About the Lax Conference

Jonathan R. Lax ’71 Conference on Entrepreneurship

At the Lax Conference, doers and thinkers turn big ideas into actions.

About the Lax Conference

While at Swarthmore, Jonathan R. Lax ’71 created a mutual fund that he ran from his dorm room, one of many businesses he would start, and run, successfully. The Lax Conference honors his entrepreneurial spirit and practical nature by bringing together intellectual discussion with pragmatic conversations about starting and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Each year, the Conference attracts approximately 150 alumni, students, and friends who come to discuss entrepreneurship in all forms.

About Jonathan R. Lax ’71

The Lax Conference, established in 2003, is named after entrepreneur Jonathan Lax ’71 and funded by the Jonathan R. Lax Fund, an endowment created by his bequest in 1996. Jonathan's interest in founding companies began while he was a high school student, when he started Haddonfield Research and Manufacturing Company, a corporation registered in the state of Delaware. While at Swarthmore, Jonathan followed his entrepreneurial spirit and created a mutual fund that he ran from his Hallowell dorm room. After working for several years running his family's manufacturing business, Jonathan founded The Marketing Audit, a market research and consulting firm in Philadelphia.