepreneurs can help Pittsburgh be a center of innovation and leadership in commerce.

Panel Two consists of three entrepreneurs who have founded successful Pittsburgh-based businesses, including Glen Meakem, co-founder and CEO of FreeMarkets Onlin (now part of Ariba), Carl Cohen, Executive Managing Director of Raptor LLC and Sunil Wadhwani, CEO of iGATE.

The fee for the event is $25, $15 for students, and includes lunch.

All interested parties should contact ESWP to make reservations by visiting http://www.eswp.com/eswp/program.htm or by contacting ESWP at 412-261-0710, ext. 10.

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