Business Dept Presentation & Networking Mixer

Thursday, March 23, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Shadyside campus, Laughlin Hall, Welker Room

Cost: Free and open to the public

Event description:

Join the Business Department for their spring networking mixer. The event will start with a presentation by guest speaker, Josh Knauer, entitled “Learn from a Serial Entrepreneur: how to improve social & environmental conditions through entrepreneurship.” Josh Knauer is a serial tech entrepreneur that has used emerging technologies and entrepreneurial zeal to pursue his passion for improving social and environmental conditions. Josh will talk about his career trajectory and latest venture, Reseed, which issues carbon credits to benefit smallholder farmers around the world and mitigate climate change.

After the 45-minute presentation, we will move into the networking portion of the event for the last 45 minutes. Here you will have a chance to meet your fellow students from the Business Department, as well as full-time and adjunct faculty, and members of the Business Department Advisory Board. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. If you are at least 21 years old and plan to drink alcohol, please bring your ID to show the bartender. Please RSVP to help us get a better estimate for ordering food. Thanks!

Talk title:

Learn from a Serial Entrepreneur: how to improve social & environmental conditions through entrepreneurship

Speaker Bio:

Josh’s career has taken him from deep in the Amazon rainforest to help an indigenous tribe use data to protect its land, to the board rooms of Fortune 100 companies, startups, universities, and non-profits. Two of the companies he founded, Green Marketplace and Rhiza, were acquired by publicly traded companies. Both ventures were bootstrapped and profitable from the start. He then raised over $12 million from investors to grow the companies while managing to ensure that they operated in a way that benefited people, planet and the financial bottom line.

President Obama asked him to join the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to help think through and implement open data initiatives throughout the federal government. He is also currently a founder and General Partner at JumpScale, an adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia University Ventures/NYSERDA, and a nature photographer. He has also served on a wide range of nonprofit boards, mentors emerging entrepreneurs, and speaks at many events.


Fee : Free and open to the public

Registration has closed. Please contact Jessy Swisher at for additional information.


Shadyside campus, Laughlin Hall, Welker Room

Contact Information

Jessy Swisher