Art Center South CampusArt Center College of Design is excited to host the kickoff mixer for CONNECT: A Weekend for Difference Makers & Disruptors on March 13th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Sponsored by Innovate Pasadena, the event will be held at Art Center’s brand new, beautifully re-designed and very cool building at 870 Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

So why should you be there? Lots of reasons!

Bill Gross, CEO of Idealab, is going to talk about a radical non-proprietary “open-source” strategy for launching startup companies that leverages our community of entrepreneurs. Bill started Idealab’s first IdeaDay about a month ago, where he shared ten really interesting ideas for startups with the crowd and challenged them to come back with a proposal to develop their favorite of the ideas to the next stage.

You’ll also hear from Mayor Bill Bogaard, and Andy Wilson and Mike Giardello, co-chairs of Innovate Pasadena. Plus the Fine Art and Illustration departments at Art Center are planning a show in the gallery exhibiting their students’ work.

And in case that isn’t enough, there will be food trucks, beverages, music and lots of interesting people in the design, tech, business and startup communities.

So what are you waiting for? Reserve your spot today!