Entrepreneurship Week inspires students to pursue their passions in all fields

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Kyle Samani, an entrepreneur based in Austin, gave the opening talk for Entrepreneurship Week on Monday. He talked about how he started out collecting advice from professionals and now gives advice to students to pay it forward.

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For the past seven years, Entrepreneurship Week has featured a variety of opportunities for prospective venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and engineers to showcase their work and listen to relevant speakers in the field.

This year’s EWeek, hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency, kicked off on Monday with multiple keynote addresses. The speakers included a cryptocurrency capitalist and an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense. In total, the week will include more than 50 events, including panels and workshops themed around corporate innovation, design and creativity, health innovation and emerging technology.

“This year, Entrepreneurship Week is catered for everyone,” said Aanandh Chandrasekar, chemical engineering senior and Entrepreneurship Week team leader. “The idea is that any student that is passionate about any subject should be able to come in and find something that they find interesting.”

Chandrasekar said the diversity of events provides a way for attendees to learn more about the opportunities available to them in Austin while also finding something cool they can get excited about.

“Entrepreneurship does not just mean starting your own company,” Chandrasekar said. “It means solving a problem, and I think everyone does that to some capacity. So that’s who we’re catering to at these events, people who want to solve problems and make the world better.”

Daniel Miyares, management information systems senior and LEA executive director, said EWeek is valuable to people who are already working on a startup team or are planning on founding companies themselves because they can meet speakers who can help them grow their businesses.

“By presenting a variety of interests and a huge range of topics, I think that EWeek will inspire a lot of people to think that they can become involved in entrepreneurship with something that they’re passionate about, so that they don’t have to fit into this predefined stereotypical way of thinking about entrepreneurship and startups in general,” Miyares said.

Nicholas Staviski, petroleum engineering senior who attended Monday’s events, said he appreciated the quality speakers and their willingness to give back to students, because he believed their motives were purely to help entrepreneurs succeed in their endeavors.

“Entrepreneurship Week is just a great resource for me to meet people and get other people’s perspectives on the entrepreneurship aspects of the industry,” Staviski said. “It is definitely going to help me get contacts and different perspectives on doing things that I haven’t necessarily considered.”