T h e C e n t e r f o r T e c h n o l o g y C o m m e r c i a l i z a t i o n
The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and
May 1, 2008. At a gathering of nearly 300 people in the Davidson Conference Center at USC, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and its Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) presented a total of $50,000 in prize money to the winners of the Fourth Annual USC Business Plan and Technology Commercialization Plan Competition. The winners were MBA candidate Elizabeth Amini and undergraduate entrepreneur majors Noah Auerhahn, Jeff Nobbs, and Dane McLeod. In addition to the prize money that will be used to launch their businesses, the winners take away six months of free space in the LA Technology Business Center, an incubator that has been a close partner with CTC and has offered internship opportunities to entrepreneur students with its companies..
The judges for this year's competition included entrepreneurs, angel investors, and investment bankers.
Lloyd Greif, Greif & Co.
April 18, 2008
A review panel of 8 Tech Coast and Pasadena Angels have chosen six finalists who will present before a panel of judges on April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in JKP 212.
Mobile Travel Assistant – Stefan Bolowich, Chetan Chawla, Kevin McClave Mobile travel solution for coprorate travelers needing to make it inerary changes
Mobile travel solution for coprorate travelers needing to make it
AbouTime – Erik Giles online payment solution for service companies
online payment solution for service companies
Nous Sports Inc. – Naser Khan and Imo Umoren A proprietary coaching system to analyze game plays live on the field
A proprietary coaching system to analyze game plays live on the field
Extrabux – Dane McLeod, Jeffrey Nobbs, Noah Auerhahn hopping portal combining cash-back rewards and comparison shopping
hopping portal combining cash-back rewards and comparison shopping
Anti-AgingGames.com – Elizabeth Amini
Civility Mutual – Michael Woods
More about the competition...
The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, one of the leading centers for the education and practice of entrepreneurship, and its Center for Technology Commercialization, a leader in programs and processes for technology entrepreneurship and the commercialization of technologies, join to offer this opportunity to realize your dreams and start your own company. This year we are adding a Technology Commercialization Plan competition so you have two opportunities to win.
1) All-comers business plan competition for $25,000. All types of businesses are welcome but the winner must be a business that is within six months of being ready to launch..
2) Technology commercialization plan competition for technologies developed at USC with a prize of $25,000 and six months free space in the Business Technology Center incubator. These technologies should have reached the prototype stage at a minimum.
Even if you don't win, you will get a lot of support and guidance as well as make powerful connections in the entrepreneurial and investor communities.
Click the links on the sidebar to find more information about the 2008 Competition
One of the many ways that the Greif Center and the Center for Technology Commercialization reach out to faculty and students on the UPC campus as well as the Health Sciences Campus is through an annual university-wide business plan competition. This year’s $25,000 prize was sponsored by the Greif Center, the Center for Technology Commercialization, one of our alumni entrepreneurs of the year, Torin Pavia and his company ARbitech, and the Los Angeles Business Technology Center that is providing six months of free space in its incubator.
We received 32 business plans for this year’s competition. The plans were reviewed by an outside panel of reviewers comprised of investment experts from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. It was their job to decide which teams would compete in the finals. The review panel consisted of
Screening and review of the written plans for the 2007 competition was extremely competitive, and the judges spent a considerable amount of time debating the merits of each plan. The judges for the competition included:
Lloyd Greif - Greif & Co. Mr. Greif founded Greif & Co in 1992 after a decade-long investment banking career as vice chairman of Sutro & Co. He was the first alumnus of an entrepreneur program to come back and endow the program from which he graduated.
Larry Tashjian : the founder, President and CEO of CAM Capital Advisors, a value-based manager in public and private companies. Prior he grew Provident Investment Counsel to a $25 billion company at its peak when it was acquired. He also funded the Capital Markets training Room here at Marshall. He is a graduate of the graduate entrepreneur program
Steven Block : Retired as the senior vice president and general counsel of International Flavors & Fragrances in 2003, one of many Fortune 500 corporations with which he has worked. He is currently a member of the Tech Coast Angels and is a partner in Venture Farm, an early state execution and funding organization.
Jonathan Goody : His Bay Equity Real Estate holds over 5000 residential units in several states. His Community Bank of the Bay was the most profitable small bank in California. He just acquired 3 Coldstone Creameries, and his Bay Automotive Group – just acquired East Bay Mitsubishi and East Bay Kia, and he has a construction company – he’s a real conglomerate.
Richard Morganstern : comes from a distinguished career as an intellectual property attorney as well as Chairman of and investment banking firm focusing on funding from Foreign sources for early stage technology ventures. He is the co-found of Language Weaver, the world’s leading supplier of natural language translation systems, a USC spin-off. He currently serves on as President of the Tech Coast Angels and is a member of the Advisory board of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization.
Dr. Kevin Scanlon : distinguished career in academic medicine, pharmaceutical industry management and is currently a member of both the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels where he is mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs and also consulting to international governments in Europe and Asia to develop Centers of Excellence in Bioscience. Kevin is a member of the advisory board of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2007 USC Business Plan Competition
Xenon – Jordan Wiens and Michael Andraos
The other finalists were:
Dine to Thrive – Wade Armstrong and Christiane Girao
Halftime Entertainment – Christine Katzman
EyePredict – Ran Carmi, Gabriel Law, Irina Fayngersh, and Michael Uyeda
MedSpace – Geoffrey Phil lippe and Julia Matusov
CliqUp – Chis Chen, Izu Matsuo and Eric Suilano