Chris Porter ’19 created the Entrepreneurial Summit to connect students with alumni entrepreneurs.

On a recent Friday evening, Chris Porter ’19 was in his element. He darted around Upper Marshall Hall, greeting attendees of the first-ever Puget Sound Entrepreneurship Summit, a two-day event that he had been planning throughout his senior year.

Chris envisioned the summit as a way to create relationships between successful alumni entrepreneurs and students who aspired to be like them. With the help of his classmate Gabi Marrese ’19, Puget Sound’s Student Alumni Association, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, he recruited seven alumni to speak about their experiences and provide mentorship opportunities. While their professional ventures varied widely—from starting a cryptocurrency portfolio business to creating a baking website—they all spoke to the importance of cultivating a supportive community within a difficult field.