SANTA CLARA, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2006 –-
The 2006 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Capital Business Plan Competition has attracted venture capital, private and public sector talent onto its esteemed judging panels. This business plan competition, targeting the 45+ market, offers a $10,000 grand prize and the opportunity to pitch Silicon Valley venture capital firms post-competition.
“Last year, the competition attracted entrepreneurial talent from over 11 countries and participating universities included Wharton, M.I.T, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon. This year we expect greater participation since Facebook.com will be publicizing the event on their popular website, and we have culled a global list of judges,” said Dr. Mary Furlong, co-producer of the event and founder of Mary Furlong & Associates.
This year’s esteemed panel of finalist judges includes:
Jennifer Fonstad, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Michael Goldberg, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Emilio Pardo, Chief Brand Officer, AARP Services, Inc.
Jon Staenberg, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners
Brad Vale, Vice-President, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
Also added to the competition this year is a panel of screening judges that will parse down the Top 20 Semifinalist business plans to the Top 5 Finalist plans. All 20 Semifinalists will receive feedback from this elite panel which includes experts on the boomer market such as: Gloria Cavanaugh, President & CEO American Society on Aging, Jim Emerman, Executive Vice President for Civic Ventures, Ron Feinstein, CEO - Lifeline Systems, Robert (Bob) Henderschott, Professor of Finance, Leavey School of Business - Santa Clara University, Dick Stroud, Author, “The 50+ Market,” Fernando Torres-Gil, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Public Policy and Social Research, University of California, Los Angeles, and Shinobu Toyota, Executive Vice President of Content Strategy and Business Development for Sega America.
For additional information or to submit your intention, please visit http://www.boomerventuresummit.com/competition. Intent to enter deadline is April 21, 2006.
About the co-producers
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 recognized as one of the best in California, and its MBA program is ranked 10th in the nation among part-time graduate programs for working professionals. More than 80 percent of its 1,100 MBA student body are working professionals in the Bay Area.
Mary Furlong & Associates works with companies seeking to capitalize on new business and investment opportunities in this $2 trillion-per-year market. MFA provides business development, financing strategy and integrated marketing solutions to entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profit organizations serving the 50+ market. Mary Furlong, Ed.D also serves as a executive professor on Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley. See http://www.MaryFurlong.com for more information.