2012 University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition Winners Announced
The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) today announces the winners of the 2012 University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition.
Winning student, faculty and recent alumni teams were selected from 91 initial entries and nine finalists, who gave investor presentations on April 20 to teams of expert judges before a public audience of students, faculty, alumni, and others from the regional startup venture community at the University of Maryland.
Winners, by category, include:
Competition judges included: Henry Ahn, program manager, Technology Funding Programs, TEDCO; Zvi Band, founder/CEO,Contactually and co-founder, DC Tech Meetup, ProudlyMadeinDC; Bill Bellows, partner at One White Pixel and adjunct professor, University of Maryland; Melissa Carrier, executive director, Center for Social Value Creation; Frank Dickson, principal, Maryland Venture Fund; Sam Feigin, partner and deputy chair, Business and Finance Department, Nixon Peabody LLP; Brent Goldfarb, associate professor, Management & Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business; Joe Hernandez, chairman, Prolias Technologies; Scott Laughlin, director, LM&O Advertising; Satish Tamboli, owner, US-Asia Ventures; Onur Unal, manager, Maryland Biotechnology Center; and Brandon White, entrepreneur, former venture capitalist and CEO.
The 12th annual University of Maryland $75K Business Plan 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 through coaching and the experience of presenting ideas to an expert panel of judges.
Previous winners include five multi-million dollar ventures, two of which have made the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies.
The UMD $75K Business Plan Competition was founded and is managed by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech).
For photos from the competition, visit: www.bpc.umd.edu.
April 23, 2012