Conn named to Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame

Nov. 16, 2018
Conn named to Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame

Hank Conn (left) and Van Clouse are the newest members of UofL's College of Business Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame.

The University of Louisville’s College of Business will add two names to its Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame on Nov. 16.

Hank Conn, a UofL alumnus who pledged over $20 million to create the J.B. Speed School of Engineering’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, is an honoree this year. Van Clouse, a 30-year UofL professor who co-founded the entrepreneurship MBA program.

Conn earned his undergraduate degree from the Speed School in 1966, an MBA from the College of Business in 1969 and a Master of Engineering from Speed in 1972. Since 1983, he has been involved in more than 25 startups.

Mahendra Sunkara, director of Conn Center, attributed Conn’s passion for entrepreneurialism in shaping the center’s focus. “Hank has fueled the spirit of the university’s challenge for excellence and contributed significantly to the vision for innovation-based entrepreneurship that accelerates technology concepts to the marketplace,” he said.

The pair were officially recognized at a ceremony beside the granite monument where their names will be inscribed located just outside the COB in Jane Goldstein Plaza.

Clouse and Conn will bring to 16 the number of honorees in the Circle of Fame, begun in 2012.