Clint Norris Shares Expertise with Entrepreneurship Students

On April 8th, Clint Norris spoke to the Villanova Entrepreneurship Practicum about the many problems facing start-ups. Clint received his B.A. and M.A. in Chemical Engineering from Villanova between 1961 and 1962. Since then, he worked 29 years at Dupont in a wide range of manufacturing, marketing, and management positions. He has received many accolades for his work in environmental protection, including the prestigious United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 1997 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award. Now, Mr. Norris provides counsel for a new venture that manufactures antibiotics for distribution overseas.

The highlight of Clint Norris’ presentation was its level of information and interaction. To begin the evening, Clint asked “On the hit show Shark Tank, what are the questions that the judges always ask?” From there, Mr. Norris elaborated upon the challenges faced by lead entrepreneurs and insights on how to overcome those challenges. The interaction between presenter and audience made for an engaging event, the greatest takeaway of the lecture being “Murphy lurks!”, a nod to Murphy’s Law, which basically states that a venture will require more time and money than is originally assumed.

 

What was most invaluable however was the knowledge and experience of Mr. Clint Norris. As he presented the exact powerpoint presentation that his previous venture utilized to gain capital, students got a glimpse of the level of detail needed when pitching to potential investors. It was a pleasure to have Clint Norris share his expertise with the class and his lessons will better equip students with the tools needed for success in their future endeavors.