Archive for February, 2010

Tulane Business Plan Competition announces first round winners

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association has announced the 21 semifinalists who will advance to the second round of the Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The semifinalists were selected from among 93 applications submitted to this year’s competition. Nations represented in this year’s pool of entries include Canada, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“We are proud to have received a record number of applications from around the world for this year’s competition,” said Matt Dearmon, president of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association. “The number of applications and the quality of those applications is a testament to Tulane’s growing reputation in entrepreneurship and the hard work of the association.”

The 21 semifinalists will now submit full business plans for evaluation by a panel of expert judges. The top three plans as selected by the judges will be invited to present their plans in a live competition at the Freeman School on April 16, 2010. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $50,000.

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Symposium highlights emerging technologies

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Research shows that just a tiny percentage of technological innovations cross over to mainstream success, but that doesn’t stop entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, corporations, investors and governments from pumping millions of dollars into emerging technologies in an effort to discover the next big thing.

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The 17th Annual Burkenroad Symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center's Kendall Cram Lecture Hall.

“You see these bandwagons where we chase hot new technologies, but which ones will be viable, how they’ll be commercialized and when they’ll become mainstream is anyone’s guess,” says Laura B. Cardinal, Exxon Professor of Strategy at the A. B. Freeman School of Business and director of the Burkenroad Institute. “There are huge rewards but also significant risks, and lots of money gets spent in pursuit of the quest.”

For the 17th Annual Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, Cardinal turns the spotlight on three emerging technologies with the potential to transform life in the 21st century. “The Quest for Fool’s Gold: The Risks and Rewards of Emerging Technologies” will feature panelists David L. Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University; Stephen R. Connors, director of the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Thomas B. Clarkson, director of planning and business development at Wake Forest University’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

“Regenerative medicine is very hot, but we’ve just scratched the surfaced,” Cardinal says. “Nano is in everything now. It’s in medicine, it’s in solar, it’s in Kraft food packaging. People have no idea how pervasive it has become. It’s touching all kinds of products in our lives. And then we’ve have this whole quest for sustainable energy, whether it’s solar, wind, geothermal, ethanol or something else. These are people’s quests and everyone is working on this stuff anticipating the next big thing.”

Cardinal says the panelists, whose backgrounds span science, academia and entrepreneurship, will discuss what it will take to commercialize their respective technologies as well as take them mainstream. She says she hopes the symposium will attract entrepreneurs looking for new ideas as well researchers from local science, engineering and medical schools.

The Burkenroad Symposium will take place at on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-865-5837 or e-mail Prof. Cardinal at cardinal@tulane.edu.



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