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February 2009: Keith Herndon to Host "Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit" at UGA Atlanta Alumni Center.

Atlanta, GA (February 12, 2009) - Fostering innovation among the state's entrepreneurs is essential to restoring economic growth. The University of Georgia's "Entrepreneurs and Innovation" Summit will provide attendees with insight into the innovation process and practical advice about raising capital, protecting intellectual property and creating a culture that promotes innovative thinking.

The event's luncheon speaker is world-renowned scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Steven Stice, a UGA Eminent Scholar and founder of three biomedical companies, who will discuss his experiences as the first scientist to clone calves and the entrepreneurial endeavors that have come from his ongoing stem cell research. The event is hosted by UGA alum Keith Herndon and all pre-registered attendees will receive a copy of his recent book, "Entrepreneurs and Innovation: Creating Value with Emerging Technologies."

Other program participants include Karen Lennon, a UGA alum who epitomizes the innovative entrepreneur as the winner of the first-ever Emmy Award given for interactive television; Alan Koenning, a UGA alum who is a corporate venture capitalist with UPS and manager of its Strategic Enterprise Fund; Chris Hanks, director of the UGA Terry College of Business' entrepreneurship program and John R. Harris, an attorney and expert on intellectual property law.

"The current economic climate makes this Summit a very timely event. It is important for our state's entrepreneurs to come together as a community and to learn from one another about innovation and how to take advantage of an innovative process and culture," said Hanks, director of the Terry College's entrepreneurship program, which is also a sponsor of the program. "It is important for programs like ours at the state's flagship university to lead in this outreach effort. The spirit of innovation remains intact, but entrepreneurs realize they have less margin for error and that gaining critical knowledge is essential."

To register for the event, please click here, or go to:, click on the event registration link and navigate to the February calendar. For more information, please contact Meredith Carr, Director of the UGA Alumni Association Atlanta Alumni Center, at or 404-266-2622. You also can contact Keith Herndon at or 678-534-2643.

Event Details and Schedule:

Presented By: The Terry College of Business Entrepreneurship Program and the UGA Alumni Association with sponsorship funding by Morris, Manning & Martin, LLC.

Date and Time: February 12, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: The UGA Atlanta Alumni Center, 3333 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Note: This is the South Tower of the Atlanta Financial Center).

Cost: $20 for UGA Alumni Association members; $30 for non-members. Currently enrolled UGA students can attend at no charge.

Program Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration and Networking

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Panel Discussion

Topic: "Seizing the Moment: How Entrepreneurs Can Win with Innovation"

Moderator: Keith Herndon, President, Internet Decisions LLC and interviewer/editor of the new book "Entrepreneurs and Innovation: Creating Value with Emerging Technologies."

Panelists: Karen Lennon, CEO, Beyond Z Interactive Media
Alan Koenning, Fund Manager, UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund
Chris Hanks, Director, Terry College of Business Entrepreneurship Program

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break and Networking

11:00 a.m. - Noon: Critical Knowledge Presentation

Topic: "Protecting Intellectual Property - Insights into the Legal Process"
Presenter: John R. Harris, Partner, Technology/Intellectual Property Group of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLC

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon, Presentation and Closing Remarks

Luncheon Presentation: "Creating the Future as a Scientist and Entrepreneur"
Presenter: Steven Stice, Ph.D., UGA Eminent Scholar, Director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center and Chief Scientific Officer, Aruna Biomedical