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Congratulations to the 2013 CAPE Cohort!



Congratulations to the twenty-seven emerging entrepreneurs who completed the 2013 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, David and Kathy Pasek and Family, Tria & Barrett Cohn, the Leavey School of Business Office of the Dean and the School of Engineering Office of the Dean.

The six-month program featured four on-site weekends and a 7-day intensive workshop week of courses, online exercises, speaker presentations, industry panel discussions, mentoring, coaching, and group work, culminating in a $5,000 business plan pitch 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 spirit of the competition is to help these entrepreneurs become comfortable pitching and sharing their stories.   The competition results are as follows:

Tria & Barrett Cohn CAPE Business Plan Pitch Competition
$5,000 Grand Prize Winner

Kim Robben, Place My Products

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Congratulations to grand prize winner Kim Robben of PlaceMyProducts.  PlaceMyProducts is positioned to become the "Amazon" of the product placement industry, offering a single end-to-end cloud computing B2B platform connecting production companies and advertisers with product placement in film, television and video productions.

$1,000 Consumer Sector Winner
Jacquetta Lannan, Chez Franc

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Chez Franc is a premium fast-casual eating establishment specializing in artisan hot dogs and sausages, gourmet fries and local wines and beers.  A first of its kind, Chez Franc will feature artful sausages crafted from the finest local-sourced ingredients.  Chez Franc opens in December at 415 California Avenue in Palo Alto.

$1,000 Technology Sector Winners-TIE
Cesar Philippidis, Perception Innovation
Nick Xydes, SkyView


SkyView (Nick Xydes above left) aims to develop an affordable aerial filming device which promises to provide a new aerial vantage point and experience with multiple applications ranging from high school athletics to disaster relief.  

The company mission of Perception Innovation (Cesar Philippidis above right) is to become a leader in enhancing black and white images through their creation of a contrast-enhancing image-sharpening software application to extract detail in images produced by but not limited to x-rays and scanning electron microscope images. 


$1,000 Internet Services Sector Winner 
Alina Adams and Aarti Saini, My Earth Data 

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My Earth Data's core product is a database of environmental health and safety information organized by geographic location, relieving consumers of the arduous task of tracking down and analyzing numerous government technical reports and delivering a concise health quality report highlighting the most significant results. 

$1,000 eCommerce Sector Winner
Narayani Balasubramaniam, ShopNautics

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ShopNautics is a mobile-enabled  cloud platform that will enable retailers/brands and consumers to interact in newer and more effective ways on their mobile devices. 


After an intense last morning of coaching, practice and competition, the group celebrated with family, friends, faculty, mentors, judges, and members of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 CAPE Cohort at an afternoon 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, announce the competition winners and present a certificate of completion to each member of the cohort.

We look forward to watching these ventures join with the other 60 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!


CAPE-Inspiring entrepreneurs, creating jobs, building a strong California

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Click Below for a Link to the Slide Show Movie Shown During Graduation

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The First Four Years

  • 1,100+ Applications Processed by CIE
  • 112 Participants Enrolled
  • 95 Entrepreneurs Completed Program Representing 83 Ventures
  • 85% of 2010-2012 Ventures still active, growing or have been sold
Inspiring entrepreneurs, creating jobs, building a strong California  
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