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Mercier Lecture 2022 with Dan Tzotzis
The Lassonde School of Engineering and Schulich School of Business invite you to attend the 2022 Ernest C. Mercier Lecture in Entrepreneurial Science.

We are honoured to welcome Dan Tzotzis (BBA '02, MBA '10), co-founder of AWAKE Chocolate to present this year's lecture Bracing for the Entrepreneurial Thrillride.

AWAKE Chocolate is North America's best-tasting energy product. As a multi-million dollar brand, AWAKE is available in over 20,000 locations in North America and was featured on NBCNews.com in its Top 24 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands.

Want to know more? Watch the AWAKE Chocolate pitch on Dragon's Den

Bracing for the Entrepreneurial Thrillride:
20 years of stories, paired with the occasional insight, Dan will share his perspective on what to expect as a new entrepreneur and some of the lessons he has picked up to help manage through the roller coaster ride of an entrepreneur's life.

About the Ernest C. Mercier Lecture in Entrepreneurial Science
In an effort to inspire and empower future generations of students at York with a sense of the possible, Ernest C. Mercier’s wife, Dr. Eileen Mercier, a York graduate (MBA '77, Hon LLD '10), established the lecture series in her late husband’s name. Bridging the worlds of business and commerce with the intensive research world of STEM, the series presents an entrepreneur and renowned scientist who has used his/her own science education as a springboard to other enterprises.


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Dan Tzotzis
Co-founder @AWAKE Chocolate
Corporate Finance Associate, turned Corporate Sales Associate, turned Entrepreneur, Dan Tzotzis, along with his two partners, co-founded AWAKE Chocolate, North America's best tasting energy product. Quitting their corporate gigs in August of 2012 and using their collective 35 years of industry experience, Dan and his partners have transformed AWAKE from a mere idea into a multi-million-dollar brand. Now with over 20 years of leading and operating businesses in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world of consumer goods, Dan has added coach, instructor and mentor to his professional arsenal. In January of 2021, Dan became a part time MBA instructor as part of the Entrepreneurship faculty at the Schulich School of Business, and now has helped hundreds of students get their businesses started on the right foot. Dan is also an Alumni of Schulich School of Business at York University (BBA '02) and (MBA '10) and sits as an elected board member & treasurer for the Greek Community of Miss