The Pigott Entrepreneurship Lecture

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Join us for an engaging conversation with 

Tom Simpson

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Mentor, and Co-founder of Kaspien (formerly etailz)

The presentation will highlight Tom Simpson’s background as an investment banker and venture capitalist, how Kaspien was incubated at Gonzaga University, the drivers behind the company’s growth, the impact on the Spokane community and lessons learned.



More About Tom:

Tom Simpson is CEO of Ignite Northwest which focuses on funding, enlightening and mentoring explosively growing companies in the Spokane region. He has over 35 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur. In addition to his role with Ignite, he is President of the Spokane Angel Alliance, Managing Member of Kick-Start angel investment funds and serves on the boards of Arevo Health, GenPrime, Kaspien, Medcurity, Reenue, and Vaagen Timbers.  Previously, he was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Kaspien, an innovative eCommerce company which grew to $120 million in revenues prior to being acquired in 2016. He holds a BA in business administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from The Wharton School.

In 2018, Tom was inducted into Spokane's Citizen Hall of Fame for his contributions to Economic Development and Business in the region.

The entrepreneurship lecture is made possible through a permanent endowment established by the Pigott family to educate the next generation of global leaders.

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