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April 19, 2011


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Young entrepreneurs vie for interest and investors at the 13th Annual Business Plan Competition at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business


Providing a hassle-free alternative to finding parking in crowded cities. Creating zero-emission energy from seaweed. Offering service-oriented software to enable microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Those are just a few of the imaginative, innovative, and promising business plans competing to win this year's UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition (Bplan). Selected from a record 202 entries, 37 entrepreneurs will go to the semi-finals to present and pitch their plans to a panel of judges including venture capital executives, angel investors, intermediaries, and established entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs have spent over three months refining their plans with the help of industry mentors who help entrants turn ideas into a full-fledged business plans. Since 1999, Bplan has awarded more than $500,000 in prizes to entrepreneurs and new businesses in four industry spheres: products & services, energy & cleantech, IT & web, and life sciences.

The BPlan Finals include:

- The Elevator Pitch Award - 29 one-minute presentations

- People's Choice Award - Audience votes on their favorite team from the top eight contenders

- Grand Prize Winner -Announcement of competition winner


Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Bplan Finals

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Watch a live stream of the Bplan finals online: http://bit.ly/dQudkT


Haas School of Business - Andersen Auditorium

2220 Piedmont Ave.

University of California, Berkeley


Eight finalists were previously judged by John Steuart, Claremont Creek Ventures; Carl Amdahl, DCM, (Doll Capital Management is the IT & Web track sponsor.); Jed Katz, Javelin Venture Partners; Brook Porter, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB); Todd Kimmel, Mayfield Fund; Jim Smith, Mohr Davidow Ventures; Garry Little, Morgenthaler Ventures; Brian Monahan, UM (Universal McCann)

Media Contact:

Jenny Stingle