Archive for April, 2010

Business Plan Competition winners have a bright idea

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Sunil Bhardwaj, left, and Sameer Hajee of Nuru Light earned the top prize of $50,000 in the Tulane Business Plan Competition for their plan to distribute affordable rechargeable lights in Africa.

Poverty and lack of access to safe, affordable lighting are two of the biggest challenges facing populations in the developing world. A startup company hopes to solve both of those problems with an innovative new product, and now, with the help of the Freeman School, it’s a little closer to achieving that goal.

Nuru Light, a company affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley that plans to distribute rechargeable lights in Africa, earned the top prize of $50,000 in the 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, took place at the Freeman School on the morning of April 16, with the winners announced later that evening at the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala at the Westin Canal Place Hotel.

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Admissions hosts Latin American advisers

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

On April 17, the Office of Graduate Admissions hosted its third annual International Advisers Seminar. Participating in this year’s event were advisers from Kaplan (Mexico), MBA Empresarial (Brazil), The Point (Brazil), Colfuturo (Colombia), the Grad School (Colombia) and EducationUSA (Chile).

Hosting informational seminars for Latin American educational advisers is one way the Freeman School's admissions office is targeting the growing Latin American market.

Latin America plays a central role in the Freeman School’s academic vision and strategy. The International Advisers Seminar was established to give representatives with key academic advising organizations in Latin America an opportunity to see the Freeman School in person and learn more about the curriculum, experiential learning programs and the admission process. For the past two years, the seminar has also been scheduled to coincide with the Tulane Business Plan Competition, giving the advisers a chance to see one of the Freeman School’s premier annual events.

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Wilson family, Hall-Trujillo to be honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Freeman School will honor the Wilson family, owners of Barriere Construction Co., as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founding director of Birthing Project USA, as Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala.

The gala, which also will feature the announcement of the winner of this year’s Tulane Business Plan Competition, takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place.

The Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year Award was established to honor individuals who exemplify true entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic generosity, while the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the community through entrepreneurial initiatives. John Elstrott, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, will present this year’s awards.

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