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Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization
The Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO) provides a forum for networking and learning outside of the classroom. The CIE works together with the club to bring exciting networking events, competitions, lectures and unique opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs of all majors.
CIE Advisory Board Member Marc van den Berg serves as SCEO Chair and Dan Aguiar, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, serves as SCEO Advisor and club sponsor. Please click here for a message from Marc van den Berg.
2012-2013 SCEO Officers
From SCEO 2009-2010 Co-President Bret Gladfelty:
Business Plan Competition
$1,000 Cash Prize sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The annual SCEO Business Plan Competition is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 7-9 pm, Lucas Hall 126~Forbes Family Conference Center. Share your game-changing business plan and prepare a team presentation. A workshop on elements of a successful slide deck will be held on April 18 at the SCEO General Meeting.Workshop: Thursday, April 18, Time TBA, Locatelli Center
Competition: Thursday, April 18, 7 pm, Lucas Hall 126
Interested in watching? Spectators are welcome and encouraged!!
SCEO Competitions Archive
SCEO Business Plan Competition 2012
May 17th, 2012
This year's SCEO Business Plan Competition, which was sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, displayed a fantastic gathering of innovative ideas from SCU students.The competition is designed to promote and foster students with their entrepreneurial projects and ideas.The winner will also receive a $1000 grand prize to promote their venture.With a panel of Venture Capitalists and Professor's judging the competition, the winner came down to a tough decision.The winner of this year's annual Business Plan Competition went to Sammy Pontrelli and Saayeli Mukherjee's winning idea, 2DPN (Two Dimensional Paper Network).2DPN is a test strip, scientifically designed to detect any bacterial or waterborne illnesses.
"Our product is specifically designed for third world countries," Senior Sammy Pontrelli says."we would be able to make 2DPN at a very low cost because it's paper so it would be easy to manufacture."The Bio-engineering major met his soon-to-be business partner, Saayeli Mukerjee, a Finance major, only a week before the competition.The duo, who went first in the competition, didn't believe they did very well."We ended up leaving for a quick drink because we thought we didn't do that well compared to everyone else."To their surprise, upon returning to the competition, 2DPN was announced as this year's winning team.
"I'll probably put the money towards the project.I want to develop the technology to make 2DPN actually happen to form a conglomerate of bacterial diagnosis.Or it might just go towards my housing."Either way, the pair did a fantastic job and we can't wait to see how 2DPN develops in the future.
Be A VC Competition
February 16, 2012
Your Venture Group will soon be holding its yearly strategy session. The Partners in your firm have turned to you to create an initial investment thesis on ONE of the two following sectors: Cloud Computing or Mobile . Given that your fund has a 5-year investment horizon, $200 million of capital, and reserves up to $20 million of capital per prospective investment, you will make a 15 minute presentation to lay out your investment thesis on the chosen sector and recommend an attractive investment opportunity to the partnership based on your thesis.
Register here by February 10th to be eligible to receive up to $1000 in prizes.
This competition is an internal competition used in preparation for the regional competition in April with both Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Associated Content (First place in Internal Competition, 3rd Place in Regional Competition) Team: Chaz Flexman, more info here
More Info on the Regional Competition:Click here
Congratulations to the winners: Vincent Fong, Vaishali Parekh and Chewy Jang!
Double congratulations to Chewy Jang, who was also the winner of the SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition held in the Fall. This competition and prizes were sponsored by the CIE:
Be a Barista CompetitionFebruary 9, 2012
Do you have what it takes to become a barista? Come test your skills and see what it is like for a day. On February 9th, SCEO will be hosting a new competition to see who can make the best combination of a non –alcoholic drink. In a team of one, two, or many, create a drink of your choice and sell it to the student body of Santa Clara. Each team will be given $50 and keeps the profit from each sale!
Register here by February 8th to be eligible to receive $50 for your team.