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Accidental Entrepreneurship: My Journey Using Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Solve Global Problems

Danny EllisCEO and Co-FounderSkyspecs
1008 EECS BuildingMap
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This is the third talk as a part of the ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series.

About the speaker: 

Danny is the CEO and Co-founder of SkySpecs, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan with offices in The Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, UK, India, and Austria. SkySpecs was founded in 2012 and has grown to over 250 employees worldwide. SkySpecs’ mission is to simplify renewable energy asset management through software automation, robotics, and tech enabled services to help wind farm owners around the world maximize the life and output of their assets. SkySpecs is the world leader in automated blade asset management with almost 200,000 turbines inspected in the last 7 years. Danny has led fundraising efforts, raising over $120m over 6 rounds from Seed through Private Equity. Danny has also led the acquisition efforts of three companies in the last two years, expanding SkySpecs’ expertise, geographic position, and product portfolio. Danny is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE and MSE in Aerospace Engineering. He is a Techstars alum (2015), a Forbes’ “30 under 30” award recipient (2016), Endeavor Entrepreneur since 2017, Detroit Crain’s “40 under 40” award recipient, and a EY Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Winner (Michigan, 2023).

What is the ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series? 

The ECE Future Careers Alumni Speaker Series is designed to help U of M undergraduate students answer the question: what can I do with an EE or CE degree? There are several facets within ECE and our hope is a series like this will provide some clarity and guidance to our undergraduate students as they begin to think about their future plans. Free food will be provided!

This series is organized by the  ECE Student Educational Experience (SEE) Committee.

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ECE Student Educational Experience (SEE) Committee


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