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How Design Is Key to Sustainable Companies
From funding and product to ethics and culture, design is key to sustainable companies. Find out how--and why--during this event with Cat Noone and Benedikt Lehnert, experts in design. Set in a fireside chat format, the discussion with Cat and Ben will be moderated by Tyrone Ross. (Bios below.) Ben had a successful exit, selling Wunderlist to Microsoft, but he and Cat want everyone to know there was a lot of learning (which they will share!) during the journey from failed startups to acquisitions. Cat and Ben will also talk about how to balance personal and professional when immersed in the world of startups. Plus, both Cat and Ben are just really cool people, so this promises to be an informative and entertaining discussion, led by Tyrone! Event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUmeetup. Event is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, both at Montclair State. AGENDA: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking with pizza 6:45-7:00 p.m. - Welcome remarks 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Fireside chat, with audience Q&A CAT NOONE is CEO and founder of Iris Health, your lifelong health companion enabling you to track and understand your health. Her focus is on building products and technology that maximize the way we connect and help others. Cat is also co-founder of Lyra, the best symbol-to-speech app for children with autism; and Stark, the color-blind simulator and contrast checker. Together with Benedikt Lehnert, Cat is an angel investor in design-driven startups around the world. You can follow Cat here: Twitter: @imcatnoone Web: Linkedin: BENEDIKT LEHNERT is the Director of Product Design for Microsoft’s M365 Mobile Experiences, responsible to lead the charter of delivering world-class mobile services across the company’s wide range of products. Benedikt is also a co-founder of Lyra, the best symbol-to-speech app for children with autism, and the color-blind simulator and contrast checker Stark. Together with Cat Noone, Benedikt is an angel investor in design-driven startups around the world. You can follow Benedikt here: Twitter: @blehnert Web: Linkedin: TYRONE ROSS is a managing partner of NobleBridge Wealth Partners and has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry. He’s worked with institutional and corporate companies, and retail clients; all the while advising early-stage startups and educating clients on emerging technologies like blockchain and cryptoassets. Tyrone has worked for large brokerage firms like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch where he gained investment management experience. He’s an established speaker having done so for teams at Etsy, Spotify, Uber and Wyndham as well as students at Columbia, York College, Seton Hall and Montclair State University. Tyrone is a graduate of Seton Hall University and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. You can follow Tyrone here: Twitter: @TR401 Linkedin:

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We create opportunities for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to network, learn, connect and collaborate. We invite everyone to be a part of the vibrant entrepreneurial culture that is thriving in New Jersey. Our Meetups are held in Montclair, N.J., and include networking, a startup pitch, and 1-2 brief presentations from featured speakers. Meetups are organized by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University.

This Meetup is also affiliated with Women Entrepreneurship Week (, an initiative started by the Feliciano Center in 2014. Learn more at

Our past speakers include: Jason Calacanis, Carlos Dominguez (Cisco), Bobbie Brown (Bobbi Brown Cosmetics), Seth Goldman (Honest Tea), Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (GLAMSQUAD), (David Brancaccio (NPR's Marketplace Morning Report), Chris Welty (Google), AJ Plotkin (ff Venture Capital), Fran Hauser (Rothenberg Ventures), John Ason (angel investor), Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest), Leecia Eve (Verizon), Kathryn Swintek (Golden Seeds), Lewis Schiff (Inc.), Julie Bauer (Panasonic), Jeff Wald (Work Market), Judy Spires (Kings Food Markets), Ilene H. Lang (Catalyst), Kathleen Coviello (NJ EDA), Joan Zief (Golden Seeds), Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Louisa Roberts (Watson Life Sciences, IBM), Gloria Feldt (Take the Lead), Jules Pieri (The Grommet), Adenah Bayoh, Zak Cassady-Dorion (Crowdfund Capital Advisors), Jonathan Sandlund (, Kim Wales (Wales Capital and CFIRA board member), Douglas S. Ellenoff (Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP), Chanda Gibson (Goldman Sachs), Joe Allegra (Edison Partners), Jayne Millard (Turtle & Hughes), Marjorie Perry (MZM), Daryl Bryant (Hudson Integrated).

We also host some of the region's top events at the intersection of tech and entrepreneurship (, including New Jersey's only Google I/O Extended event, through a partnership with the Google Developers Group of North Jersey.

Please join us if you’re an entrepreneur, aspiring entrepreneur, interested investor, or a service provider who caters to entrepreneurs.

Interested in presenting your startup? Interested in being a featured speaker? Message us through Meetup.

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Finally, the Feliciano Center's MIX Lab is a 3D printing​ innovation center that houses 50 3D print devices and recognized as a regional leader in melding design, creative problem-solving and innovation. MIX (Making and Innovating for X, where X is the unknown) is also one of the largest business-school-based 3D innovation centers in the U.S. The Lab delivers curriculum for our 9-credit Certificate in Innovation & Digitally Mediate​​d Making. We have also launched a partnership with​ a New Jersey law firm to contract graduates of our certificate program to make prototypes for the intellectual property ideas of the firm's clients. The partnership allows students to receive valuable real-world experience through what we believe is the first such arrangement with a law firm in our state. Learn more at:

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