This November 5-8 the world’s top young entrepreneurs will be gathering in Miami for an invitation only event to include skydiving, a GQ sponsored evening event and a session on “Taking Your Company Public.” During the Summit Series, held at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach the group will get a chance to bond on their own terms without the stuffy corporate atmosphere. The series is designed to foster close ties between the young elite, allowing relationships to be formed in a laid back atmosphere where attendees can get to know each other on both a personal and professional level. The idea is that by having a summit with open forums and a loose atmosphere the entrepreneurs will get to have discussions about issues instead of just hearing lectures about them.
The Summit Series previous locations have included Aspen, Mexico, Russel Simmon’s NYC home and the White House. Why wouldn’t the best and brightest want to attend with destinations like this? With an average age of 29, past Summit Series attendees have included the founders of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Lauren Bush, and Vince from Entourage. “A Summit attendee is someone who is active, pushing the envelope in their field, and truly collaborative in nature,” said Brett Leve Chief Strategy Officer of the Summit Series.
The all-star lineup is slated to include discussion topics from industry leaders across the board sharing insight only top entrepreneurs need to know. “The Price is Right”, will give advice on how to sell your company hosted by John Ferber, Co-Founder of Advertising.com, sold in 2004 to AOL for $435 million and Stephen Messer, Founder, LinkShare, sold in 2005 for $425 Million. Not interested in selling out? How about “Acquisitions an insider’s guide to buying your next company” hosted by Jay Baitler, Executive Vice President of Staples and Mike Marquez, EVP for Mergers and Acquisitions at CBS Interactive. In 2008, Jay Baitler oversaw the $4.2 Billion acquisition of Corporate Express. In 2007 and 2008, Mike Marquez oversaw the acquisition of Last.fm and CNET.
A discussion on “Creating a Hit Series” by the guys responsible for creating The Hills, Laguna Beach, Run’s House and the Executive Producer of In Treatment on HBO, which has been nominated for a combined total of 12 Emmy and Golden Globe Awards will take place over the weekend. If that isn’t enough for you, take flight with the Head of Acquisitions at the Internet Capital Group for an afternoon of skydiving.
The Summit Series founder Elliot Bisnow said “ The single most important thing an entrepreneur can do is develop and establish relationships with other business leaders. Summit Series is an opportunity to meet these leaders and influencers in an environment that allows real friendships to develop. Imagine living experiences with people you admire – now just imagine if those experiences could affect your business positively. This is Summit Series.”
Author Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30CEO the lifestyle magazine for young entrepreneurs. Wilson will be attending the Summit Series this November in South Beach. Follow him on Twitter @MattWilsonTV as he tweets from the event.