The Twelfth Annual Business Plan Competition, open to Cameron School of Business seniors in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development concentration, was held on April 13th. Thirty-six students submitted comprehensive business plans accompanied by oral presentations for their EBD 490 (Business Development and Commercialization) course. Each year, Dr. Steve Harper, professor of EBD 490, invites four students from the class to compete.
Noah Miyazaki, Will Reagan, Albane Juarez and Kendall Clayborne (seen left) were the finalists this year, with Miyazaki being awarded the grand prize of $1,300 for his business plan detailing a new type of surgical simulator. Each of the other finalists received $1,100.
TekMountain at Castle Branch was the Master Sponsor again this year, contributing $5,000 towards the competition. Additional sponsors that have offered to provide advisory services for the winner include RSM, Ward & Smith, Blu Zeus Technologies, and SpecialtySoft. The Beck Foundation and The Cameron School of Business also sponsor the competition.
The judges for the competition were Paul Baron - U.S. CEO of K-9000 Dog Wash; Rocco Quaranto - Co-founder of Tama Café; Rob Baratta (winner of the 2015 competition) – Founder of Arrest Relief, as well as Sean Ahlum and Amanda Sipes of tekMountain.
Congratulations to Noah and the three finalists!