Full schedule announced for YEC19

The full schedule is now available for the Fourth Annual Young Entrepreneur Convention, set to take April 26-27 in Ames.

The featured talk will be delivered by Monika Black and Tomer Yogev. A married couple and co-founders of the executive coaching firm Tandem Spring, the duo will offer a fireside chat hosted by Des Moines entrepreneur Ben McDougal.

“The fireside will focus on the things founders don’t want to talk about – but absolutely need to—including mental health, dealing with failure, and overcoming the challenges common in the startup scene,” said YEC co-founder Andrew Zalasky. “Monika is dynamic and Tomer is a little more reserved. Together, they offer a totally unique dynamic that pushes the audience out of their comfort zone. I am excited to offer a forum for our attendees to think about more than the next milestone in the development of their product or service. I want them to gain insight on the importance of taking care of themselves and not focus only on the process of building.”

The opening keynote will be delivered by Mike Draper, founder of Iowa-based apparel retailer Raygun. Other keynotes include Robin Chase, founder of ZipCar; Ryan Gerhardy, founder of Pitchly; and Michael Lawrence, founder of BluJaket.

“This year’s event is focused on delivering information and motivation for college-aged and early-stage startup founders and entrepreneurs,” said co-founder Clayton Mooney. “All of the keynote presentations will be delivered by startup founders who have found commercial success. We want attendees to learn from someone who has walked the journey they are currently on. We want them to see themselves in those on stage.”

There are still a few spots open for the Pitch Competition, which will run throughout the day on April 27, with the final round being held on the main stage.

Registration requires the purchase of a ticket to the event. A waiting list will be compiled once the 30 spots have been filled. All participants in the pitch competition must have a ticket to attend YEC.

This year’s prize purse will exceed $50,000 in cash and prizes.