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Entrepreneur André Taylor to give Innovation Week '14 keynote address

Posted on 2/27/2014

Renowned author and entrepreneur André Taylor will be the keynote speaker during NDSU's upcoming Innovation Week '14 awards ceremony, where winners of NDSU's third annual student innovation competition will be announced.

The awards ceremony and keynote address are scheduled for Thursday, March 6, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A social is set to begin at 5 p.m., with the program starting at 5:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend.

During his keynote address, Taylor will draw on his 35-year career as a business leader to discuss what makes today's innovators influential and how they will define our future.

"We live in a fast-paced world with startlingly new requirements and expectations shared by individuals and businesses alike," said Taylor. "One key dynamic is the demand we have for new and ongoing innovation. Contribution, sustainability and growth in this world means students must become more aware of the importance, priorities and process of innovation."

Taylor regularly appears on television, radio, in print and online as an expert in entrepreneurship, and he is a regular contributor to "ABC News' Money Matters." Taylor started his first venture as a teenager, and has written several books, including "You Can Still Win!" He also produces a weekly newsletter titled "Flourish!" Through his company, Taylor Insight Worldwide LLC, he provides leadership development, management consultant services and coaching for clients in multiple sectors of the business community.

NDSU's fifth annual Innovation Week, sponsored by the NDSU Research and Technology Park, is scheduled for March 3-7. The highlight of the week is the third annual Innovation Challenge. Student teams have competed throughout the school year, and the top 20 will present their ideas for new, progressive products, services or corn-based innovations. Judges award the top innovation in each category $5,000. A total of $20,000 will be awarded to winning teams. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is a major sponsor of the competition.

"I'm so excited to be visiting NDSU for Innovation Week '14," said Taylor, who has lectured at industry conferences and in academic settings throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. "The power this competition and series of events brings to students and the community, in a world where entrepreneurship is key, is extraordinary."

According to Kim Lucier, education service coordinator at the NDSU Research and Technololgy Park, Innovation Week is an important chance to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship. "Local and national professional leaders share innovative and entrepreneur knowledge and experiences with students, staff and faculty," Lucier said. "Working with and watching the growth in each of the Innovation Challenge teams from their start to finish is amazing. Not everyone wins a cash prize but each team has the potential to advance to further develop and commercialize their ideas."

Register for the Innovation Week awards ceremony and keynote address at

For more information on Taylor's career, visit For a schedule of events for Innovation Week '14, visit

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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