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UK Hosts Bench-2-Business Digital Technology Event on April 5

Professor Jerry Kane
Professor Jerry Kane, Boston College

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2018) If you want to learn more about adapting your company to a changing technological landscape, an upcoming gathering on the University of Kentucky campus is designed for you. 

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) and the Executive MBA program, both part of UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, are co-hosting Bench-2-Business (bench to business): Achieving Digital Maturity from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Boone Faculty Center at 500 Rose St. on UK’s campus. This event is open not only to UK researchers, faculty and students, but also to the region’s entrepreneurial/investor community.

A presentation by guest speaker Gerald “Jerry” Kane, professor of information systems at Boston College, will discuss today's ever-changing digital landscape and how businesses can benefit by staying ahead of the curve. Kane serves as guest editor for digital business at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he researches and writes regularly on how digital technologies are changing organizations and business strategy.

“This event will be very educational and insightful for those individuals who seek to learn more about emerging technologies and digital business, and what they should be looking at as next steps in their own businesses,” said Warren Nash, executive director of the Von Allmen Center. “The B2B setting also provides a great networking opportunity for both university and community entrepreneurs to come together and exchange ideas, and discuss challenges which they may be facing in their own entrepreneurial journey.”

The event will also include a showcase of several of the VACE 2017 Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp teams displaying the marking materials they have developed to promote their products, services and/or technologies. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite team display, and the overall winner will win a cash award from VACE.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the event.

Admission is free and faculty, researchers, postdocs, staff, students, investors and community members are invited. An RSVP is required due to limited seating capacity. Click here to register.

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