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Mtech Announces Finalists for University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition
The University of Maryland today announces nine finalist teams for the University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition.
Finalists present their ideas to a panel of new venture experts on May 8, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the University of Maryland, College Park. The competition is managed by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech).
Finalists in the Information Technology Category include:
Finalists in the Biotechnology Category include:
Finalists in the undergraduate category include:
The distinguished judges that selected finalist teams included: Jonathan Aberman, founder and managing director, Amplifier Venture Partners LP; Henry Ahn, program manager, technology funding programs, Maryland Technology Development Corporation; Paul Allenza, director, Biotechnology Research and Education Program; entrepreneur Bill Bellows; bio-entrepreneur Lou Cantolupo; Warren Citrin, co-founder and board member, Gloto Corp., co-founder, Solipsys Corporation; Rob Cohen; Craig Dye, member, board of advisors, Articulated Impact & Affinity Lab; Brent Goldfarb, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, department of management and organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Oliver Jay, associate, New Enterprise Associates; William Lee, CEO, co-founder and director, eMembrane Inc.; Andrew Plump, vice president, Merck; angel investor Bob Proctor; Sha Wang, principal, Cybernaut (China) Investment; Coach Wei, CEO, Yottaa Inc. and chairman, Nexaweb Technologies; Sonny Vu, founder, EVP, AgaMatrix.
This year, a special award will be given to company ideas with a positive impact on society or sustainability through the generous support of Warren Citrin.
Now in its eighth year, the competition promotes the commercialization of innovative ideas and university-created technologies by offering faculty and students prizes for the best new venture plans. The competition emphasizes learning by offering one-to-one coaching for finalists, as well as the experience of presenting ideas to an experienced panel of judges.
The University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition has served as a launch point for the commercial success of previous winners, including Squarespace Inc., RioRey Inc., AnthroTronix Inc., Alertus Technologies, and Chesapeake PERL.
For more information about the competition and to register to attend the finals, visit http://www.bpc.umd.edu.
April 7, 2009