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Business School Competition Solicits Business Plans for Boomer-Focused Ventures

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2009

Business School Competition Solicits Business Plans for Boomer-Focused Ventures

 Sixth Annual Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit & Business Plan Competition Taking Place June 16-17; Winners Eligible for $11,000 in Prizes

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 17, 2009 — The Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and Mary Furlong & Associates are soliciting business plans for the sixth annual Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition, taking place at Santa Clara University on June 16 and 17.

Entrepreneurs interested in participating are asked to submit a full 5-page business plan by May 1. Judges are especially interested in business plans focused on biodesign, medical devices, geriatrics and gerontology. Finalists will be selected May 21.

 Please visit for more information and Enter Competition .

 The 2009 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition is a venue for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, or VCs, to share information about serving or investing in companies that serve the boomer market—consumers aged 45 and older. Leading VCs will discuss why they are investing heavily in this market; company executives will discuss their business plans; and VC analysts will explain how they segment the market and evaluate business opportunities.

 In addition, the summit features a business plan competition, where finalists will present their business ideas to a panel of judges and compete for a $10,000 grand prize or $1,000 for Best Elevator Pitch.

 “On June 17, entrepreneurs passionate about the field of aging will come together to explore and share products and services that will be useful to boomers as they age,” said Mary Furlong, Boomer Market Analyst and event organizer.

 Who Attends the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit & Business Plan Competition?

Investors and venture capitalists

Corporate strategists and marketing experts

Analysts who track segments of the market

Organizations that serve the boomer consumer

Media that report on the marketplace

Entrepreneurs who serve the Boomer market

The summit’s sponsors include Southwest Airlines and AARP.

For more information, please visit or send an email to

About the Leavey School of Business

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1926, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business program is among the top 35 in the nation (and among top three in California), its MBA program has ranked in the top 15 for the last decade, and its Executive MBA is ranked 19th in the U.S. The school opened its new $49 million building for undergraduate, graduate, and professional business education in fall 2008. For more information, see


About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,758 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see


About Mary Furlong & Associates

Mary Furlong & Associates works with companies seeking to capitalize on new business and investment opportunities in the boomer market. The company provides business development, financing strategy and integrated marketing solutions to entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profit organizations serving the 50+ market. Mary Furlong is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business. See for more information about the boomer marketplace.


Media Contact: Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | (408) 554-5121.




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