Marquette University News Release

Marquette accepting applications for 8th annual Business Plan Competition

November 3, 2009

MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2010 Business Plan Competition.

The application deadline, which requires completing an entry form and answering three questions, is Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a. Forms are available online. Contact Steve Laczniak at (414) 288-0673 or with questions or for additional information.
“The competition provides a learning environment in which budding entrepreneurs develop their business ideas and receive feedback from faculty and experienced entrepreneurs,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Marquette Golden Angels Network. “That is one thing that distinguishes this business plan competition from others in the area: Our entrants are paired with mentors and participate in workshops to help them develop their plans.”

Following the deadline for entries, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. The entrants accepted into the competition are then paired with the entrepreneurial mentor — someone from the Golden Angels Network, a Marquette alumnus/a or another community entrepreneur — to develop a more in-depth plan. The workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills are held periodically throughout the competition.
The fully-developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select semi-finalists to participate in oral presentations. The winners, who will be announced at Marquette on April 12, 2010, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance.

Housed in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to create a leading-edge learning environment based on focused coursework and hands-on experiences that leverage an outstanding network of successful entrepreneurs. Its aim is the advancement of entrepreneurship and the responsible creation of wealth by students, alumni and entrepreneurs with extremely high potential or in distressed communities.

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