Startup Day Announces Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective, as Featured Fireside Chat

(Knoxville-TENN) -Detroit native and Chief Executive Officer of Alchemists Collective, Angel Gambino, will take center stage at the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre on Thursday, November 19, 2015, sharing how international entrepreneurial success mixed with hometown passion can energize cities like Knoxville.

Angel Gambino

Angel Gambino

Ms. Gambino is an example of how an early adopter holds the key to developing a thriving startup spirit in any community. Her efforts in Detroit have led to the revitalization of Corktown, the oldest residential neighborhood in the city, now bustling with commercial growth and home to The Alchemists Collective headquarters, a venture development that includes more than 110,000 square feet of property.

TechCrunch’s Jon Shieber returns to Knoxville for his second Startup Day appearance, interviewing Ms. Gambino for her fireside chat.

Angel Gambino has founded and developed digital media companies that floated on the stock market and sold in high profile trade sales including the $850 million AOL TimeWarner acquisition of bebo. She moved back to Detroit from London to join others committed to reigniting economic growth in her hometown.

“Ms. Gambino is an entrepreneur who shares Knoxville’s passion for reinvesting in local communities and growing a local culture,” said Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer for Pershing Yoakley & Associates. PYA is a Startup Day Presenting Sponsor. “Anyone attending Startup Day, from an entrepreneur to an investor to someone interested in starting a business, will find inspiration from Ms. Gambino.”

Angel Gambino is the former General Manager, Smart Mobility for Castrol Lubricants where she developed their global smart mobility strategy, brokered investments, created and advised Boards of a portfolio of mobility ventures. As Senior VP of Innovation for Westfield Shoppingtowns (the largest retail owner/operator in the world), she was responsible for developing and overseeing innovation, consumer experience, commercial and community activations and partnerships bridging ecommerce and physical retail.

She is also a former Vice President at MTV Networks, responsible for strategy and profitability of commercial properties, television distribution, licensing, merchandising and digital media as well as having been the youngest Controller at the BBC where she lead the transformation of the broadcaster in to an award winning multi-platform media company by developing their first mobile and on-demand services such as the iPlayer. Before working in big media, Ms. Gambino was a consultant to Fortune 50 US companies launching their first internet operations and was part of the founding team at a handful of digital startups in the 1990’s that are still profitable today.

Ms. Gambino has won numerous awards as a digital media entrepreneur and business leader including being listed within WIRED’s Annual Top 100 Innovators and the UK’s TechCity Top 100.

She has a Juris Doctorate and Masters from the University of Oregon School of Law and two Bachelor of Arts from Missouri Valley College where she competed in the national finals for women’s soccer.

In addition to Angel Gambino’s featured chat, additional activities include seven startups pitching for the chance to win $5,000; fireside chats with area investors and entrepreneurs; and the first ever UT Federal Credit Union Traction Award, presented to a Startup Day alum who has made the most progress in the past three years.

Startup Day 2015 is free but registration is required.

About Startup Day 2015

Startup Day showcases Knoxville as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs. It is presented by a steering committee that represents the region’s entrepreneurial assets and support network: The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Tech 2020, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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