Tech Trailblazers Headline Entrepreneur Conference

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DAHLONEGA, GA—September 27, 2016— On Oct. 4, nationally-recognized entrepreneurs will engage with peers of all experience levels as well as college and high school students during the second StartItUp Conference, hosted by the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Center for the Future of North Georgia, a unit of UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business.

During the event, presenters will share their successes, failures and how they’ve built their organizations from the ground up to help attendees succeed in their own ventures. Among the presenters will be two well-known technology startup entrepreneurs: Chau Nguyen, founder of Hirewire; and Connor Ford, co-founder of Spirit.

Chau was named one of 2014’s Most Loved CEOs in America by Inc. Magazine. After selling his first company, Campus Special, in 2015, he created a new venture, Hirewire, which is a mobile app that helps prospective employees connect with employers in several ways. The company was recently named one of Georgia’s top 10 Most Innovative Companies.

Ford, now 19 years old, created Spirit as a sophomore in high school. Spirit is a mobile app that bridges the communication gap between school administration and the student body, boosting school spirit and pride.

The 2016 StartItUp Conference will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $10 for UNG alumni and students.

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