Entrepreneur of the Year to be honored at NYC entrepreneurship conference
By Kathy Hovis
Jessica Rolph ’97 MBA ‘04, the 2021 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, will be one of the featured speakers for the 2021 Eclectic Convergence conference Nov. 12 at Cornell Tech in New York City.
Rolph is co-founder and CEO of Lovevery, a stage-based learning and play essentials company. After earning her MBA, Rolph co-founded organic baby food brand Happy Family, which was acquired by Group Danone in 2013. During that time, Rolph also co-founded the Climate Collaborative, a nonprofit organization helping companies in the natural products industry take meaningful steps toward reversing climate change.
Five other speakers will highlight the event, including Colin Walsh ’90 and Ryan Hudson ’02. Walsh is the founder and CEO of Varo Bank, a consumer financial technology company working to advance the cause of financial inclusion and opportunity for all. Hudson is the co-founder of Honey, a Los Angeles-based tech company with a browser extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout. Honey was recently acquired by PayPal.
“We are excited to be back in person with Eclectic Convergence this year,” said Zach Shulman ’87 JD ’90, director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell. “The energy we create by bringing together entrepreneurs with wildly different interests always results in amazing connections and experiences for our attendees.”
The all-day event, hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell and Cornell Tech, begins at 8:45 a.m. with a check in and box breakfast in the Verizon Executive Education Center at Cornell Tech. It will also include a box lunch and networking time.
The event is open to the public, but in accordance with CDC guidelines, NYC guidelines, and Cornell University guidelines, all event attendees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination upon arrival at the venue (an official vaccination card, Excelsior Pass, NYC COVID Safe App, Cornell Daily Check homepage or other vaccination passport will suffice, along with a valid form of school or government ID).
The conference fee is $100 for the general public, $50 for faculty and staff and $25 for students. A virtual ticket is also available for $10. Find more information and register here.