Turner Sports and the NCAA will present the inaugural “Next List Summit” to celebrate and showcase student entrepreneurship, creative thinking and innovation on April 5, as part of Final Four weekend of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Atlanta. The exclusive, invitation-only “Next List Summit” will include featured speaker Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager who was the subject of author Michael Lewis’ best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and the major motion picture Moneyball starring Brad Pitt.

The event will also showcase five innovative college students who are standing out through their original ideas and/or use of technology in promoting social change, along with a panel including top executives who got their start in business through an entrepreneurial path. Each of the executives is a co-founder of a highly successful company which has changed the way we consume media and/or transact with goods and services.

In conjunction with the Summit, CNN will televise The Next List: An NCAA Tournament Special profiling the college students who will participate in this year’s event. The show, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will be televised at 2:30 p.m. ET April 7 during Final Four weekend. Each week, CNN's The Next List profiles forward-thinking individuals in the fields of technology, science and social change. It also highlights big ideas and events that will help shape the future of their respective fields.

“Turner Sports is proud to partner with the NCAA for the inaugural Next List Summit, which will showcase the innovative thought leadership of industry pioneers and current students already making their mark on society,” said Lenny Daniels, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Sports. “The timing could not be better to launch the Summit, with this year marking the 75th celebration of March Madness in Turner’s hometown of Atlanta, and we look forward to collaborating with CNN on the TV special.”

“The NCAA is delighted to collaborate with Turner and CNN to connect outstanding current students with creative, forward-thinking entrepreneurial leaders,” said Jim Isch, NCAA chief operating officer. “Through the Next List Summit, we will utilize our signature basketball championship to shine a spotlight on higher education and the next generation of innovators and leaders from NCAA colleges and universities.”

“Next List Summit” Featured Speakers

“Next List” Students

• Karina Casillas and Sabha Salamah, University of Southern California
Innovation -- “M.U.R.A.L. Project LA” (Maintenance of Urban Real Art in Los Angeles), seeking to document murals in L.A. and show the importance of public art through civic engineering.

• Riley Ennis, Dartmouth College, founder and CEO of Immudicon, an early-stage biotechnology company pursuing a novel vaccine intracellular delivery technology -- MacroVax -- to activate the immune system against cancer.
Innovation – cost-effective cancer vaccine technology and patient-specific therapy that teaches immune system cells to recognize and destroy the cancer within.

• Param Jaggi, Vanderbilt University, founder & CEO of Ecoviate, a research and development company that focuses on energy and environmental technologies.
Innovation – an algae-based emissions system that fits into the exhaust of motor vehicles and turns carbon dioxide into oxygen.

• Jean Sack, MIT
Innovation – alternative power source for autonomous underwater vehicles.

Sack also is an NCAA Division III oarswoman and two-time Ivy League champion.

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• Dave Finocchio, co-founder of Bleacher Report, a leading multi-sport online destination for sports fans and the creator of the five-star rated Team Stream app.

• Jeff Fluhr, co-founder and CEO of Spreecast, a social video platform which connects people through video conversation. Fluhr is also the co-founder of StubHub, an online marketplace which provides a variety of services buyers and sellers of tickets for sports, concerts, theater and other live entertainment events, which he sold to eBay in 2007.

• Alexis Maybank, a former Harvard student athlete and co-founder of Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to high-end merchandise and other experiences at insider prices.

• Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit, a social news and entertainment site in which registered users can submit content in the form of a link or a post.  Other users can then vote on the content to determine the post’s level of exposure on the site.

A One-on-One with Billy Beane: How Innovation Through Big Data Changed the Game(s)

• Beane has earned a reputation as one of the most progressive baseball executives in the game.  Under his leadership, the Oakland A’s have won five American League West titles (2000, 2002-03, 2006 and 2012) and his teams have won 90 or more games seven times in the last 12 years. Beane’s approach to the game, stressing plate discipline and pitchers who command the strike zone, has been chronicled by author Michael Lewis in the best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which was also a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.