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Ann Arbor Spark

November 16, 2010

Entrepreneurial Programs in Austin, Texas

Another beautiful day in Austin. After walking around downtown and seeing some beautiful views in the downtown park alongside the river it was time to meet with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas. Amanda Chiampi and Eugene Sepulveda are doing some pretty amazing things around Austin. The community involvement and leadership projects really give back to the area. It was my second time hearing about Lemonade Day, an annual event that teaches kids about the entrepreneurial spirit. Check it out , www.lemonadeday.org, should Ann Arbor participate? Time for another great tex-mex lunch at Chuy’s. It looked like it should be in Detroit with hubcaps all over the ceiling and photos of classic cars on the walls. Onto our next meeting with TECH RANCH Austin to talk with Kevin Koym and Graham McFarland. These serial entrepreneurs sure keep themselves busy running the ranch. The community they have built is truly an environment that encourages companies to work together towards success. Finally it is time for our MichAGAIN event! An enthusiastic group of alumni gathered at Sullivan’s Steakhouse to hear about the great things that are happening in Michigan. There were updates given from John Hill, Director of MSU Alumni Career Services and Farnam Jahanian, Professor at the University of Michigan and Founder of Arbor Networks. Closing the presentation out was LeRoy Newland, Recruiting Leader at GE. He really stole the show with the tour of GE’s Grace Lake Corporate Center. With many IT career opportunities available alumni were excited to consider MichAGAIN!