Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its sixth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center on Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Scott Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of ExactTarget, and current managing partner at High Alpha will speak at the annual entrepreneurship event.

“Part of the mission of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the region,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “Welcoming Scott Dorsey to Bloomington for this event is yet another example of how the Cook Center engages the public, businesses, and others who could be looking to move their business ideas forward.”

Dorsey, the Institute reception keynote speaker, serves as Managing Partner at High Alpha, a venture studio. He also co-founded and was former CEO of ExactTarget, and led the company from startup to global marketing software leader. ExactTarget went public on the New York Exchange in March 2012 and sold to Salesforce.com in July 2013 for $2.5 billion. Dorsey has earned numerous accolades for his business and civic leadership, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Indiana University’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award through the Kelley School of Business. Dorsey is a business school graduate at Indiana University and earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Individual tickets for the Cook Institute cost $60. A table of eight costs $600. Sponsorships are available at $1,500 for event sponsor and $2,500 for presenting sponsor. Proceeds support programs and scholarships for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Cook Center is also partnering with Humanetrix Foundation to present Startup Lounge at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center after the Cook Institute from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Startup Lounge features casual cocktails, product demos and information from eight of Bloomington’s most promising tech startups, and connections with the people and organizations that make up Bloomington’s thriving tech community. Register to attend Startup Lounge at startuplounge.eventbrite.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Cook Institute, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship and click on Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship 2015.

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Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.