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November 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Engaging Networking

This event is part of 20Fathoms’ educational programming series

This session will cover networking from an entrepreneurial perspective. A focus will be on asking questions to show interest: a way of being ‘the most interested person in the room,’ instead of the most interesting, and avoiding having interactions be transactional by keeping them open and engaging. In addition, we’ll discuss using social media to engage (and stay engaged) after you meet someone. And, we’ll experiment with a few fun icebreakers and hands-on activities.

This event is hosted by 20Fathoms in partnership with Grand Valley State University.

Event format:

This is an in-person event and there is no charge to attend.

Lunch will be provided with support from Chick-fil-A.

Space is limited. Please register.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in learning more about how to network!

About the presenter:

Thomas Coke is an entrepreneur, lawyer, branding geek, and alternative finance/fintech guru. Currently, he helps student businesses launch, fundraises, and serves as CEO of VarsityGems, a digital trading card company in the NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness space. Formerly with startups VerifyValid and CrowdFund Connect, CampusStarter/Hubbub, SafeWhistle, and BitLyft (4 exits, 1 solid success, and a few failures) and an advisor to multiple startups, he loves helping launch ventures. He has also been a part of — as a speaker, lecture, and judge — a number of college entrepreneurship competitions and programs. He holds a BA in Econ from Kalamazoo and JD from MSU College of Law.

About 20Fathoms

20Fathoms is the home of technology and entrepreneurship in Northern Michigan. We catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship through startup incubation services, business workshops, community partnership, and a vibrant coworking space. We also remove barriers and accelerate career growth through tech career training, talent acquisition, and the advancement of regional strategic initiatives.


November 8
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Ste. 4400
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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