The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE), at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), will present the fourth annual UMD Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, November 7, from 10 am–3 pm and Thursday, November 8, from 10 am–2 pm in UMD's Marshall Performing Arts Center. The conference is open to the public and free to students, registration is required at
The Conference schedule is:
Wednesday, November 7 from 9 am - 3 pm
UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center
9:15 - 9:45 am: CHECK-IN
Dr. Amy Hietapelto, Dean of UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Alexandra Ulland, Conference Director
10:05 am: DON WEGMILLER, Chairman C-Suite Resources and Former CEO of Alina Health
11:00 am: DAVID RUSSICK, Founder of Gopher Angels LLC
12:00 pm: LUNCH
1:00 pm: AMALIA MORENO-DAMGAARD, Founder and CEO of Amalia LLC and Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota
2:00 pm: AMANDA LAGRANGE, CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts
Thursday, November 8 from 9 am-2 pm
UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center
10 am: TOM SEGA, President and Operating Partner of Duluth Pack
11 am: ELIZABETH ROSS, President and CEO of Periscope
12 pm: LUNCH
1 pm: TECH PANEL featuring:
Bharat Pulgam- Co-Founder of MXERS Audio, Vitrose Health, and Runerra
Sam Lerdahl– Founder of EduPass and Co-Founder of Generation.MN and Runerra
Meghan Sharkus– Founder of ExpressionMed
Phil Xiao– Co-founder and CEO of HOMI
Appo Agbamu– Founder of
Visit for up-to-date speaker and schedule information
“The fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference at UMD is a forum that features successful local, regional, and national entrepreneurs with different ages, backgrounds, and industries. This two-day conference offers an opportunity for the students and community to hear and learn from entrepreneurial leaders who will share their stories and insights, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit comes in many forms.” said Conference Director Allie Ulland
About the Entrepreneurship Conference
The UMD Entrepreneurship Conference started in 2015 based on an idea from UMD LSBE Dean Amy Hietapelto. The conference is completely student run, with the help and guidance of Nicole Wilde, Instructor in LSBE’s Department of Marketing.
Allie Ulland, a senior at LSBE majoring in Marketing and minoring in Communication is this year’s Conference Director. “The student-run planning committee consists of 18 motivated, passionate students. As a committee, our goal was to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship, and show to students and community members that it’s something that anyone, at any age or with any background, can have," Allie said. 
LSBE is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious distinction. In Northeastern Minnesota, LSBE is the only school to have attained the AACSB accreditation. Its website is