The Kai Entrepreneurship Speaker Series brings in entrepreneurs and investors from around the country to the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, CT. Speakers present and engage in lively discussions on entrepreneurship and technology that are open to the student body. The series strives to bring in a diverse group of individuals that are making a positive impact in the world and are leaders of social change. 

Past Speakers

Daniel Gross

Daniel Gross is a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management, an investment management firm focusing in renewable energy with over $85 billion in assets under management. 

Maria Sendra

Maria Sendra is a partner in the Private Equity practice at Jones Day, building an emerging technologies practice which helps companies to scale innovation globally by leveraging capital markets, private equity, and technology relationships in key jurisdictions around the world. 

Joe DiNucci

Joe DiNucci is a veteran of 32 years in Silicon Valley, working with companies from 2 to 120,000 people, in technology, financial services, consulting, education, the sciences, entertainment, and the arts; from sales exec to general manager to president.

Erin Boggs

Erin Boggs is the executive director of Open Communities Alliance. She has worked on issues of equity, particularly in the context of housing, for almost 20 years. 

J. Dontrese Brown

J. Dontrese Brown is the former creative director at the North American HQ of victorinox swiss army north, and is on the board of directors for American institute of graphic arts, CT.

Greg Horowitt

Greg Horowitt is the Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on technology and healthcare sectors, and the co-author of the bestselling book, β€˜the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley.’


Brian Wong

Brian Wong is the CEO of Kiip, a reward platform and mobile app that makes use of moments of achievement and turn them into a marketing opportunity by giving users relevant rewards. Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, he launched Kiip in 2010 at the age of 19. 


Oladoyin Oladapo

Oladoyin Oladapo is a 24-year old New York-based Nigerian-American writer. Doyin is the Creator of Girl to the World books, a series of multicultural books that showcase the world of possibilities for girls and their dreams


Kohzy Koh

Kohzy Koh is an experienced interaction designer based in NYC with a special interest in urban issues, waste management, designing for disability, and artificial intelligence. He designs, prototypes, and builds across a wide range of mediums: digital, hardware, service, and print.