Growing sports network to be focus at next Entrepreneurship Forum

Contact: Alyssa Benson
Photo of Ryan Vaughn.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The co-founder of a middle and high school sports network will be the next speaker at the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Ryan Vaughn of Varsity News Network will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059 or at Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center lot, 72F.

Varsity News Network

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Varsity News Network is the largest and fastest growing network connecting people with middle and high school sports. The company’s product is a turnkey content production platform, facilitating the digital communication of more than 1,500 schools nationwide. The technology offers solutions for schools looking for easy-to-use, time-saving communication channels, giving communities one place to find interactive information about schedules, scores and teams. The company offers multiple technologies customizable to a team or community’s individual needs, including the desktop accessible Sportshub, Mobile Sportshub, Pressbox, VNN Alerts and Scheduler.

Ryan Vaughn

Vaughn, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from WMU in 2006, has expertise in sales and product management, digital marketing, and human-centered design and fundraising. In addition to his degree in creative writing from WMU, Vaughn has a master’s degree in communication from Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business in Holland.

About the Entrepreneurship Forum

The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series hosted by WMU’s Haworth College of Business designed to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community. The series is devoted to entrepreneurs and unique stories of startup success. To learn more about the series, visit

Future Entrepreneurship Forum Speakers

  • Feb. 12: Chris Lampen-Crowell, Gazelle Sports
  • March 18: Steve Laham, Chocolates by Grimaldi

For more information or to RSVP, contact Caitlin Smith at (269) 387-6059 or register at To suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, contact Stacey Markin at

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