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  •  Entrepreneurs' Choice Award to SCU Team

    Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 12:05 AM

    A team of Santa Clara University School of Business MBA students received “The Entrepreneurs’ Choice” award during the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) held at Southern California University on March 4.

    The students, all from the class of 2011, placed third in the overall competition, which included MBA teams from California and the western states. Kannan Anathanarayanan, Rosy Bagai, Kamal Koliya, Ravinder Kumar, and Ganesan Velajan, were the SCU team that had previously won in the internal business school “intramurals,” sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Connection (a graduate business student club),  and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    Similar to a business plan competition, the VCIC emphasizes the role of venture capitalists. Teams heard real-life pitches from entrepreneurs, and were scored on their analysis and evaluation of the plans. Team members said the biggest takeaway from the event was the emphasis on relationships—from picking a strong team at the start to developing relationships with the entrepreneurs. “VCs and entrepreneurs bet on the execution capability of the team, more than the idea or technology,” said the SCU team. “If the idea is good, but there is a poor fit between the entrepreneur and the VC, the deal might not go through.”

    Alumni Steve Foster ‘84, Rocky Pimentel ‘77, and Andy Bartley MBA ‘10 were SCU team mentors, and Abhinav Talwar “11, president of the Entrepreneur Connection, coordinated the events.

  •  Innovation & Ideation Workshop : November 6

    Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 9:25 AM

    Game-changing ideas can be found anywhere--you just need to know how to recognize them. Learn what is hindering your innovative capabilities in a new workshop sponsored by the Graduate Business Career Management office.

    "Innovation and Ideation: Getting to that 'Big Idea' " will explore creative thinking on Saturday, November 6, from 10 AM to 12 noon in the Forbes Family Conference Center (LH126).

    Participants will learn:

    • what's hindering an individual's innovative capabilities
    • what new mindsets can be adopted to open up the thought process
    • how to use the real-world to test and refine your ideas

    Seating is limited, so reserve your place using our online RSVP system >>

    Innovation Workshop November 6, 2010
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