‘Serial Entrepreneur’ Terry Matthews to Speak at RIT Dec. 11

Matthews to offer his secrets on how to launch successful businesses

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Terry Matthews, the founder of more than 60 telecommunications, information technology and software companies, will discuss how to create successful new ventures during a 3 p.m. talk on Friday at Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

Matthews is the chairman of Wesley Clover, a private equity firm that describes itself as being in the business of building businesses. Matthews and his team at Wesley Clover utilize their extensive experiences in the technology realm to identify gaps in the marketplace and launch new enterprises to fill them. Wesley Clover reaches out to either recent college graduates or those at the tail end of their academic career to lead the charge, offering training and mentoring along the way.

In the past two years, seven recent RIT graduates have formed companies for Wesley Clover.

“Terry Matthews is what I call a serial entrepreneur,” says Richard DeMartino, director of RIT’s Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “His passion is empowering and coaching young entrepreneurs in building businesses. The insight he will offer in his presentation will be invaluable for anyone looking to launch their own business.”