CEO Brings Star-Studded Speaker Lineup to BUNEEC this Sunday


By Jake Zimmer

Six years ago this February, the executive board of Bryant’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) had the realization that in the Northeast, Bryant wasn’t too well-known in the entrepreneurship space.  They decided to reach out to CEO’s National Headquarters about putting Bryant on the map.  The staff there suggested hosting a small conference to get the word out about Bryant’s award-winning CEO chapter.

After five conferences, BUNEEC is about to make a major ripple in the entire region.

The Bryant University Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference (abbreviated BUNEEC, pronounced “be-unique”) will be held once again on the Bryant campus this Saturday, March 4th, from 12-6pm.  Put on by CEO every year, BUNEEC’s mission is to inspire a culture of innovation in its attendees, so that they can implement the ideals of a Bryant education in their everyday life.  Attendees can expect a day of world-class networking, lessons that are immediately relevant in all career paths, and, of course, complimentary food.

“This conference is a culmination of all the progress our organization has made this past year,” said CEO President Josh Velez.  “It is our hope that BUNEEC 2017 makes a lasting impression on the Bryant community and the Northeast region for years to come.”


CEO’s executive board has worked tirelessly to bring a wonderful lineup of keynotes to campus.  Kevin Harrington, former judge on ABC’s Shark Tank and the inventor of the infomercial, will headline the event at 4:45pm.  Shark Tank will be making a noteworthy presence at BUNEEC 2017; preceding Mr. Harrington will be Dave Greco ’00, contestant on the show for his sales consulting firm that was acquired a just few years ago.  In the early afternoon, a double-keynote session will be held featuring serial social entrepreneur Radha Agrawal, and former Google consultant & co-founder of Tokyo Smoke, Alan Gertner.

Breakout sessions include Bryant alumni John Duke Logan, Digital Content Associate and Team Magician for the New England Patriots – Alex Stone, founder of Athletes of Valor – John Collins, founder of Cape Cod lifestyle business Bros of Our Lives – among many others.

BUNEEC 2017 is free to all current Bryant students, faculty, and staff.  Doors open at 11:00am, and the event begins with lunch at 12pm in the MAC.  All keynote sessions will be held in the MAC – both from 12:30pm to 2pm, and 4:15pm to 5:30pm.  Breakout sessions will be held from 2:15pm to 4pm in both the Academic Innovation Center and Bello Grand Hall.   Community members that wish to register can do so for free today at