Congratulations to the twenty-six emerging entrepreneurs who completed the 2012 California Program for Entrepreneurship Program offered by the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. This program, administered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was supported by a generous gift from Joseph and Linda Bronson, the Leavey School of Business and the School of Engineering.
The six-month program featured four on-site weekends and a 7-day intensive workshop week of courses, online exercises, speaker presentations, industry panels, and group work, culminating in a $5,000 business plan competition on the final day. Each of the entrepreneurs presented his/her plan before a distinguished panel of Silicon Valley leaders, venture capitalists and investors. As a bonus, the CIE also awarded $1,000 to sector winners. The competition results are as follows:
$5,000 Grand Prize Winner
Amy Andonian, Day Break Cares
$1,000 Internet/Mobile Apps Sector Winner-TIE
Jeff Parshall, IBeer Bet and
Ian Hafkenschiel, Social Wimzy
$1,000 Technology Sector Winner-FindBot Team
Kishore Atreya, David Kim, Frank Gurtovoy, Sreekanth Dayanidhi
$1,000 Consumer Products Sector Winner - TIE
Mariana Faerron-Gutierrez, Tico Coffee Roasters and
Eric White, Green as it Gets
$1,000 Service Sector Winner - Sreekanth Dayanidhi, KidsKula
After an intense last day of coaching and competition, the group celebrated with family, friends, faculty, mentors, judges, and members of the 2010 and 2011 CAPE Cohort at a certificate ceremony and dinner reception at the historic Adobe Lodge. Leavey School of Business Dean Drew Starbird and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs Dan Aguiar shared reflections and the CIE was pleased to recognize CAPE sponsors Joseph and Linda Bronson.
We look forward to watching these ventures join with the other 41 CAPE ventures to establish roots here in California and grow to fulfill the mission of CAPE: to provide the educational tools to emerging entrepreneurs to help them develop businesses that will contribute to the growth and well being of the community and the California economy.
Congratulations, best wishes for success, and welcome to the Santa Clara University family!