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Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
4th Floor, Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.898.4856
www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu
http://bpc.wharton.upenn.edu
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Final Round Presentations &
Award Ceremony
Jon M. Huntsman Hall
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wharton Business Plan
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Grand Prize Sponsor
Contents
WHARTON BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION BUILDING TOMORROW’S LEADING ENTERPRISES
The Wharton
Business Plan Competition
acknowledges and thanks
its sponsors
for their generosity
and support.
The Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.
Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Gold Sponsor
Ve n t u r e F i n a l s
Event Sponsor
Venture Finals Agenda
1
Overview of the Wharton Business Plan Competition
2
Competition Prizes
5
Finalists: The “Great Eight”
7
Venture Finals Judges
17
Semi-Finalists
21
Past Participants
27
Phase I Judges
34
Phase II Judges
35
Phase III Judges
37
Mentors
40
Contributors
40
The Wharton Business Plan Competition
is a part of
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs.
For more information visit:
MentorTech Ventures
Competition Committee
41
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board
42
www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu
http://bpc.wharton.upenn.edu
Grand Prize Sponsor
Contents
WHARTON BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION BUILDING TOMORROW’S LEADING ENTERPRISES
The Wharton
Business Plan Competition
acknowledges and thanks
its sponsors
for their generosity
and support.
The Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.
Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Gold Sponsor
Ve n t u r e F i n a l s
Event Sponsor
Venture Finals Agenda
1
Overview of the Wharton Business Plan Competition
2
Competition Prizes
5
Finalists: The “Great Eight”
7
Venture Finals Judges
17
Semi-Finalists
21
Past Participants
27
Phase I Judges
34
Phase II Judges
35
Phase III Judges
37
Mentors
40
Contributors
40
The Wharton Business Plan Competition
is a part of
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs.
For more information visit:
MentorTech Ventures
Competition Committee
41
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Advisory Board
42
www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu
http://bpc.wharton.upenn.edu
Agenda
Ve n t u r e F i n a l s A g e n d a
Award Ceremony
The Wharton School and
5:50–6:30
Elevator Pitches
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
5:00–5:20
Each team will have 10 minutes to
would like to thank
Networking Reception
4:45–5:50
present and 10 minutes of judge
Q&A.Five minutes are allotted to
The Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.
Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Cortical Concepts
4:25–4:45
transitions between teams.
First Stage Diagnostics
4:00–4:20
for its sponsorship of the
Kembrel.com
3:35–3:55
2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition
Hector Beverages
3:10–3:30
Grand Prize.
Networking Break
2:45–3:10
The Gary Karlin Michelson MD Charitable Foundation Inc.is devoted to
R2R Therapeutics
improving access to educational resources,bolstering concern for animal welfare,
2:25–2:45
and driving technological innovation in the nation’s premier universities.
Celluslosic BioTherapeutics
In addition to its support for the Wharton Business Plan Competition,
2:00–2:20
During the reception,each finalist
will present a 1–2 minute elevator
CADIA Technologies
the Gary Karlin Michelson Foundation funds the $75 million Michelson Prize
pitch and the audience will choose
1:35–1:55
and Grants in Reproductive Biology and has established
the People’s Choice Award winner.
NanoLab
the Found Animals Foundation (foundanimalsfoundation.org).
1:10–1:30
Introduction & Welcome
1:00–1:10
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
5:30
1
Agenda
Ve n t u r e F i n a l s A g e n d a
Award Ceremony
The Wharton School and
5:50–6:30
Elevator Pitches
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
5:00–5:20
Each team will have 10 minutes to
would like to thank
Networking Reception
4:45–5:50
present and 10 minutes of judge
Q&A.Five minutes are allotted to
The Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.
Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Cortical Concepts
4:25–4:45
transitions between teams.
First Stage Diagnostics
4:00–4:20
for its sponsorship of the
Kembrel.com
3:35–3:55
2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition
Hector Beverages
3:10–3:30
Grand Prize.
Networking Break
2:45–3:10
The Gary Karlin Michelson MD Charitable Foundation Inc.is devoted to
R2R Therapeutics
improving access to educational resources,bolstering concern for animal welfare,
2:25–2:45
and driving technological innovation in the nation’s premier universities.
Celluslosic BioTherapeutics
In addition to its support for the Wharton Business Plan Competition,
2:00–2:20
During the reception,each finalist
will present a 1–2 minute elevator
CADIA Technologies
the Gary Karlin Michelson Foundation funds the $75 million Michelson Prize
pitch and the audience will choose
1:35–1:55
and Grants in Reproductive Biology and has established
the People’s Choice Award winner.
NanoLab
the Found Animals Foundation (foundanimalsfoundation.org).
1:10–1:30
Introduction & Welcome
1:00–1:10
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
5:30
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Wharton Business Plan
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Program Overview
Phase II Competitive Phase/Business Overview
Phase IV Venture Finals
Learning Components
Now in its twelfth year,the Wharton Business Plan
As the first competitive phase,Phase II requires
The premier event of the WBPC,the Venture Finals
Mentor Program
Competition (WBPC) is among the leading global
students to submit a more detailed description of
is a unique opportunity for the“Great Eight”finalists
university-run business plan competitions.The WBPC
the business concept,its potential market and likely
to present their business plans to distinguished
was launched in 1998 by the Wharton Entrepreneur-
competitors.These business overviews are read by
judges,who will select the winners.The Venture
ship Club and is now part of Wharton Entrepreneurial
venture capitalists,entrepreneurs and industry
Finals attracts an audience of over 200 venture capi-
Programs,which co-manages the event with a
experts,who rank the feasibility of the proposed
talists,entrepreneurs,industry specialists,attorneys,
specially selected student committee.The WBPC is
businesses. At the end of Phase II,25 semi-finalists
local business leaders,alumni,students and media
open to all students at the University of Pennsyl-
are selected through a rigorous judging process.
representatives. All finalist teams make a live interac-
vania,and in the 2009–2010 academic year,drew
Phase III Semi-Finals/Full Business Plan
participants from nine Schools across the University.
»
a structured educational entrepreneurial
experience;
»
access to experienced entrepreneurs through
the Mentor Program;
»
»
interaction with seasoned venture capitalists;
training in business plan writing,the legal issues
of entrepreneurship and business plan financial
2
agers and venture capitalists who provide insight into
the business world and,in doing so,help to shape
specific aspects of the students’concepts or plans.
Ongoing interaction between students and mentors
beyond the WBPC is encouraged.
Participation Process
The WBPC spans the entire academic year and
consists of the following phases:
Phase I Advisory Phase/Brief Business Concept
Held in the fall,Phase I encourages participation
by as many students as possible through the development and appraisal of a business concept.This is
a noncompetitive phase where ideas are reviewed
and critiqued,but neither scored nor ranked against
each other.
Judges
Phase III invites the 25 semi-finalists to describe
the judges adjourn and deliberate the Michelson
Judges provide valuable feedback to students on
their concepts in a full business plan.The process of
Grand Prize,Second Prize and Third Prize.
the venture concepts at every phase of the WBPC.
While the judges are deliberating,the entire
Selected judges bring experience and knowledge of
audience and public can convene for a reception
the venture process to the WBPC.The WBPC
during which each Great Eight team delivers a
committee makes every effort to ensure a fair and
1–2 minute Elevator Pitch on their concept.
equitable process.Guidelines for judging—strictly
Following the pitches,the audience votes on the
maintained—dictate that each judge reads a given
winner of the People’s Choice Award.
business concept,overview or plan only once during
All prizes are announced during the evening’s
the competition.
putting together a full business plan encourages
students to detail all aspects of launching,growing
and managing a new venture. At the end of
Phase III,eight finalists (the “Great Eight”) are
selected to present their plans before a panel of
judges at the Venture Finals,where cash and in-kind
prizes are awarded.
Award Ceremony,immediately following the
an introduction to myriad entrepreneurial
resources, both on campus and in the region.
experienced entrepreneurs,seasoned business man-
their business’s viability. After these presentations
development;and
»
The Mentor Program matches student teams with
tive presentation to convince the panel of judges of
more than 230 student teams,comprising over 425
These participants receive:
Competition
Competition
C
networking reception.
Building Tomorrow’s Leading Enterprises
3
Wharton Business Plan
O
M
P
E
T
I
T
I
O
N
Program Overview
Phase II Competitive Phase/Business Overview
Phase IV Venture Finals
Learning Components
Now in its twelfth year,the Wharton Business Plan
As the first competitive phase,Phase II requires
The premier event of the WBPC,the Venture Finals
Mentor Program
Competition (WBPC) is among the leading global
students to submit a more detailed description of
is a unique opportunity for the“Great Eight”finalists
university-run business plan competitions.The WBPC
the business concept,its potential market and likely
to present their business plans to distinguished
was launched in 1998 by the Wharton Entrepreneur-
competitors.These business overviews are read by
judges,who will select the winners.The Venture
ship Club and is now part of Wharton Entrepreneurial
venture capitalists,entrepreneurs and industry
Finals attracts an audience of over 200 venture capi-
Programs,which co-manages the event with a
experts,who rank the feasibility of the proposed
talists,entrepreneurs,industry specialists,attorneys,
specially selected student committee.The WBPC is
businesses. At the end of Phase II,25 semi-finalists
local business leaders,alumni,students and media
open to all students at the University of Pennsyl-
are selected through a rigorous judging process.
representatives. All finalist teams make a live interac-
vania,and in the 2009–2010 academic year,drew
Phase III Semi-Finals/Full Business Plan
participants from nine Schools across the University.
»
a structured educational entrepreneurial
experience;
»
access to experienced entrepreneurs through
the Mentor Program;
»
»
interaction with seasoned venture capitalists;
training in business plan writing,the legal issues
of entrepreneurship and business plan financial
2
agers and venture capitalists who provide insight into
the business world and,in doing so,help to shape
specific aspects of the students’concepts or plans.
Ongoing interaction between students and mentors
beyond the WBPC is encouraged.
Participation Process
The WBPC spans the entire academic year and
consists of the following phases:
Phase I Advisory Phase/Brief Business Concept
Held in the fall,Phase I encourages participation
by as many students as possible through the development and appraisal of a business concept.This is
a noncompetitive phase where ideas are reviewed
and critiqued,but neither scored nor ranked against
each other.
Judges
Phase III invites the 25 semi-finalists to describe
the judges adjourn and deliberate the Michelson
Judges provide valuable feedback to students on
their concepts in a full business plan.The process of
Grand Prize,Second Prize and Third Prize.
the venture concepts at every phase of the WBPC.
While the judges are deliberating,the entire
Selected judges bring experience and knowledge of
audience and public can convene for a reception
the venture process to the WBPC.The WBPC
during which each Great Eight team delivers a
committee makes every effort to ensure a fair and
1–2 minute Elevator Pitch on their concept.
equitable process.Guidelines for judging—strictly
Following the pitches,the audience votes on the
maintained—dictate that each judge reads a given
winner of the People’s Choice Award.
business concept,overview or plan only once during
All prizes are announced during the evening’s
the competition.
putting together a full business plan encourages
students to detail all aspects of launching,growing
and managing a new venture. At the end of
Phase III,eight finalists (the “Great Eight”) are
selected to present their plans before a panel of
judges at the Venture Finals,where cash and in-kind
prizes are awarded.
Award Ceremony,immediately following the
an introduction to myriad entrepreneurial
resources, both on campus and in the region.
experienced entrepreneurs,seasoned business man-
their business’s viability. After these presentations
development;and
»
The Mentor Program matches student teams with
tive presentation to convince the panel of judges of
more than 230 student teams,comprising over 425
These participants receive:
Competition
Competition
C
networking reception.
Building Tomorrow’s Leading Enterprises
3
Workshops
judge-provided feedback received by WBPC participants.Led by Wharton and Penn faculty,as well as
members of the University of Pennsylvania entrepre-
Crafting Financial Statements for a Business Plan
December 7,2009
March 16,2010
Eric Siegel, W’78, WG’80
Lawrence Gelburd, WG’91
Associated Faculty
Associated Faculty
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
»
»
The Wharton School
Team Building
Presentation Skills for Entrepreneurs
January 21,2010
April 14 & 15,2010
Pitou Devgon, WG’10
Idea Generation
2008–2009 WBPC Michelson Grand Prize Winner
November 3,2009
(open to the “Great Eight” finalists only)
Lisa Warshaw
Moving Innovation from Academia to the Marketplace:
»
Professor of Operations
Technology Transfer at UPenn and CHOP
Glenn Rockefeller
and Information Management
January 25,2010
President
John Swartely
»
The Wharton School
Deputy Executive Director
Library Resources for Entrepreneurs
Center for Technology Transfer
and Business Plan Writing
»
University of Pennsylvania
Karen Anello
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Business Research Librarian,Lippincott Library
March 16,2010
The Wharton School
Student teams participating in the WBPC compete
by a generous donation from The Gary Karlin
committee of the WBPC is awarding prizes in the
for over $45,000 in cash prizes and access to entrepre-
Michelson,M.D.Charitable Foundation,Inc.
three categories: social,global,and committee’s
neurial resources or capital.The prizes are:
The Frederick H.Gloeckner Award in
Michelson Grand Prize: $20,000
Entrepreneurial Studies is given to the highest-
Second Prize: $10,000
ranking Wharton undergraduate team in the WBPC.
Third Prize: $5,000
At least 50% of the team must be made up of
Gloeckner Award: $5,000
Wharton undergraduate students.The team must
People’s Choice Award: $3,000
reach the semi-finals and submit a business plan for
Wharton Communication Program
WBPC Student Committee Awards: $1,000 each
consideration as a finalist.
choice.The teams must reach the semi-finals and
submit a business plan for consideration as a finalist.
Tech Solutions Group;
In-kind Legal
Providing in-kind legal services are:
Past Participants
Wharton Communication Program
and Accounting Services
»
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll,LLP
Since its inception,the WBPC has generated a host
»
Blank Rome LLP
Each of the top prize winners will receive up
of business concepts.Not only are many Grand Prize
winners still in operation today,but also,the
to $10,000 of combined in-kind legal and
November 10,2009
»
For the first time,in 2010,the student management
Director
Christian Terwisch
»
The Michelson Grand Prize is made possible
The Wharton School
neurial community,the workshops are open to all
student teams.This year’s workshops were:
Competition Prizes
Competition
Competition
Workshop seminars complement the mentoring and
Business Plan Writing 101
accounting services.
»
Morgan Lewis Counselors at Law
Providing in-kind accounting services are:
Ricardo Moran
Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice
»
Hunton & William
semi-finals and finals phases have spawned
myriad successful ventures.Past participants have
raised significant amounts of venture funding,sold
»
Ernst & Young
»
Jefferson Wells
»
KPMG
their businesses to multi-national corporations,and
received industry recognition for their innovations.
For additional details on part participants,and
where they are now,visit page 27.
4
5
Workshops
judge-provided feedback received by WBPC participants.Led by Wharton and Penn faculty,as well as
members of the University of Pennsylvania entrepre-
Crafting Financial Statements for a Business Plan
December 7,2009
March 16,2010
Eric Siegel, W’78, WG’80
Lawrence Gelburd, WG’91
Associated Faculty
Associated Faculty
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
»
»
The Wharton School
Team Building
Presentation Skills for Entrepreneurs
January 21,2010
April 14 & 15,2010
Pitou Devgon, WG’10
Idea Generation
2008–2009 WBPC Michelson Grand Prize Winner
November 3,2009
(open to the “Great Eight” finalists only)
Lisa Warshaw
Moving Innovation from Academia to the Marketplace:
»
Professor of Operations
Technology Transfer at UPenn and CHOP
Glenn Rockefeller
and Information Management
January 25,2010
President
John Swartely
»
The Wharton School
Deputy Executive Director
Library Resources for Entrepreneurs
Center for Technology Transfer
and Business Plan Writing
»
University of Pennsylvania
Karen Anello
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Business Research Librarian,Lippincott Library
March 16,2010
The Wharton School
Student teams participating in the WBPC compete
by a generous donation from The Gary Karlin
committee of the WBPC is awarding prizes in the
for over $45,000 in cash prizes and access to entrepre-
Michelson,M.D.Charitable Foundation,Inc.
three categories: social,global,and committee’s
neurial resources or capital.The prizes are:
The Frederick H.Gloeckner Award in
Michelson Grand Prize: $20,000
Entrepreneurial Studies is given to the highest-
Second Prize: $10,000
ranking Wharton undergraduate team in the WBPC.
Third Prize: $5,000
At least 50% of the team must be made up of
Gloeckner Award: $5,000
Wharton undergraduate students.The team must
People’s Choice Award: $3,000
reach the semi-finals and submit a business plan for
Wharton Communication Program
WBPC Student Committee Awards: $1,000 each
consideration as a finalist.
choice.The teams must reach the semi-finals and
submit a business plan for consideration as a finalist.
Tech Solutions Group;
In-kind Legal
Providing in-kind legal services are:
Past Participants
Wharton Communication Program
and Accounting Services
»
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll,LLP
Since its inception,the WBPC has generated a host
»
Blank Rome LLP
Each of the top prize winners will receive up
of business concepts.Not only are many Grand Prize
winners still in operation today,but also,the
to $10,000 of combined in-kind legal and
November 10,2009
»
For the first time,in 2010,the student management
Director
Christian Terwisch
»
The Michelson Grand Prize is made possible
The Wharton School
neurial community,the workshops are open to all
student teams.This year’s workshops were:
Competition Prizes
Competition
Competition
Workshop seminars complement the mentoring and
Business Plan Writing 101
accounting services.
»
Morgan Lewis Counselors at Law
Providing in-kind accounting services are:
Ricardo Moran
Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice
»
Hunton & William
semi-finals and finals phases have spawned
myriad successful ventures.Past participants have
raised significant amounts of venture funding,sold
»
Ernst & Young
»
Jefferson Wells
»
KPMG
their businesses to multi-national corporations,and
received industry recognition for their innovations.
For additional details on part participants,and
where they are now,visit page 27.
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5
Wharton Business Plan
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C A D I A Te c h n o l o g i e s
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics
The
“G r e a t E i g h t ”
Cortical Concepts
First Stage Diagnostics
Hector Beverages LLC
Finals Teams & Judges
Kembrel.com
NanoLab
R2R Therapeutics
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Wharton Business Plan
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Finalists
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C A D I A Te c h n o l o g i e s
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics
The
“G r e a t E i g h t ”
Cortical Concepts
First Stage Diagnostics
Hector Beverages LLC
Finals Teams & Judges
Kembrel.com
NanoLab
R2R Therapeutics
7
C A D I A Te c h n o l o g i e s
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics
Description
Team Leader
Greg Millhauser, WG’10
CADIA is developing the next generation in cervical screening technology. CADIA’s lead product,
CERVIPROBE,is a handheld probe that utilizes the power of oblique polarization reflectance spectroscopy
[email protected]
Description
Sigal Saar, WG’11
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics is a biomedical device company that utilizes variants of the naturally occurring
[email protected]
polymer,cellulose,to produce appropriate scaffolds for tissue regeneration.The company’s lead product,
CelluloDisc,promises to address back pain through the spinal industry’s first regenerative approach.
(OPRS) to accurately and painlessly diagnose cervical cancer in real-time.Every year, 50 million American
Team Members
Team Members
women rely on the Pap test to screen for cervical cancer.This uncomfortable test,which has remained
virtually unchanged in over 60 years,has a high incidence of false positives,leading to unnecessary costly
referrals,additional lab work,and patient anxiety. In a recent clinical trial of 27 patients conducted by
Adam Birnbaum
Roy Amariglio
Charles Stacey
Jerome Govin
Neil Wadehra
Raphael Ong
CADIA’s technology partner at the University of Texas-Austin,the company’s OPRS probe has shown
Len Podolsky
superior efficacy in detecting cancerous and pre-cancerous tissue.CERVIPROBE will become the new gold
Riju Ray
standard in cervical screening by empowering physicians to confidently diagnose cervical cancers and
Agnes Savigner
CelluloDisc allows regeneration of the core part of the spinal disc. It is composed of a liquid gel combined
with an appropriate mix of growth factors.The liquid gel which is injected to the spine disc hardens within
15 minutes and creates a temporal tissue-supportive scaffold between vertebrae.The growth factors embedded in the gel facilitate the colonization and differentiation of cells from the healthy tissue that surrounds
the hydrogel,and regenerates the spinal disc.This makes CelluloDisc the first regenerative approach for the
spine in the market.Reconstitution of the spinal disc will not only relieve back pain,but preserve spine
flexibility as well.CelluloDisc comprises a proprietary hydrogel derived from cellulose,a natural non-toxic
abnormalities in one step,saving time and money,while reducing patient anxiety and discomfort.
compound.This hydrogel embeds appropriate growth factors.CelluloDisc is delivered via injection into the
spinal disc NP space as a liquid,and is subsequently hardened within 15 minutes to form a tissue-supportive
and load-bearing temporal scaffold.This temporal scaffold facilitates the healing of internal spinal disc
Industry
injury as the growth factors promote colonization and differentiation of remaining healthy tissue cells to
»
Life Sciences/Biotech
regenerate the NP naturally.The procedure will be performed as an outpatient surgery in one session,with
patients expected to fully recover in 3 months.CelluloDisc will be regulated as a Class III medical device,
requiring Pre-Market Approval.
Industry
»
8
Life Sciences/Biotech
9
Finals Teams & Judges
Finals Teams & Judges
Team Leader
C A D I A Te c h n o l o g i e s
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics
Description
Team Leader
Greg Millhauser, WG’10
CADIA is developing the next generation in cervical screening technology. CADIA’s lead product,
CERVIPROBE,is a handheld probe that utilizes the power of oblique polarization reflectance spectroscopy
[email protected]
Description
Sigal Saar, WG’11
Cellulosic BioTherapeutics is a biomedical device company that utilizes variants of the naturally occurring
[email protected]
polymer,cellulose,to produce appropriate scaffolds for tissue regeneration.The company’s lead product,
CelluloDisc,promises to address back pain through the spinal industry’s first regenerative approach.
(OPRS) to accurately and painlessly diagnose cervical cancer in real-time.Every year, 50 million American
Team Members
Team Members
women rely on the Pap test to screen for cervical cancer.This uncomfortable test,which has remained
virtually unchanged in over 60 years,has a high incidence of false positives,leading to unnecessary costly
referrals,additional lab work,and patient anxiety. In a recent clinical trial of 27 patients conducted by
Adam Birnbaum
Roy Amariglio
Charles Stacey
Jerome Govin
Neil Wadehra
Raphael Ong
CADIA’s technology partner at the University of Texas-Austin,the company’s OPRS probe has shown
Len Podolsky
superior efficacy in detecting cancerous and pre-cancerous tissue.CERVIPROBE will become the new gold
Riju Ray
standard in cervical screening by empowering physicians to confidently diagnose cervical cancers and
Agnes Savigner
CelluloDisc allows regeneration of the core part of the spinal disc. It is composed of a liquid gel combined
with an appropriate mix of growth factors.The liquid gel which is injected to the spine disc hardens within
15 minutes and creates a temporal tissue-supportive scaffold between vertebrae.The growth factors embedded in the gel facilitate the colonization and differentiation of cells from the healthy tissue that surrounds
the hydrogel,and regenerates the spinal disc.This makes CelluloDisc the first regenerative approach for the
spine in the market.Reconstitution of the spinal disc will not only relieve back pain,but preserve spine
flexibility as well.CelluloDisc comprises a proprietary hydrogel derived from cellulose,a natural non-toxic
abnormalities in one step,saving time and money,while reducing patient anxiety and discomfort.
compound.This hydrogel embeds appropriate growth factors.CelluloDisc is delivered via injection into the
spinal disc NP space as a liquid,and is subsequently hardened within 15 minutes to form a tissue-supportive
and load-bearing temporal scaffold.This temporal scaffold facilitates the healing of internal spinal disc
Industry
injury as the growth factors promote colonization and differentiation of remaining healthy tissue cells to
»
Life Sciences/Biotech
regenerate the NP naturally.The procedure will be performed as an outpatient surgery in one session,with
patients expected to fully recover in 3 months.CelluloDisc will be regulated as a Class III medical device,
requiring Pre-Market Approval.
Industry
»
8
Life Sciences/Biotech
9
Finals Teams & Judges
Finals Teams & Judges
Team Leader
Cortical Concepts
Description
First Stage Diagnostics
D e s c r i p t i o n Team Leader
Spinal surgeons stabilize segments of the spine by placing screws into the vertebrae and joining the screws
Stephanie Huang, M’13
with rods,a procedure known as spinal fixation.Unfortunately,osteoporosis is a common disease in elderly
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
William Jocson, WG’10
First Stage Diagnostics is developing a portable,low-cost breast cancer screening device.The device,which
[email protected]
uses piezoelectric technology,has the following significant advantages over the current screening methods
patients,affecting as many as 10 million people in the US.In these patients,the bone softens,which reduces
available: 1) the ability to locate tumors as small as 1mm in size;2) efficacy in detecting tumors in women
strength by up to 70% and causes the screws to pull out.Screw pullout is considered a catastrophic failure
with dense breast (25% of women);and 3) is radiation free.
Adam Greenspan
Jason Hsu
that requires a risky revision surgery. Incidentally,patients with osteoporosis often have the most to benefit
Manish Maheshwari
Christopher Komanski
from this type of operation,as they are the most susceptible to spinal instability. Cortical Concepts has
Sarena Syma
Evan Luxon
developed a device that acts as an intermediary between the bone-screw interface and provides a strong
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Nicolas Martinez
interference fit for existing screws.Initial tests in cadavers indicate that the Cortical Anchor provides a
100% increase in the fixation strength in osteoporotic vertebrae.The total addressable market for the
Cortical Anchor is 720,000 units or $300 million (annual,US).The device is priced significantly lower than
the alternatives,$400 per device,to incentivize adoption by hospitals and physicians. At this price,the gross
margin is $399.Currently,Cortical Concepts is seeking $350,000 in initial seed funding to begin commercializing its technology.
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Cortical Concepts
Description
First Stage Diagnostics
D e s c r i p t i o n Team Leader
Spinal surgeons stabilize segments of the spine by placing screws into the vertebrae and joining the screws
Stephanie Huang, M’13
with rods,a procedure known as spinal fixation.Unfortunately,osteoporosis is a common disease in elderly
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
William Jocson, WG’10
First Stage Diagnostics is developing a portable,low-cost breast cancer screening device.The device,which
[email protected]
uses piezoelectric technology,has the following significant advantages over the current screening methods
patients,affecting as many as 10 million people in the US.In these patients,the bone softens,which reduces
available: 1) the ability to locate tumors as small as 1mm in size;2) efficacy in detecting tumors in women
strength by up to 70% and causes the screws to pull out.Screw pullout is considered a catastrophic failure
with dense breast (25% of women);and 3) is radiation free.
Adam Greenspan
Jason Hsu
that requires a risky revision surgery. Incidentally,patients with osteoporosis often have the most to benefit
Manish Maheshwari
Christopher Komanski
from this type of operation,as they are the most susceptible to spinal instability. Cortical Concepts has
Sarena Syma
Evan Luxon
developed a device that acts as an intermediary between the bone-screw interface and provides a strong
Finals Teams & Judges
Finals Teams & Judges
Team Members
Team Members
Nicolas Martinez
interference fit for existing screws.Initial tests in cadavers indicate that the Cortical Anchor provides a
100% increase in the fixation strength in osteoporotic vertebrae.The total addressable market for the
Cortical Anchor is 720,000 units or $300 million (annual,US).The device is priced significantly lower than
the alternatives,$400 per device,to incentivize adoption by hospitals and physicians. At this price,the gross
margin is $399.Currently,Cortical Concepts is seeking $350,000 in initial seed funding to begin commercializing its technology.
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Hector Beverages LLC
Kembrel.com
Description
Team Leader
James Nuttall, WG’10
Hector Beverages LLC aims to offer a line of tasty,healthy and affordable beverages in bottom-of-pyramid
(BOP) markets leveraging understanding of specific markets,sound expertise of health issues and innova-
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
Aymeric de Hemptinne, WG’11
The Opportunity: On the demand side,16.5 million US college students spend over $200 billion annually,
[email protected]
including more than 65% on non-essentials.They are image conscious and spend disproportionately on
tions in flexible packaging.Specifically,the first concept the company is developing is the lowest priced
brands which they perceive as elevating their stature among their peers.Yet,they are often shopping on a
Team Members
Team Members
Neeraj Kumar
Cherif Habib
packaged ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage in India (as per initial research the lowest priced branded
Suhas Nath Misra
Stephan Jacob
goods are looking for ways to establish long term brand loyalty in the pre-career market without diluting
urban markets.The brand is called PowerWater and its functionality is that it is micronutrient-enriched
their brands and cannibalizing their higher margin segments.The Solution: Kembrel.com will help connect
flavored water.PowerWater will be positioned as a healthy alternative to the juices and carbonated soft
popular brands with college students through an invitation-only online private sales club. Members receive
drinks offered by the large beverage multinationals.Success in achieving this positioning will allow Hector
regular email updates and notifications on upcoming sales events.Sales will feature heavily discounted items
to benefit from two of the largest macro trends in the world: the growth of disposable income in BOP
(50%–70%) from brands that are highly relevant to the company’s target market (e.g.,North Face,Puma,
segments globally and rising awareness of health and wellness.The market opportunity for PowerWater is a
American Apparel).Sales will last for a limited time (e.g.,72 hours) and will elicit a sense of urgency to
significant piece of India’s USD $2.2 billion RTD beverage market,in which all major players have been reg-
purchase before items are sold out.While existing private sales clubs have traditionally focused on apparel
istering annual sales growth of 30–40%.The blistering growth rate is sure to slow down over the next few
and related accessories,Kembrel.com plans to include other categories highly relevant to the student market
years,
(e.g.,furniture,sports equipment,electronics,books).Kembrel.com’s unique value proposition to students:
but it will continue to be significantly high,relative to developed markets.Hector Beverages shall be able to
heavily-discounted items from desirable brands and curated selection which answers their needs.
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exceed US $100 million in revenue within its first 5 years given execution of this plan. Although this plan
focuses only on executing in India,the model once proven would enable Hector Beverages to look at the
entire developing world as target market.
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Kembrel.com’s unique value proposition to suppliers: a unique channel to directly reach and cultivate
loyalty in the student market and an alternative channel to dispatch overstock items.
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packaged RTD beverage offering in the world) targeted toward the middle-class in India’s rural and semi-
limited budget and looking to maximize their ‘bang for the buck’. On the supply side,producers of consumer
Hector Beverages LLC
Kembrel.com
Description
Team Leader
James Nuttall, WG’10
Hector Beverages LLC aims to offer a line of tasty,healthy and affordable beverages in bottom-of-pyramid
(BOP) markets leveraging understanding of specific markets,sound expertise of health issues and innova-
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
Aymeric de Hemptinne, WG’11
The Opportunity: On the demand side,16.5 million US college students spend over $200 billion annually,
[email protected]
including more than 65% on non-essentials.They are image conscious and spend disproportionately on
tions in flexible packaging.Specifically,the first concept the company is developing is the lowest priced
brands which they perceive as elevating their stature among their peers.Yet,they are often shopping on a
Team Members
Team Members
Neeraj Kumar
Cherif Habib
packaged ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage in India (as per initial research the lowest priced branded
Suhas Nath Misra
Stephan Jacob
goods are looking for ways to establish long term brand loyalty in the pre-career market without diluting
urban markets.The brand is called PowerWater and its functionality is that it is micronutrient-enriched
their brands and cannibalizing their higher margin segments.The Solution: Kembrel.com will help connect
flavored water.PowerWater will be positioned as a healthy alternative to the juices and carbonated soft
popular brands with college students through an invitation-only online private sales club. Members receive
drinks offered by the large beverage multinationals.Success in achieving this positioning will allow Hector
regular email updates and notifications on upcoming sales events.Sales will feature heavily discounted items
to benefit from two of the largest macro trends in the world: the growth of disposable income in BOP
(50%–70%) from brands that are highly relevant to the company’s target market (e.g.,North Face,Puma,
segments globally and rising awareness of health and wellness.The market opportunity for PowerWater is a
American Apparel).Sales will last for a limited time (e.g.,72 hours) and will elicit a sense of urgency to
significant piece of India’s USD $2.2 billion RTD beverage market,in which all major players have been reg-
purchase before items are sold out.While existing private sales clubs have traditionally focused on apparel
istering annual sales growth of 30–40%.The blistering growth rate is sure to slow down over the next few
and related accessories,Kembrel.com plans to include other categories highly relevant to the student market
years,
(e.g.,furniture,sports equipment,electronics,books).Kembrel.com’s unique value proposition to students:
but it will continue to be significantly high,relative to developed markets.Hector Beverages shall be able to
heavily-discounted items from desirable brands and curated selection which answers their needs.
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exceed US $100 million in revenue within its first 5 years given execution of this plan. Although this plan
focuses only on executing in India,the model once proven would enable Hector Beverages to look at the
entire developing world as target market.
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»
Consumer Products
»
Internet
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Retail
Kembrel.com’s unique value proposition to suppliers: a unique channel to directly reach and cultivate
loyalty in the student market and an alternative channel to dispatch overstock items.
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packaged RTD beverage offering in the world) targeted toward the middle-class in India’s rural and semi-
limited budget and looking to maximize their ‘bang for the buck’. On the supply side,producers of consumer
NanoLab
R2R Therapeutics
Description
Team Leader
Michelle Gaster, WG’11
As researchers develop an ever-growing body of knowledge surrounding the molecular underpinnings of
various diseases,physicians and medical workers are increasingly basing their treatment decisions on bio-
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
Ben Rhee, WG’10
R2R Therapeutics is a virtual pre-clinical stage biotechnology company.The company’s lead compound,
[email protected]
R2R-1,is a novel cationic steroid antibiotic to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.
marker testing.However,the most sensitive and flexible testing tools require samples being sent to dedicated
Team Members
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laboratories operated by highly trained technicians,incurring significant costs and delays in acting upon the
Christopher Fortier
Christine Chen
Sarah Frew
Payman Roghani
David Gilboa
Vishwas Seshadri
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test results.The ability to implement diagnostic tests and analyze results at the point-of-care (POC),has
repeatedly been shown to lead to faster treatment decisions and better outcomes.Current POC methods for
biomarker detection,however,are limited by their sensitivity,ability to detect multiple biomarkers at once
and lack of flexibility across multiple sample types.The NanoLab platform has the potential to revolutionize diagnostic and treatment procedures by packaging unparalleled protein detection capabilities in an
affordable,self-contained device the size of a handheld calculator.By using magnetic nanotags to detect the
presence and concentration of any protein,the NanoLab offers sensitivity an order of magnitude higher
than the current gold standard.The first generation device is capable of simultaneously determining the
concentration of up to 64 different analytes in 15 minutes,allowing for rapid diagnosis of a wide array of
conditions.The device includes a reusable station and disposable test sticks that can detect biomarkers for
cardiovascular disease,cancer,HIV,influenza and a variety of other viral and bacterial infections.
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NanoLab
R2R Therapeutics
Description
Team Leader
Michelle Gaster, WG’11
As researchers develop an ever-growing body of knowledge surrounding the molecular underpinnings of
various diseases,physicians and medical workers are increasingly basing their treatment decisions on bio-
[email protected]
Team Leader
Description
Ben Rhee, WG’10
R2R Therapeutics is a virtual pre-clinical stage biotechnology company.The company’s lead compound,
[email protected]
R2R-1,is a novel cationic steroid antibiotic to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.
marker testing.However,the most sensitive and flexible testing tools require samples being sent to dedicated
Team Members
Team Members
laboratories operated by highly trained technicians,incurring significant costs and delays in acting upon the
Christopher Fortier
Christine Chen
Sarah Frew
Payman Roghani
David Gilboa
Vishwas Seshadri
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test results.The ability to implement diagnostic tests and analyze results at the point-of-care (POC),has
repeatedly been shown to lead to faster treatment decisions and better outcomes.Current POC methods for
biomarker detection,however,are limited by their sensitivity,ability to detect multiple biomarkers at once
and lack of flexibility across multiple sample types.The NanoLab platform has the potential to revolutionize diagnostic and treatment procedures by packaging unparalleled protein detection capabilities in an
affordable,self-contained device the size of a handheld calculator.By using magnetic nanotags to detect the
presence and concentration of any protein,the NanoLab offers sensitivity an order of magnitude higher
than the current gold standard.The first generation device is capable of simultaneously determining the
concentration of up to 64 different analytes in 15 minutes,allowing for rapid diagnosis of a wide array of
conditions.The device includes a reusable station and disposable test sticks that can detect biomarkers for
cardiovascular disease,cancer,HIV,influenza and a variety of other viral and bacterial infections.
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James Cassano, WG’73
Partner
CoActive Health Solutions,LLC
David A. Cohen
President
Karlin Asset Management
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Maxine Gowen, WG’02
President & CEO
Trevena,Inc.
Josh Kopelman, W’93
Managing Partner
First Round Capital
Daniel R. Pascheles
Vice President
Global Competitive Intelligence
Merck & Co.,Inc.
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James Cassano, WG’73
Partner
CoActive Health Solutions,LLC
David A. Cohen
President
Karlin Asset Management
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Maxine Gowen, WG’02
President & CEO
Trevena,Inc.
Josh Kopelman, W’93
Managing Partner
First Round Capital
Daniel R. Pascheles
Vice President
Global Competitive Intelligence
Merck & Co.,Inc.
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WHARTON BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Jim Cassano has in-depth,
hands-on experience in operations,venture capital and private
equity,corporate finance,busi-
James Cassano,
WG’73
Partner
CoActive
Health Solutions,LLC
ness restructuring,and adapting
a hundred million dollar,multi-business consulting,engineering and environmen-
Cohen holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Cambridge University (England)
Gowen graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Bristol,UK,
tal services firm and as VP Acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics,Inc.
and completed all coursework for a PhD but not the dissertation.He attended graduate
received a PhD in cell biology from the University of Sheffield,UK,and received
school at Sydney University (Australia) as a Rotary Foundation Scholar,and holds a
an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.Gowen is
BS in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Boston University.
currently serving on the Board of Directors of Human Genome Sciences (HGSI)
Cassano holds a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University
and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He was
and the Board of Directors of the biotechnology industry association,Bio.She is
awarded a Wharton White House Fellowship.
Max Gowen is the founding
China.Cassano is a member of the Board of Directors for China Broadband,Inc.
David A.Cohen is the
David A. Cohen
and an advisor to the board of directors of China Cablecom Holdings,Ltd.He is
President of Karlin Asset
also Chairman of the Board of the Independence Hall Association which
Management,a Los Angeles
founded Independence Hall National Park in Philadelphia.
President
Karlin Asset
Management
based investment firm with an
Cassano is currently a Partner in CoActive Health Solutions which is pioneering
equity capital base of over
new methodologies in clinical testing and health informatics worldwide.He has
$1 billion.Cohen has over 20 years of experience in prin-
been a General Partner of Jaguar Capital Partners,a private equity firm he
cipal investing,real estate,private equity,corporate finance and capital markets.He
co-founded,focused on investments in electronic media,financial payments and
was formerly a principal at Quellos Group (bought by Blackrock),a global alternative
related technologies.Cassano was also Chairman and CEO of New Forum
investment firm with assets of more than $16 billion.For 9 years,Cohen held a variety
Publishers,Inc,an Internet educational content producer he founded which devel-
of senior executive positions with Pacific Holdings,which is comprised of
oped standards-based curriculum software for middle and high schools.Prior to
over 25 operating companies,had revenues of over $7 billion and was recognized as
New Forum,Cassano co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of an electronic
one of the largest US private companies.He reported directly to the Chairman and
entertainment transaction company providing ticketing services to the perform-
was responsible for the organization’s investments (public and private) and strategy
ing arts and entertainment industry.The company went public in 1999 as
and completed over 40 transactions representing value of over $3.5 billion.He started
Tickets.com.Cassano has also served as Senior VP and CFO of The Hill Group,
his career as an investment banker at Lazard Frères.During his career Cohen has
been involved in numerous large real estate and mortgage portfolio transactions
included two initial public offerings (NYSE) and two privatization transactions
Maxine Gowen,
President and CEO of
Trevena,a clinical stage
an advisor to the R&D organization of GSK.
Finals Teams & Judges
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business models to new business realities in the US,the UK,Europe and
WG’02
President & CEO
drug discovery and develop-
Trevena,Inc.
ment company.Prior to this
Josh Kopelman has been
an active entrepreneur and
investor in the Internet
Josh Kopelman,
W’93
Managing Partner
First Round Capital
Gowen had a variety of leadership roles at
industry since its commer-
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over a period of fifteen years.She established and led the
cialization.In 1992,while a
Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD),an innovative new
student,he co-founded Infonautics—an Internet infor-
approach to externalizing drug discovery in big pharma.Gowen was also previously
mation company— that went public on NASDAQ in 1996.In July 1999,Kopelman
Managing Partner at SR One,the venture capital subsidiary of GSK,where she
founded Half.com,and led it to become one of the world’s largest sellers of used books,
led their investments in companies such as Conforma Therapeutics,Zelos
movies and music.Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000;Josh remained
Therapeutics Inc.,Predix Pharmaceuticals,Inc.,Morphotek Inc., AlgoRx and
with eBay for three years.In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide,a company that
Santarus,Inc.Gowen served on the Board of Directors of these and other compa-
created the world’s first anti-spam router.TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just
nies.Until 2002 she was Vice President,Drug Discovery,Musculoskeletal Diseases
six months later.
at GSK,responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis,
arthritis and metastatic bone disease.Gowen held a tenured academic position in
the School of Pharmacology,University of Bath,UK from 1989–1992.
In addition to being an active angel investor,Kopelman has served as an
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Comcast Interactive Capital,and is an inventor on
eight US Patents.In 2000,he was awarded Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the
Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region.Kopelman has also been recognized
(of NYSE companies).
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WHARTON BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Jim Cassano has in-depth,
hands-on experience in operations,venture capital and private
equity,corporate finance,busi-
James Cassano,
WG’73
Partner
CoActive
Health Solutions,LLC
ness restructuring,and adapting
a hundred million dollar,multi-business consulting,engineering and environmen-
Cohen holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Cambridge University (England)
Gowen graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Bristol,UK,
tal services firm and as VP Acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics,Inc.
and completed all coursework for a PhD but not the dissertation.He attended graduate
received a PhD in cell biology from the University of Sheffield,UK,and received
school at Sydney University (Australia) as a Rotary Foundation Scholar,and holds a
an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.Gowen is
BS in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Boston University.
currently serving on the Board of Directors of Human Genome Sciences (HGSI)
Cassano holds a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University
and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He was
and the Board of Directors of the biotechnology industry association,Bio.She is
awarded a Wharton White House Fellowship.
Max Gowen is the founding
China.Cassano is a member of the Board of Directors for China Broadband,Inc.
David A.Cohen is the
David A. Cohen
and an advisor to the board of directors of China Cablecom Holdings,Ltd.He is
President of Karlin Asset
also Chairman of the Board of the Independence Hall Association which
Management,a Los Angeles
founded Independence Hall National Park in Philadelphia.
President
Karlin Asset
Management
based investment firm with an
Cassano is currently a Partner in CoActive Health Solutions which is pioneering
equity capital base of over
new methodologies in clinical testing and health informatics worldwide.He has
$1 billion.Cohen has over 20 years of experience in prin-
been a General Partner of Jaguar Capital Partners,a private equity firm he
cipal investing,real estate,private equity,corporate finance and capital markets.He
co-founded,focused on investments in electronic media,financial payments and
was formerly a principal at Quellos Group (bought by Blackrock),a global alternative
related technologies.Cassano was also Chairman and CEO of New Forum
investment firm with assets of more than $16 billion.For 9 years,Cohen held a variety
Publishers,Inc,an Internet educational content producer he founded which devel-
of senior executive positions with Pacific Holdings,which is comprised of
oped standards-based curriculum software for middle and high schools.Prior to
over 25 operating companies,had revenues of over $7 billion and was recognized as
New Forum,Cassano co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of an electronic
one of the largest US private companies.He reported directly to the Chairman and
entertainment transaction company providing ticketing services to the perform-
was responsible for the organization’s investments (public and private) and strategy
ing arts and entertainment industry.The company went public in 1999 as
and completed over 40 transactions representing value of over $3.5 billion.He started
Tickets.com.Cassano has also served as Senior VP and CFO of The Hill Group,
his career as an investment banker at Lazard Frères.During his career Cohen has
been involved in numerous large real estate and mortgage portfolio transactions
included two initial public offerings (NYSE) and two privatization transactions
Maxine Gowen,
President and CEO of
Trevena,a clinical stage
an advisor to the R&D organization of GSK.
Finals Teams & Judges
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business models to new business realities in the US,the UK,Europe and
WG’02
President & CEO
drug discovery and develop-
Trevena,Inc.
ment company.Prior to this
Josh Kopelman has been
an active entrepreneur and
investor in the Internet
Josh Kopelman,
W’93
Managing Partner
First Round Capital
Gowen had a variety of leadership roles at
industry since its commer-
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over a period of fifteen years.She established and led the
cialization.In 1992,while a
Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD),an innovative new
student,he co-founded Infonautics—an Internet infor-
approach to externalizing drug discovery in big pharma.Gowen was also previously
mation company— that went public on NASDAQ in 1996.In July 1999,Kopelman
Managing Partner at SR One,the venture capital subsidiary of GSK,where she
founded Half.com,and led it to become one of the world’s largest sellers of used books,
led their investments in companies such as Conforma Therapeutics,Zelos
movies and music.Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000;Josh remained
Therapeutics Inc.,Predix Pharmaceuticals,Inc.,Morphotek Inc., AlgoRx and
with eBay for three years.In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide,a company that
Santarus,Inc.Gowen served on the Board of Directors of these and other compa-
created the world’s first anti-spam router.TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just
nies.Until 2002 she was Vice President,Drug Discovery,Musculoskeletal Diseases
six months later.
at GSK,responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis,
arthritis and metastatic bone disease.Gowen held a tenured academic position in
the School of Pharmacology,University of Bath,UK from 1989–1992.
In addition to being an active angel investor,Kopelman has served as an
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Comcast Interactive Capital,and is an inventor on
eight US Patents.In 2000,he was awarded Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the
Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region.Kopelman has also been recognized
(of NYSE companies).
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as one of the “10 Most Influential People in Philadelphia Technology” by the
Pascheles joined Merck & Co.,Inc.in early 2005 from Aventis Inc.where he was
Philadelphia Inquirer,one of the “76 Smartest Philadelphians” by Philadelphia
Vice President and head of Corporate Competitive Intelligence.He has worked
Magazine and as one of forty individuals under forty who have made the biggest
for Aventis and its predecessor company (Hoechst Marion Roussel,Marion Merrell
impact on the region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dow) for 14 years in various positions such as Marketing Director,General
SemiFinalists
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Annulon
Biorinova, Inc.
Broad Street Analytics
In 2001 Kopelman and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation to provide
C a m p u s Ya p
and Strategic Planning.
Conjugo
Health,Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs and the Weiss Tech House at the
Pascheles studied Pharmacy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
ecoClutch
University of Pennsylvania.
in Zurich,Switzerland.He received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from
Kaa
the same university.He has done additional study at the University of Kansas
M o v e o Te c h n o l o g i e s
“start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs.He serves on the boards of Main Line
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Manager Switzerland,European Head for Sales and Marketing Administration
Kopelman earned a BS,cum laude,in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
in Lawrence,Kansas.
Pascheles is Past-President and current Board member of the Pharmaceutical
Daniel R. Pascheles
Vice President,Global
Vice President,
Global Competitive
Intelligence
Competitive Intelligence,
and is based in Whitehouse
Merck & Co.,Inc.
Personalized Prenatal
Business Intelligence & Research Group (PBIRG).He is also member of the
Semi-Finalists
Daniel R.Pascheles is
NightBurst
PowerFlower Solar
Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and the Licensing
Executive Society (LES).
Rentz
SOMB
Station,NJ,at the Global
Spinhance
HQ of Merck & Co.,Inc.His
subletPenn
responsibilities include providing intelligence regarding business,research and
Ta s a s b a n c a r i a s . c o m
development activities of competitors,as well as participating in and contributing
Te x t a u r a n t
to the strategy development process,the target identification for licensing and
M&A activities.
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as one of the “10 Most Influential People in Philadelphia Technology” by the
Pascheles joined Merck & Co.,Inc.in early 2005 from Aventis Inc.where he was
Philadelphia Inquirer,one of the “76 Smartest Philadelphians” by Philadelphia
Vice President and head of Corporate Competitive Intelligence.He has worked
Magazine and as one of forty individuals under forty who have made the biggest
for Aventis and its predecessor company (Hoechst Marion Roussel,Marion Merrell
impact on the region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dow) for 14 years in various positions such as Marketing Director,General
SemiFinalists
O
M
P
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I
T
I
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N
Annulon
Biorinova, Inc.
Broad Street Analytics
In 2001 Kopelman and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation to provide
C a m p u s Ya p
and Strategic Planning.
Conjugo
Health,Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs and the Weiss Tech House at the
Pascheles studied Pharmacy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
ecoClutch
University of Pennsylvania.
in Zurich,Switzerland.He received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from
Kaa
the same university.He has done additional study at the University of Kansas
M o v e o Te c h n o l o g i e s
“start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs.He serves on the boards of Main Line
Finals Teams & Judges
Manager Switzerland,European Head for Sales and Marketing Administration
Kopelman earned a BS,cum laude,in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
in Lawrence,Kansas.
Pascheles is Past-President and current Board member of the Pharmaceutical
Daniel R. Pascheles
Vice President,Global
Vice President,
Global Competitive
Intelligence
Competitive Intelligence,
and is based in Whitehouse
Merck & Co.,Inc.
Personalized Prenatal
Business Intelligence & Research Group (PBIRG).He is also member of the
Semi-Finalists
Daniel R.Pascheles is
NightBurst
PowerFlower Solar
Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and the Licensing
Executive Society (LES).
Rentz
SOMB
Station,NJ,at the Global
Spinhance
HQ of Merck & Co.,Inc.His
subletPenn
responsibilities include providing intelligence regarding business,research and
Ta s a s b a n c a r i a s . c o m
development activities of competitors,as well as participating in and contributing
Te x t a u r a n t
to the strategy development process,the target identification for licensing and
M&A activities.
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Semi-finalists
Annulon
Broad Street Analytics
Conjugo
Team Leader David Brower, WG’11
Team Leader Alexander Leeds, GRW’13 [email protected]
Team Leader Paul Curry, WG’10
Team Members J. Michael Allen, James Harlacher,
Team Member Cory Thomas
Team Member Konstantin Breydo
Industries Information Technology, Internet, Retail
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment, Education, Internet
Industries Information Technology, Other
Conjugo is a collaborative e-commerce venture that incorporates both social shop-
Kaa delivers Timescape,an online educational platform and media store that
Broad Street Analytics will create business intelligence software for use on a
ping and demand aggregation.
makes finding books,articles and data on any historic topic intuitive.Its visual
Kaa
[email protected]
Team Leader Andrey Aleev, WG’11 [email protected]
[email protected]
Industry Life Sciences/Biotech
Braxton McKee, Rehmann Rayani
Annulon is developing a first of its kind minimally invasive,suture-less,off-pump
(does not require cardiopulmonary bypass) mitral valve replacement technology.
It will allow a diseased mitral valve to be replaced,initially with a small incision
search engine displays events,personalities and ideas on the historical timeline,
computing cloud. In specific,the company will use a software-as-a-service
via a small anterior thoracotomy,and ultimately via a percutaneous method.
Team Leader Zheng Li, W’13
[email protected]
Team Members Ervin Wei Xiang Lim, Vaanithasan Sivakumaran,
Andrew Phak Hau Soh, Chih Wen Teh
Industries Life Sciences/Biotech, Manufacturing
ecoClutch
datasets from 100GB to under 10 terabytes.
Team Leader Nina Cherny, WG’11
C a m p u s Ya p
Team Member Jen Cheng
Team Leader Ashish Sharma, W’10
Industries Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Retail
[email protected]
ecoClutch seeks to become a leading retailer of fun,functional and eco-friendly
Team Members Sudhanshu Aggarwal, Salman Kothari
allowing users to easily focus on narrow research topics and buy study materials
[email protected]
recommended by historians.
Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finalists
Biorinova, Inc.
approach to supply firms with tools to rapidly explore,transform,and analyze
reusable products,capitalizing on the accelerating shift in consumer attitude
towards using environmentally friendly products. As both company founders
Biorinova,Inc.is a biotechnology company specializing in producing zero-calorie
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment, Education, Internet
strongly believe in protecting the health of the environment,a significant portion
CampusYap aims to improve communication within groups/organizations/clubs
of the company’s proceeds will be donated to environmental protection agencies.
natural sweeteners for the F&B industry.The company’s product is Brazzein,
a naturally occurring protein 2000 times sweeter than sucrose.Brazzein will
/friend circles across college campuses.This is done by providing users with the
satisfy the currently unmet demand for a stand-alone natural sweetener in the
ability to manage all their extra-curricular activities on one portal and by allowdiet beverage market,Biorinova’s target market.
ing them to choose the way they receive communications.
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Semi-finalists
Annulon
Broad Street Analytics
Conjugo
Team Leader David Brower, WG’11
Team Leader Alexander Leeds, GRW’13 [email protected]
Team Leader Paul Curry, WG’10
Team Members J. Michael Allen, James Harlacher,
Team Member Cory Thomas
Team Member Konstantin Breydo
Industries Information Technology, Internet, Retail
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment, Education, Internet
Industries Information Technology, Other
Conjugo is a collaborative e-commerce venture that incorporates both social shop-
Kaa delivers Timescape,an online educational platform and media store that
Broad Street Analytics will create business intelligence software for use on a
ping and demand aggregation.
makes finding books,articles and data on any historic topic intuitive.Its visual
Kaa
[email protected]
Team Leader Andrey Aleev, WG’11 [email protected]
[email protected]
Industry Life Sciences/Biotech
Braxton McKee, Rehmann Rayani
Annulon is developing a first of its kind minimally invasive,suture-less,off-pump
(does not require cardiopulmonary bypass) mitral valve replacement technology.
It will allow a diseased mitral valve to be replaced,initially with a small incision
search engine displays events,personalities and ideas on the historical timeline,
computing cloud. In specific,the company will use a software-as-a-service
via a small anterior thoracotomy,and ultimately via a percutaneous method.
Team Leader Zheng Li, W’13
[email protected]
Team Members Ervin Wei Xiang Lim, Vaanithasan Sivakumaran,
Andrew Phak Hau Soh, Chih Wen Teh
Industries Life Sciences/Biotech, Manufacturing
ecoClutch
datasets from 100GB to under 10 terabytes.
Team Leader Nina Cherny, WG’11
C a m p u s Ya p
Team Member Jen Cheng
Team Leader Ashish Sharma, W’10
Industries Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Retail
[email protected]
ecoClutch seeks to become a leading retailer of fun,functional and eco-friendly
Team Members Sudhanshu Aggarwal, Salman Kothari
allowing users to easily focus on narrow research topics and buy study materials
[email protected]
recommended by historians.
Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finalists
Biorinova, Inc.
approach to supply firms with tools to rapidly explore,transform,and analyze
reusable products,capitalizing on the accelerating shift in consumer attitude
towards using environmentally friendly products. As both company founders
Biorinova,Inc.is a biotechnology company specializing in producing zero-calorie
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment, Education, Internet
strongly believe in protecting the health of the environment,a significant portion
CampusYap aims to improve communication within groups/organizations/clubs
of the company’s proceeds will be donated to environmental protection agencies.
natural sweeteners for the F&B industry.The company’s product is Brazzein,
a naturally occurring protein 2000 times sweeter than sucrose.Brazzein will
/friend circles across college campuses.This is done by providing users with the
satisfy the currently unmet demand for a stand-alone natural sweetener in the
ability to manage all their extra-curricular activities on one portal and by allowdiet beverage market,Biorinova’s target market.
ing them to choose the way they receive communications.
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NightBurst
Team Leader Subramanian Jayaram, WG’10
Team Leader Geoffroy Bablon, W’12
[email protected]
[email protected]
Team Leader James Williams, WG’10
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Team Members William Bennett, Anson Carter
Industries Consumer Products, Other
Industry Retail
PowerFlower Solar will design and manufacture solar devices for deployment on
SOMB will be a hip apparel brand appealing to fashionable trendsetters.SOMB
agricultural land.The company’s first product,the PowerFlower,will overcome the
stands for Shirt Off My Back and for every piece of clothing the company sells,it
shortcomings of traditional solar panels and allow farmers to grow electricity in
will provide one school uniform to a child in a developing country to enable them
the same way that they grow fruits and vegetables.
to attend school and get an education.
Rentz
Spinhance
Team Leader Daniel Lennon, WG’10
Team Leader Kiarash Emami, GrE’10
[email protected]
[email protected]
Other
Industries Education, Internet, Services
Team Members Uttam Jain, Aman Kumar, Bhuvan Srinivasan
Personalized Prenatal will create and market a comprehensive premium supple-
Rentz.com is an online property management service that will dramatically
ment line of prenatal vitamins that are specifically tailored to ideally meet the
improve the rental experience for both landlords and tenants.Rentz provides
needs of women and their babies based on lifestyle,diet,demographics and
all the services of a traditional brick and mortar property management firm,
stage of pregnancy.
but more conveniently and at a lower cost. The site will offer online rent collection
NightBurst has developed a revolutionary service to replace the traditional
Gopal Rajagopalan
computer lab infrastructure in educational institutions.The service captures the
performance and simplicity of the thin-client approach to infrastructure without
requiring new equipment,allowing schools to extend the useful life of commodity
computers threefold,cutting costs and minimizing IT requirements.
that dramatically reduces the cost,power requirements and physical size of the
mobile handset by providing a single ‘flexible’transceiver that can be programmed
Team Leader Jason Halpern W’10/EAS’10/MSE’10
[email protected]
Team Members David Famolari, Divi Gupta, Bryan Lord,
Moveo Technologies is commercializing a patented integrated circuit (IC) design
SOMB
[email protected]
Industries Education, Information Technology
Industries Information Technology, Telecommunications
PowerFlower Solar
Personalized Prenatal
Team Leader Kevin Yu, GNu’11
[email protected]
thus a single,low-power replacement to the current set of power-hungry chipsets.
Consumers benefit from increased performance and longer battery life while
Team Members Peter Chen, Adam Gui, Ken Lee
handset manufacturers benefit from providing a simpler,sleeker,lower cost device.
Industries Consumer Products, Internet, Life Sciences/Biotech,
Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finalists
dynamically by software running on the handset.The company’s patented IC is
Industry Life Sciences/Biotech
Spinhance develops hyperpolarized MRI contrast agents and delivery devices for
physiologic and metabolic imaging applications.
and other advanced services as well as provide tenants with the ability to rate
their landlords.
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NightBurst
Team Leader Subramanian Jayaram, WG’10
Team Leader Geoffroy Bablon, W’12
[email protected]
[email protected]
Team Leader James Williams, WG’10
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Team Member Patrick Murphy
Team Members William Bennett, Anson Carter
Industries Consumer Products, Other
Industry Retail
PowerFlower Solar will design and manufacture solar devices for deployment on
SOMB will be a hip apparel brand appealing to fashionable trendsetters.SOMB
agricultural land.The company’s first product,the PowerFlower,will overcome the
stands for Shirt Off My Back and for every piece of clothing the company sells,it
shortcomings of traditional solar panels and allow farmers to grow electricity in
will provide one school uniform to a child in a developing country to enable them
the same way that they grow fruits and vegetables.
to attend school and get an education.
Rentz
Spinhance
Team Leader Daniel Lennon, WG’10
Team Leader Kiarash Emami, GrE’10
[email protected]
[email protected]
Other
Industries Education, Internet, Services
Team Members Uttam Jain, Aman Kumar, Bhuvan Srinivasan
Personalized Prenatal will create and market a comprehensive premium supple-
Rentz.com is an online property management service that will dramatically
ment line of prenatal vitamins that are specifically tailored to ideally meet the
improve the rental experience for both landlords and tenants.Rentz provides
needs of women and their babies based on lifestyle,diet,demographics and
all the services of a traditional brick and mortar property management firm,
stage of pregnancy.
but more conveniently and at a lower cost. The site will offer online rent collection
NightBurst has developed a revolutionary service to replace the traditional
Gopal Rajagopalan
computer lab infrastructure in educational institutions.The service captures the
performance and simplicity of the thin-client approach to infrastructure without
requiring new equipment,allowing schools to extend the useful life of commodity
computers threefold,cutting costs and minimizing IT requirements.
that dramatically reduces the cost,power requirements and physical size of the
mobile handset by providing a single ‘flexible’transceiver that can be programmed
Team Leader Jason Halpern W’10/EAS’10/MSE’10
[email protected]
Team Members David Famolari, Divi Gupta, Bryan Lord,
Moveo Technologies is commercializing a patented integrated circuit (IC) design
SOMB
[email protected]
Industries Education, Information Technology
Industries Information Technology, Telecommunications
PowerFlower Solar
Personalized Prenatal
Team Leader Kevin Yu, GNu’11
[email protected]
thus a single,low-power replacement to the current set of power-hungry chipsets.
Consumers benefit from increased performance and longer battery life while
Team Members Peter Chen, Adam Gui, Ken Lee
handset manufacturers benefit from providing a simpler,sleeker,lower cost device.
Industries Consumer Products, Internet, Life Sciences/Biotech,
Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finalists
dynamically by software running on the handset.The company’s patented IC is
Industry Life Sciences/Biotech
Spinhance develops hyperpolarized MRI contrast agents and delivery devices for
physiologic and metabolic imaging applications.
and other advanced services as well as provide tenants with the ability to rate
their landlords.
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subletPenn
Team Leader Jonathan Kuo, W’10
[email protected]
Team Leader Brendan McCorkle, EMTM’11
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Warby Parker
Ferro Solutions
InnovaMaterials
[email protected]
Team Member Lloyd Ho
Industries Information Technology, Internet
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment,
Information Technology, Internet, Non-Profit, Services
Textaurant is a waiting list management application for busy restaurants that
make their patrons wait for a table on a regular basis.By using Textaurant,restau-
subletPenn is a site dedicated to providing a functionally powerful marketplace
rants free their patrons to leave the building and wait for their table anywhere—
where students can easily find subleases or lease out their apartments.
and this freedom increases patrons’likelihood of returning to the location,
Ta s a s b a n c a r i a s . c o m
Semi-Finalists
Team Leader Ignacio Munoz, WG’10
[email protected]
Industries: Internet, Services
Tasasbancarias.com will be an online aggregator of financial information in the
regardless of the waiting time required.
...where
are they
now?
InfraScan
Since its inception twelve years ago,
MicroMRI
Petplan
Ve r g e s o l u t i o n s
the Wharton Business Plan Competition
Integral Molecular
has been the launch pad for many successful
businesses.This section chronicles some of
their entrepreneurial stories.
Home-Base USA
Embrace Pet Insurance
I n t e l l i To y s
UR7s.com
PayMyBills.com
DocASAP
ings,the firm will increase the transparency in the market and foster healthy com-
Ta m a r a K a n e s
petition,which will result in a friendlier operating environment for end customers.
buySAFE, Inc.
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Mexican consumer banking sector.By consolidating the available market offer-
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subletPenn
Team Leader Jonathan Kuo, W’10
[email protected]
Team Leader Brendan McCorkle, EMTM’11
Past
Participants
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Warby Parker
Ferro Solutions
InnovaMaterials
[email protected]
Team Member Lloyd Ho
Industries Information Technology, Internet
Industries Comm/Media/Entertainment,
Information Technology, Internet, Non-Profit, Services
Textaurant is a waiting list management application for busy restaurants that
make their patrons wait for a table on a regular basis.By using Textaurant,restau-
subletPenn is a site dedicated to providing a functionally powerful marketplace
rants free their patrons to leave the building and wait for their table anywhere—
where students can easily find subleases or lease out their apartments.
and this freedom increases patrons’likelihood of returning to the location,
Ta s a s b a n c a r i a s . c o m
Semi-Finalists
Team Leader Ignacio Munoz, WG’10
[email protected]
Industries: Internet, Services
Tasasbancarias.com will be an online aggregator of financial information in the
regardless of the waiting time required.
...where
are they
now?
InfraScan
Since its inception twelve years ago,
MicroMRI
Petplan
Ve r g e s o l u t i o n s
the Wharton Business Plan Competition
Integral Molecular
has been the launch pad for many successful
businesses.This section chronicles some of
their entrepreneurial stories.
Home-Base USA
Embrace Pet Insurance
I n t e l l i To y s
UR7s.com
PayMyBills.com
DocASAP
ings,the firm will increase the transparency in the market and foster healthy com-
Ta m a r a K a n e s
petition,which will result in a friendlier operating environment for end customers.
buySAFE, Inc.
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Past Participants
Mexican consumer banking sector.By consolidating the available market offer-
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2009 semi-finalist
Team Members of 2003 Grand Prize Winner
ONE|VISION is now Warby Parker
(www.warbyparker.com),
selling fashionable and affordable eyewear online.
PAWS Pet Insurance are now leading Petplan
(www.GoPetplan.com),
the #1 rated pet insurance in America by
PetInsuranceReview.com.
2003 Third Prize Winner
Ferro Solutions
(www.ferrosolutions.com) produces
Ferro Solutions Energy Harvesters (FSEH),
independent power sources that generate electricity
from vibrations to power wireless tranceivers, sensors,
micro-motors and actuators.
InnovaMaterials (www.innovamaterials.com)
has developed InnlayTM an environmentally-friendly platform that lets manufacturers
impart the surface of products with new properties and functionalities
via off-the-shelf equipment.The company is also responsible for IonArmour®,
a breakthrough InnlayTM-enabled technology for the antimicrobial market.
2004 Grand Prize Winner
InfraScan (www.infrascanner.com)
continues development of its flagship product, the InfrascannerTM,
a hand-held imaging device using near infrared (NIR) technologies for the
detection of hematoma, or bleeding in the brain, in head trauma patients.
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Vergesolutions (www.vergesolutions.com) simplifies the processes
of regulatory compliance, committee meeting management, and physician credentialing.
2002 Grand Prize Winner
Envisia is now MicroMRI (www.micromri.com) and has
developed an innovative method to visualize bone micro-architecture
using high resolution MRI.
2001 Grand Prize Winner
ProtoCell is now
Integral Molecular
(www.integralmolecular.com),
a Philadelphia-based biotechnology company providing
innovative solutions for scientific research and
drug discovery applications involving
cellular and viral integral membrane proteins.
Past Participants
Past Participants
2008 Second Prize Winner
2002 semi-finalist
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2009 semi-finalist
Team Members of 2003 Grand Prize Winner
ONE|VISION is now Warby Parker
(www.warbyparker.com),
selling fashionable and affordable eyewear online.
PAWS Pet Insurance are now leading Petplan
(www.GoPetplan.com),
the #1 rated pet insurance in America by
PetInsuranceReview.com.
2003 Third Prize Winner
Ferro Solutions
(www.ferrosolutions.com) produces
Ferro Solutions Energy Harvesters (FSEH),
independent power sources that generate electricity
from vibrations to power wireless tranceivers, sensors,
micro-motors and actuators.
InnovaMaterials (www.innovamaterials.com)
has developed InnlayTM an environmentally-friendly platform that lets manufacturers
impart the surface of products with new properties and functionalities
via off-the-shelf equipment.The company is also responsible for IonArmour®,
a breakthrough InnlayTM-enabled technology for the antimicrobial market.
2004 Grand Prize Winner
InfraScan (www.infrascanner.com)
continues development of its flagship product, the InfrascannerTM,
a hand-held imaging device using near infrared (NIR) technologies for the
detection of hematoma, or bleeding in the brain, in head trauma patients.
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Vergesolutions (www.vergesolutions.com) simplifies the processes
of regulatory compliance, committee meeting management, and physician credentialing.
2002 Grand Prize Winner
Envisia is now MicroMRI (www.micromri.com) and has
developed an innovative method to visualize bone micro-architecture
using high resolution MRI.
2001 Grand Prize Winner
ProtoCell is now
Integral Molecular
(www.integralmolecular.com),
a Philadelphia-based biotechnology company providing
innovative solutions for scientific research and
drug discovery applications involving
cellular and viral integral membrane proteins.
Past Participants
Past Participants
2008 Second Prize Winner
2002 semi-finalist
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2006 Third Prize Winner
Home-Base USA (www.homebase-usa.com)
is the nation’s leading B2B appointment setting
and lead generation company.
1999 finalist
PayMyBills.com was an early success in the dot com era, growing to
over 200 employees and eventually being sold to PayTrust for $65 million.
2009 finalist
2003 Grand Prize Winner Team Members
of PAWS Pet Insurance are leading Embrace Pet Insurance
(www.embracepetinsurance.com)
which combines the next-generation of veterinary-friendly pet health insurance with
a deep commitment to profitable, long-term customer acquisition and retention.
DocASAP (www.docasap.com) allows patients to
book appointments with the doctors and dentists of their choice
at the click of a button.
2007 finalist
2005 and 2006 semi-finalist
Past Participants
Intellitoys (www.intellitoys.com) is an innovative technology company
focused on top quality educational and entertaining toys, including smart-e-bearTM
and friends.
2007-2008 participant
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2002 finalist
BondMyAuction is now buySAFE, Inc.
(www.buysafe.com) providing eCommerce
bonding services that build consumer confidence
and provide significant financial and brand building benefits for online merchants.
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Past Participants
UR7s.com (www.ur7s.com)
is an interactive multimedia
and promotional platform
dedicated to every level
of Rugby Sevens worldwide.
Tamara Kanes (www.tamarakanes) is a UK-based company
specialising in affordable women’s businesswear and bespoke tailoring.
2006 Third Prize Winner
Home-Base USA (www.homebase-usa.com)
is the nation’s leading B2B appointment setting
and lead generation company.
1999 finalist
PayMyBills.com was an early success in the dot com era, growing to
over 200 employees and eventually being sold to PayTrust for $65 million.
2009 finalist
2003 Grand Prize Winner Team Members
of PAWS Pet Insurance are leading Embrace Pet Insurance
(www.embracepetinsurance.com)
which combines the next-generation of veterinary-friendly pet health insurance with
a deep commitment to profitable, long-term customer acquisition and retention.
DocASAP (www.docasap.com) allows patients to
book appointments with the doctors and dentists of their choice
at the click of a button.
2007 finalist
2005 and 2006 semi-finalist
Past Participants
Intellitoys (www.intellitoys.com) is an innovative technology company
focused on top quality educational and entertaining toys, including smart-e-bearTM
and friends.
2007-2008 participant
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2002 finalist
BondMyAuction is now buySAFE, Inc.
(www.buysafe.com) providing eCommerce
bonding services that build consumer confidence
and provide significant financial and brand building benefits for online merchants.
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Past Participants
UR7s.com (www.ur7s.com)
is an interactive multimedia
and promotional platform
dedicated to every level
of Rugby Sevens worldwide.
Tamara Kanes (www.tamarakanes) is a UK-based company
specialising in affordable women’s businesswear and bespoke tailoring.
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grateful to the many individuals who
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Judges: Phases I, II & III
Mentors
Contributors
The Wharton Business Plan Competition is
grateful to the many individuals who
WBPC Committee
WEP Advisory Board
volunteered their time and provided valuable
In-kind Sponsors
feedback to student teams as judges, mentors,
Friends of the WBPC
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Judges: Phase I
Greg Friedman, W’00, WG’07
Shailesh Lakhani
Dahiaka Rajaofera
Jonathan Taq, WG’08
Manager,Level 3 Communications
Associate,Sequoia Capital
Vibes Media
Founder,H2Local
Ira Friedman
Serena Lal, WG’07
Shantanu Rastogi, WG’09
Lee Tobey, W’06
Vice President,BofA,Merrill Lynch
Callidus Software
Apax Partners
Consultant,Oliver Wyman
Adam Gerson, WG’07
Jordan Leef, Nu’07, W’08
Suma Reddy, WG’09
John Ulrich, WG’97
MentorTech Ventures
Akula Energy Ventures
Principal,Foster Chamberlain,LLC
Jared Allgood
Business Associate,National Broadband Plan
Task Force (FCC)
CEO,ClassTop
Shonnel Malani, WG’09
Samuel Reeves, W’05
Anil Vasagiri, WG’06
Michael Glick
Principal,Centerbridge Capital
Staff,Wharton Small Business Development Center
Alex Avendano, W’07
Safeguard Scientifics
Solid Foundation
Brian Matthews, C’00, W’00
Patrick Ringstroem
Senior Investment Associate,
Connecticut Innovations
Kunal Gupta, C’04, W’04
Questmark Partners
Management,Oliver Wyman
Patrick Verdonck, WG’08
Arvin Babu
CEO,Fone2Fone,Inc.
Yousuf Mazhar, W’96, WG’07
Allison Robbins, WG’07
Associate,Starwood Energy Group
Partner,Greylock Advisors India
Daniel Harbuck, W’09
Venture Associate,De Novo Ventures
Genzyme Ventures
Larry Waddell, WG’04
Justin Baier, WG’08
Co-Founder,StealthRowing
Mayank Mehta, WG’09
William Rudat, WG’06
COO,5K Logistics,Inc.
Boston Consulting Group
Kiran Hebbar, WG’03
Naveen Wadhera, SEAS’99, WG’08
Abhay Bhargava, WG’08
Partner,Valhalla Partners
Micah Merrick, WG’09
Vice President,American Capital
Founder,Better Block Project
Matthew Safaii, WG’09
Director,TA Associates
Principal,Blueseed Ventures
Bob Heller, W’80
Matthew Wang
Will Burghes
Managing Director,Southern Equity Partners LLC
Alexander Mittal, SEAS’07, W’07
Internet Capital Group
Associate,Citi
Innova Materials
Jesse Sanders, WG’06
Joel Washington
Robert Herzog, WG’95
Associate,Allied Capital Corporation
Associate,Comcast Interactive Capital
Jed Cairo
CEO & Founder,ZogSports
Roy Morris, WG’95
Associate,Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Managing Partner,STI,LLC
Steven Sarracino, WG’06
Travis Windholz, WG’09
Kee-Won Hong
Sr.Vice President,Serent Capital
Director,Akeida Capital Management
Sudip Chakrabarti, WG’09
Web Services,JP Morgan
Michael Mortellaro, WG’05
Associate,Osage Ventures
Chief Operating Officer,TAKKLE
Cedric Sellin, WG’05
Eric Wright, WG’92
Bob Hornsby, WG’00
Venture Partner,DN Capital
Founder,Africa Venture Partners
Jonathan Cristodoro
Managing Partner,Jobomax
Hareesh Nair, WG’08
P2 Capital Partners
Sr.Associate,Medtronic
Scott Shandler, WG’06
Paul Wright
Jonathan Hudson
Owner,Turnseven,Inc.
Anshumaan Sharma
CEO,Mediavix,Inc.
Jonathan Cooper, C’03, WG’09
Alex Nivelle, WG’09
Manager,Product Management,The TriZetto Group
A&M Capital
Director,Aegis Consulting
Shingo Yatsui, WG’08
Craig Isakow, WG’08
Vibes Media
Commercialization & Deployment
Department of Energy,New West Technologies
Roger Sheftel, W’63
Associate,GCA Savvian
Zach Davis
Patrick O’Keefe, WG’07
Vice President,Excellere Partners
President,AssignByWeb
Saleem Zafar, WG’08
Sebby Kannukkaden
Rama Shekhar
Senior Associate,Sevin Rosen Funds
Steven Engelbrecht, WG’09
Daniel O’Mahoney-Schwartz
President,Sitation,LLC
Associate,Arcapita Ventures
Chief Operating Officer,Bell Curves,Inc.
Norwest Capital Partners
Daniel Faga, WG’07
Vikas Khurana, WG’08
Colman O’Murchu, WG’99
Brian Smith, WG’08
Centerview Partners
Co-Founder,MDConsenter
Director,Invotex Group
Director of Education & Research,Virtua
Ming Fang, WG’09
Eurie Kim, WG’09
Francis Parish, WG’99
Joseph Spector, WG’07
Associate,McKinsey & Co.
Founder,MAVN,Inc.
Managing Director,Pacific Capital Group
Business Development Manager,Video Egg
Eric Farr, WG’00
Michael Koby, WG’04
Mathieu Peyron, WG’07
Matthew Storm, C’94, W’94, WG’00
Owner,Brainstorm,Inc.
Principal,Galen Partners
Senior Marketing Manager,Quinstreet Inc
Founder,Storm Global LLC
Joshua Feinberg, C’98, WG’07
Jason Kothari, W’07
Edwin Philogene, WG’09
Irene Susantio, WG’08
Consultant,BCG
CEO,Valiant Entertainment
Associate Director,
Business Planning & Digital Strategy,BBDO
COE,Solixia Radiopharmaceuticals
Scott Freishtat, WG’08
David Kreiger, C’99, WG’07
MTS Health Partners
CEO,Home-Base USA
Julie Price, WG’08
CEO & Founder,HipGuide
Jason Ahlstrom
President,ClassTop
Baris Aksoy, WG’08
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Judges: Phase II
Craig Aberle, WG’00
Owner,Ebiz Corp.
Allyson Alimansky, WG’01
Credit Suisse
Adam Allen, W’93
Vice President,Worenklein & Co.
Contributors
Contributors
Associate Investment Manager,Intel Capital
Michael Aronson, W’78
Managing Director,MentorTech Ventures
Innovations Project Manager,Club One,Inc.
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Judges
Judges: Phase I
Greg Friedman, W’00, WG’07
Shailesh Lakhani
Dahiaka Rajaofera
Jonathan Taq, WG’08
Manager,Level 3 Communications
Associate,Sequoia Capital
Vibes Media
Founder,H2Local
Ira Friedman
Serena Lal, WG’07
Shantanu Rastogi, WG’09
Lee Tobey, W’06
Vice President,BofA,Merrill Lynch
Callidus Software
Apax Partners
Consultant,Oliver Wyman
Adam Gerson, WG’07
Jordan Leef, Nu’07, W’08
Suma Reddy, WG’09
John Ulrich, WG’97
MentorTech Ventures
Akula Energy Ventures
Principal,Foster Chamberlain,LLC
Jared Allgood
Business Associate,National Broadband Plan
Task Force (FCC)
CEO,ClassTop
Shonnel Malani, WG’09
Samuel Reeves, W’05
Anil Vasagiri, WG’06
Michael Glick
Principal,Centerbridge Capital
Staff,Wharton Small Business Development Center
Alex Avendano, W’07
Safeguard Scientifics
Solid Foundation
Brian Matthews, C’00, W’00
Patrick Ringstroem
Senior Investment Associate,
Connecticut Innovations
Kunal Gupta, C’04, W’04
Questmark Partners
Management,Oliver Wyman
Patrick Verdonck, WG’08
Arvin Babu
CEO,Fone2Fone,Inc.
Yousuf Mazhar, W’96, WG’07
Allison Robbins, WG’07
Associate,Starwood Energy Group
Partner,Greylock Advisors India
Daniel Harbuck, W’09
Venture Associate,De Novo Ventures
Genzyme Ventures
Larry Waddell, WG’04
Justin Baier, WG’08
Co-Founder,StealthRowing
Mayank Mehta, WG’09
William Rudat, WG’06
COO,5K Logistics,Inc.
Boston Consulting Group
Kiran Hebbar, WG’03
Naveen Wadhera, SEAS’99, WG’08
Abhay Bhargava, WG’08
Partner,Valhalla Partners
Micah Merrick, WG’09
Vice President,American Capital
Founder,Better Block Project
Matthew Safaii, WG’09
Director,TA Associates
Principal,Blueseed Ventures
Bob Heller, W’80
Matthew Wang
Will Burghes
Managing Director,Southern Equity Partners LLC
Alexander Mittal, SEAS’07, W’07
Internet Capital Group
Associate,Citi
Innova Materials
Jesse Sanders, WG’06
Joel Washington
Robert Herzog, WG’95
Associate,Allied Capital Corporation
Associate,Comcast Interactive Capital
Jed Cairo
CEO & Founder,ZogSports
Roy Morris, WG’95
Associate,Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Managing Partner,STI,LLC
Steven Sarracino, WG’06
Travis Windholz, WG’09
Kee-Won Hong
Sr.Vice President,Serent Capital
Director,Akeida Capital Management
Sudip Chakrabarti, WG’09
Web Services,JP Morgan
Michael Mortellaro, WG’05
Associate,Osage Ventures
Chief Operating Officer,TAKKLE
Cedric Sellin, WG’05
Eric Wright, WG’92
Bob Hornsby, WG’00
Venture Partner,DN Capital
Founder,Africa Venture Partners
Jonathan Cristodoro
Managing Partner,Jobomax
Hareesh Nair, WG’08
P2 Capital Partners
Sr.Associate,Medtronic
Scott Shandler, WG’06
Paul Wright
Jonathan Hudson
Owner,Turnseven,Inc.
Anshumaan Sharma
CEO,Mediavix,Inc.
Jonathan Cooper, C’03, WG’09
Alex Nivelle, WG’09
Manager,Product Management,The TriZetto Group
A&M Capital
Director,Aegis Consulting
Shingo Yatsui, WG’08
Craig Isakow, WG’08
Vibes Media
Commercialization & Deployment
Department of Energy,New West Technologies
Roger Sheftel, W’63
Associate,GCA Savvian
Zach Davis
Patrick O’Keefe, WG’07
Vice President,Excellere Partners
President,AssignByWeb
Saleem Zafar, WG’08
Sebby Kannukkaden
Rama Shekhar
Senior Associate,Sevin Rosen Funds
Steven Engelbrecht, WG’09
Daniel O’Mahoney-Schwartz
President,Sitation,LLC
Associate,Arcapita Ventures
Chief Operating Officer,Bell Curves,Inc.
Norwest Capital Partners
Daniel Faga, WG’07
Vikas Khurana, WG’08
Colman O’Murchu, WG’99
Brian Smith, WG’08
Centerview Partners
Co-Founder,MDConsenter
Director,Invotex Group
Director of Education & Research,Virtua
Ming Fang, WG’09
Eurie Kim, WG’09
Francis Parish, WG’99
Joseph Spector, WG’07
Associate,McKinsey & Co.
Founder,MAVN,Inc.
Managing Director,Pacific Capital Group
Business Development Manager,Video Egg
Eric Farr, WG’00
Michael Koby, WG’04
Mathieu Peyron, WG’07
Matthew Storm, C’94, W’94, WG’00
Owner,Brainstorm,Inc.
Principal,Galen Partners
Senior Marketing Manager,Quinstreet Inc
Founder,Storm Global LLC
Joshua Feinberg, C’98, WG’07
Jason Kothari, W’07
Edwin Philogene, WG’09
Irene Susantio, WG’08
Consultant,BCG
CEO,Valiant Entertainment
Associate Director,
Business Planning & Digital Strategy,BBDO
COE,Solixia Radiopharmaceuticals
Scott Freishtat, WG’08
David Kreiger, C’99, WG’07
MTS Health Partners
CEO,Home-Base USA
Julie Price, WG’08
CEO & Founder,HipGuide
Jason Ahlstrom
President,ClassTop
Baris Aksoy, WG’08
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Judges: Phase II
Craig Aberle, WG’00
Owner,Ebiz Corp.
Allyson Alimansky, WG’01
Credit Suisse
Adam Allen, W’93
Vice President,Worenklein & Co.
Contributors
Contributors
Associate Investment Manager,Intel Capital
Michael Aronson, W’78
Managing Director,MentorTech Ventures
Innovations Project Manager,Club One,Inc.
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Judges: Phase II cont.
Guy Ashley, W’93
Vice President,CMMC Ventures
John Ason
Angel Investor
Peter Ax, WG’91
Managing Partner,Phoenix Capital Management
Jay Bakhru, WG’04
Director,Language Tailor
Jeffrey Bodle
Partner,Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Shelley Boyce, WG’95
Sean-Michael Green
Kelvin Liu, WG’08
John Rooney, W’77
General Partner,Gran Sasso Partners LLC
Consultant,Sean-Michael Green,Inc.
Director,Invesco Private Capital
Owner,Station Consulting
Ben Doranz, WG’01
Adam Greenberger, WG’99
Mike Luby, WG’98
Jennifer Dore Russo, W’91
President & CSO,Integral Molecular,Inc.
Managing Partner,Albright Capital Partners
Co-Founder,TargetRx
Managing Director,Sonenshine Partners
Greg Dracon, WG’05
Michael Harrington
Susan Lucas-Conwell, WG’83
Swroop Sahota
Principal,.406 Ventures
Partner,Fox Rothschild LLP
CEO,SD Forum
Vice-President,Merck & Co.
Joshua Ehrig
Jim Hazy, WG’88
Marc Magliacano, W’96
Adam Schran
CEO,Atricity
Principal,Catterton Partners
CEO,Ascentive
Brian Elieson, WG’04
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Adelphi University
David Mars, WG’07
Al Scott
Corporate Strategy Manager,Microsoft
Bonnie Henry, WG’79
Partner,White Owl Capital Partners
Founder & Principal,NSD Bio Group,LLC
Colin Evans, SEAS’96, C’96
Founder & Managing Partner,
DKH Business Advisors,Inc.
Jeffrey McKibben, W’93
Neil Sequeira
Managing Principal,Odyssey Investment Partners
Partner,General Catalyst Partners
David Horowitz
Mark Menell, W’86, WG’90
Roger Shiffman
Partner,Rustic Canyon Partners
President & CEO, Zizzle,LLC
Mark Mitchell, WG’05
Scott Sill, WG’00
Senior Associate,Safeguard Scientifics
Managing Partner,CB Nesbitt & Co
Idris Mohammed, WG’00
Deepak Sindwani, SEAS’99, W’99
Partner,Development Partners International
Principal,Bain Capital Ventures
Brian Nerney, WG’81
Rick Smith
Managing Director,Sundial Capital Management
Crosscut Ventures
Founder & Managing Partner,
Sandwith Ventures,LLC
CEO,MedRisk
Gerry Fitzgerald
Principal,Comcast Interactive Capital
Denise Brosseau
MannKind Corp
Miles Huffstutler, WG’86
Principal,Brosseau & Associates
Andrew Flett, WG’03
Consultant & Investor
Lucas Buchanan, WG’09
Partner,Investcorp Technology Partners
Edward Hyken, WG’95
The Vertical Group
Robert Gabriel, WG’03
Co-Founder,Expressiva Nursingwear Inc.
William Burkoth
Judges: Phase III
Laurent Adamowicz, WG’84
Fellow,Advanced Leadership Initiative,
Harvard University
Scott Bohrer
Seventy Six Capital
Robert Boyd, WAM’06
Founder & President,Boston Street Advisors
Doug Brackbill, WG’80
CEO,Traverse Networks,Inc.
Charles Crockett, W’87
Partner,Ascend Venture Group
Daniel Deeney, EMTM’02
Partner,New Venture Partners
Amy Dorfmeister
Partner,Ernst & Young
Yaron Eitan, WG’84
Partner,SCP Private Equity Partners
Founder & CEO,Genesis Aromatique
Matthew Jacobson, WG’98
Pfizer Strategic Investments Group
Brian Garrett
Partner,Launchbox Digital
Jeff Carpenter, WG’98
Crosscut Ventures
Raji Kalra
CEO,PeopleAdmin,Inc.
Jim O’Connell, WG’07
Barbara Sullivan, W’76
Linnea Geiss, WG’07
Andrew Kaplan
Senior Associate,Safeguard Scientifics
Managing Partner,Sullivan
Debbie Chadi Gelb, SEAS’05, W’05
Arcapita,Inc.
Director,Deutsche Bank
Associate,Guggenheim Venture Partners
Colman O’Murchu, WG’99
Mehul Vora, W’97
Lawrence Gelburd, WG’91
Jeff Karras, WG’97
Director,Invotex Group
Elliot Clark, W’83
Faculty,The Wharton School
General Partner,Levensohn Venture Partners
Chairman & CEO,Crossing Media
JP Paquin, WG’02
Private Equity Manager,
Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company
Jeffrey Ginsberg, W’86
Josh Kazam, W’99
Managing Director,Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Samuel Whitaker, C’02
Brett Cohen, W’94
Managing Director,Mistral Equity Partners,LLC
Partner,Two River Capital Group
Satya Patel, W’96
Founder & CEO,GreenPhire
CEO,BAC Consulting LLC
Jeff Glass
Ashish Khanna, C’97, W’97, WG’05
Business Product Manager,Battery Ventures
Christopher Wilfong, W’05
Casey Courneen, W’92
Managing Director,Bain Capital Ventures
Associate,SV Life Sciences
President,Blackstone Technology Group
Thomas Penn, L’82
Keith Goldan, WG’02
Lynne Kielhorn, WG’94
General Partner,Meridian Venture Partners
Director of Portfolio Operations,
Two River Group Holdings
Omowale Crenshaw, WG’96
Vice President & CFO,Nupathe
Pace Klein, WG’04
Vik Prabhu
Adam Zong, WG’00
William Gordon, WG’86
Wiese Law Firm,P.A.
Venture Portfolio Manager,DuPont Ventures
President & CEO,Tetragenetics
Scott Kosch, WG’98
Gloria Rabinowitz, WG’78
Brian Gornick, WG’09
Managing Partner,Kosch Capital
President & CEO,GCM Group LLC
Managing Partner,Technology,Communications,
KPMG
Senior Associate,Accel-KKR
Joseph Kushner, WEV’93
Karthik Raghupathy, WG’09
Jeff Grass, WG’99
Pat LaVecchia, WG’91
Senior Partner,ÁMG | André Meyer Group
McKinsey & Co.
Managing Partner,LaVecchia Capital
CEO & President,buySAFE
Steve Lebischak, WG’02
Tom Rodgers, C’92, WG’04
Dwight Green, WG’94
Managing Director,McLean Group,LLC
Partner,Advanced Technology Ventures
Enterprise Heights
Real Estate Development Company
Paisley Demby, WG’99
CEO,PBN Consulting
Nirav Desai, WG’99
Managing Director,Sparta Group,LLC
Vishnu Deuskar
Managing Director,ABN AMRO Bank
Vice President,TNS Media Intelligence
President & CEO,Fortes Pharmaceuticals,Inc.
Rick Foreman, WG’78
VP Finance & Administration,
Bloom Energy Corporation
Bob Greene, W’82
Managing Partner,Contour Ventures
Liz Hall, WG’78
Executive Director,Crystal Lake Camps
Bill Harrington, MCP’73
Managing Director,Vista Ventures,LLC
Thomas Hartman, WG’88
Entrepreneur in Residence,Ventana Capital
Jeffrey Himmel, W’75
Chairman,Himmel Group
Brian Hughes, W’81, WG’91
Contributors
Contributors
Thomas DiClemente, WG’80
Dominic Rodrigues, WG’00
President,Rhisk Capital
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Judges: Phase II cont.
Guy Ashley, W’93
Vice President,CMMC Ventures
John Ason
Angel Investor
Peter Ax, WG’91
Managing Partner,Phoenix Capital Management
Jay Bakhru, WG’04
Director,Language Tailor
Jeffrey Bodle
Partner,Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Shelley Boyce, WG’95
Sean-Michael Green
Kelvin Liu, WG’08
John Rooney, W’77
General Partner,Gran Sasso Partners LLC
Consultant,Sean-Michael Green,Inc.
Director,Invesco Private Capital
Owner,Station Consulting
Ben Doranz, WG’01
Adam Greenberger, WG’99
Mike Luby, WG’98
Jennifer Dore Russo, W’91
President & CSO,Integral Molecular,Inc.
Managing Partner,Albright Capital Partners
Co-Founder,TargetRx
Managing Director,Sonenshine Partners
Greg Dracon, WG’05
Michael Harrington
Susan Lucas-Conwell, WG’83
Swroop Sahota
Principal,.406 Ventures
Partner,Fox Rothschild LLP
CEO,SD Forum
Vice-President,Merck & Co.
Joshua Ehrig
Jim Hazy, WG’88
Marc Magliacano, W’96
Adam Schran
CEO,Atricity
Principal,Catterton Partners
CEO,Ascentive
Brian Elieson, WG’04
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Adelphi University
David Mars, WG’07
Al Scott
Corporate Strategy Manager,Microsoft
Bonnie Henry, WG’79
Partner,White Owl Capital Partners
Founder & Principal,NSD Bio Group,LLC
Colin Evans, SEAS’96, C’96
Founder & Managing Partner,
DKH Business Advisors,Inc.
Jeffrey McKibben, W’93
Neil Sequeira
Managing Principal,Odyssey Investment Partners
Partner,General Catalyst Partners
David Horowitz
Mark Menell, W’86, WG’90
Roger Shiffman
Partner,Rustic Canyon Partners
President & CEO, Zizzle,LLC
Mark Mitchell, WG’05
Scott Sill, WG’00
Senior Associate,Safeguard Scientifics
Managing Partner,CB Nesbitt & Co
Idris Mohammed, WG’00
Deepak Sindwani, SEAS’99, W’99
Partner,Development Partners International
Principal,Bain Capital Ventures
Brian Nerney, WG’81
Rick Smith
Managing Director,Sundial Capital Management
Crosscut Ventures
Founder & Managing Partner,
Sandwith Ventures,LLC
CEO,MedRisk
Gerry Fitzgerald
Principal,Comcast Interactive Capital
Denise Brosseau
MannKind Corp
Miles Huffstutler, WG’86
Principal,Brosseau & Associates
Andrew Flett, WG’03
Consultant & Investor
Lucas Buchanan, WG’09
Partner,Investcorp Technology Partners
Edward Hyken, WG’95
The Vertical Group
Robert Gabriel, WG’03
Co-Founder,Expressiva Nursingwear Inc.
William Burkoth
Judges: Phase III
Laurent Adamowicz, WG’84
Fellow,Advanced Leadership Initiative,
Harvard University
Scott Bohrer
Seventy Six Capital
Robert Boyd, WAM’06
Founder & President,Boston Street Advisors
Doug Brackbill, WG’80
CEO,Traverse Networks,Inc.
Charles Crockett, W’87
Partner,Ascend Venture Group
Daniel Deeney, EMTM’02
Partner,New Venture Partners
Amy Dorfmeister
Partner,Ernst & Young
Yaron Eitan, WG’84
Partner,SCP Private Equity Partners
Founder & CEO,Genesis Aromatique
Matthew Jacobson, WG’98
Pfizer Strategic Investments Group
Brian Garrett
Partner,Launchbox Digital
Jeff Carpenter, WG’98
Crosscut Ventures
Raji Kalra
CEO,PeopleAdmin,Inc.
Jim O’Connell, WG’07
Barbara Sullivan, W’76
Linnea Geiss, WG’07
Andrew Kaplan
Senior Associate,Safeguard Scientifics
Managing Partner,Sullivan
Debbie Chadi Gelb, SEAS’05, W’05
Arcapita,Inc.
Director,Deutsche Bank
Associate,Guggenheim Venture Partners
Colman O’Murchu, WG’99
Mehul Vora, W’97
Lawrence Gelburd, WG’91
Jeff Karras, WG’97
Director,Invotex Group
Elliot Clark, W’83
Faculty,The Wharton School
General Partner,Levensohn Venture Partners
Chairman & CEO,Crossing Media
JP Paquin, WG’02
Private Equity Manager,
Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company
Jeffrey Ginsberg, W’86
Josh Kazam, W’99
Managing Director,Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Samuel Whitaker, C’02
Brett Cohen, W’94
Managing Director,Mistral Equity Partners,LLC
Partner,Two River Capital Group
Satya Patel, W’96
Founder & CEO,GreenPhire
CEO,BAC Consulting LLC
Jeff Glass
Ashish Khanna, C’97, W’97, WG’05
Business Product Manager,Battery Ventures
Christopher Wilfong, W’05
Casey Courneen, W’92
Managing Director,Bain Capital Ventures
Associate,SV Life Sciences
President,Blackstone Technology Group
Thomas Penn, L’82
Keith Goldan, WG’02
Lynne Kielhorn, WG’94
General Partner,Meridian Venture Partners
Director of Portfolio Operations,
Two River Group Holdings
Omowale Crenshaw, WG’96
Vice President & CFO,Nupathe
Pace Klein, WG’04
Vik Prabhu
Adam Zong, WG’00
William Gordon, WG’86
Wiese Law Firm,P.A.
Venture Portfolio Manager,DuPont Ventures
President & CEO,Tetragenetics
Scott Kosch, WG’98
Gloria Rabinowitz, WG’78
Brian Gornick, WG’09
Managing Partner,Kosch Capital
President & CEO,GCM Group LLC
Managing Partner,Technology,Communications,
KPMG
Senior Associate,Accel-KKR
Joseph Kushner, WEV’93
Karthik Raghupathy, WG’09
Jeff Grass, WG’99
Pat LaVecchia, WG’91
Senior Partner,ÁMG | André Meyer Group
McKinsey & Co.
Managing Partner,LaVecchia Capital
CEO & President,buySAFE
Steve Lebischak, WG’02
Tom Rodgers, C’92, WG’04
Dwight Green, WG’94
Managing Director,McLean Group,LLC
Partner,Advanced Technology Ventures
Enterprise Heights
Real Estate Development Company
Paisley Demby, WG’99
CEO,PBN Consulting
Nirav Desai, WG’99
Managing Director,Sparta Group,LLC
Vishnu Deuskar
Managing Director,ABN AMRO Bank
Vice President,TNS Media Intelligence
President & CEO,Fortes Pharmaceuticals,Inc.
Rick Foreman, WG’78
VP Finance & Administration,
Bloom Energy Corporation
Bob Greene, W’82
Managing Partner,Contour Ventures
Liz Hall, WG’78
Executive Director,Crystal Lake Camps
Bill Harrington, MCP’73
Managing Director,Vista Ventures,LLC
Thomas Hartman, WG’88
Entrepreneur in Residence,Ventana Capital
Jeffrey Himmel, W’75
Chairman,Himmel Group
Brian Hughes, W’81, WG’91
Contributors
Contributors
Thomas DiClemente, WG’80
Dominic Rodrigues, WG’00
President,Rhisk Capital
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Judges: Phase III cont.
Peter Ryan
President & COO,Site Intelligence
Jean-Marc Levy, WG’88
Chief Financial & Development Officer,
THEMARKETS.com
J. Matthew Mackowski, WG’80
Telegraph Hill Partners
Marc Magliacano, W’96
Principal,Catterton Partners
Charles Moldow, W’87
Venture Partner,Foundation Capital
Adam Sloan, W’97
EVP,Sales & Marketing,Tribeca Enterprises
Stephen Tang, WG’92
President & CEO,University City Science Center
Rob Weber, SEAS’82, W’82
Antiphony
Jeff Weiss, WG’81
Managing Director,ASAP Ventures
Farid Naib, WG’84
CEO & Founder,Document Depository Corporation
Roy Neff, WG’76
Gamma Capital
Douglas Petillo, WG’97
Managing Partner,Navigant Ventures
Steve Podradchik, W’89
Contributors
Contributors
CEO,Seattle Avionics,Inc.
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Judges: Phase III cont.
Peter Ryan
President & COO,Site Intelligence
Jean-Marc Levy, WG’88
Chief Financial & Development Officer,
THEMARKETS.com
J. Matthew Mackowski, WG’80
Telegraph Hill Partners
Marc Magliacano, W’96
Principal,Catterton Partners
Charles Moldow, W’87
Venture Partner,Foundation Capital
Adam Sloan, W’97
EVP,Sales & Marketing,Tribeca Enterprises
Stephen Tang, WG’92
President & CEO,University City Science Center
Rob Weber, SEAS’82, W’82
Antiphony
Jeff Weiss, WG’81
Managing Director,ASAP Ventures
Farid Naib, WG’84
CEO & Founder,Document Depository Corporation
Roy Neff, WG’76
Gamma Capital
Douglas Petillo, WG’97
Managing Partner,Navigant Ventures
Steve Podradchik, W’89
Contributors
Contributors
CEO,Seattle Avionics,Inc.
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Mentors
Jack Abraham
Laurent Martin, WG’06
Prof. Raffi Amit
Victoria Joseph
Samuel Reeves, W’05
Founder,Milo
CTO & Co-Founder,Scancafe
The Wharton School
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Sam Allen, WG’06
Mary Elisa Merrill
Michael Aronson, W’78
Linda Kaelin
Charlotte Rivera
Co-Founder,Scancafe
Art Director,Upshot
MentorTech Ventures
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Rakesh Antala, EMTM’10
Mary Norton
Aradhana Bali, WG’10
Phil Kim
Jason Semine, WG’10
Crederity
CEO,Unstuck Consulting
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Karlin Asset Management
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Henri Asseily, C’92, WG’96
Sam Patterson, WG’85
Sylvie Beauvais
Tim Lacey, WG’08
Anne Stamer
Chief Strategist,Telnic Ltd.
Chairman & CEO,Veridyne
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
UR7s.com
Weiss Tech House
Jeffrey Becker
Sanjay Pingle, W’93
Branimir Brankov
Michael Last, WG’05
Brett Topche, W’03
JHW Investments
Executive Vice President,Medsite
Merck & Co.
Intellitoys
MentorTech Ventures
Peter Breuninger, W’86
Tamara Rajah, WG’08
Anita Choi, WG’10
Clare Leinweber
Jacqueline Vrettros
Founder,Moneyrec
Co-Founder,Tamara Kanes
WBPC Committee Co-Chair, 2008–2009
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Collin Brown, WG’99
Peter Roth, W’79
Emily Cieri
Prof. Ian MacMillan
Anhna Vuong
Co-Chairman,Eco-Resin/Tosh Holdings
CEO,Peter Thomas Roth
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
The Wharton School
Wharton External Affairs
Cindy Chan, WG’08
Dimple Sahni, WG’05
Maryalice DeCamp
Silvia Manak, WG’10
Josh Wais, W’11
StyleSynch.com
Partner,DS Inc.
Jefferson Wells
WBPC Director of Judge Relations,2008–2009
Muriel Whiteside
Barry Cinnamon, WG’86
Mousumi Shaw, W’98
Amy J. Dorfmeister
Dena Manulkin
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Founder & CEO,Akeena Solar,Inc.
Sikara & Co.
Ernst & Young
Merck & Co.
Ridgeway Wilson
Michelle Cohan
Brian Smith, WG’08
Juana Droessler
Chris Miller, WG’10
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Director of Marketing & IT,Land of Nod
Director of Education & Research,Virtua
Wharton MBA Program for Executives
Peter Winicov
Chris Diamond
Nathaniel Stevens, W’10
Bob Elder
Director of Operations & IT,
WBPC Committee,2008–2009
Directors,Marketing
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Founder,Vermont Restaurant
Founder,Yodle
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Megan Mitchell
Dan Baker, C’10
Jason Diaz, W’95
Claude Tellis, WG’00
Therese Flaherty
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Alan L. Zeiger
CEO,TaxiPass
Managing Director,Towerview Capital Management
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Alex Mittal, E’07, W’07
Thomas DiClemente, WG’80
David Trone, WG’85
Stephen M. Goodman, W’62, L’65
InnovaMaterials
General Partner,Gran Sasso Partners LLC
President,Total Wine & More
Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Leslie Mitts, WG’90
Dhaval Gosalia, PhD’05
Dhaval Gosalia, PhD’05
Wharton Small Business Development Center
MRL Operations,Finance,Merck & Co.
Brandon Watson, SEAS’96, W’97,
WG’97
Merck & Co.
Moritz Ostermayer, WG’10
Jeff Henretig, WG’09
Chief Executive Officer,IMSafer,Inc.
Jeff Grass, WG’99
WBPC Committee Co-Chair, 2008–2009
Founder,Coup de Taco
Andrew Weinreich
buySAFE,Inc.
David Piacquad, WG’84
Eurie Kim, WG’09
Founder,MeetMoi.com
Brian Hughes
Independent Consultant
Founder,MAVN,Inc.
KPMG
Greg Pitter
Dave Larkins
Richard P. Jaffe
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Co-Creator,The Colony
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll,LLP
Roman Rariy, WG’10
Matt Laessig, G’98, WG’98
Founder,Turquoisejewelry.com
Blank Rome LLP
Wharton
Business Plan
Competition
Management Committee
Co-Chairs
Davis Smith, WG’11
Bhavin Vakani, WG’11
Directors,Judge Relations
Lee Bienstock, WG’11
Rohan Deuskar, WG’11
Carolina Huaranca, WG’11
Anna Banaag, WG’11
Lisa Zheng
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Directors,Mentoring & Education
harton
Taylor Duvall, WG’11
Business Plan
Lesley Mbogo, WG’11
Marina Nazarova, WG’11
Co-Chair,Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Sainath Divakar Lolayekar, WG’07
Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Associate VP, Emerging Markets,Wipro Technologies
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Mentors
Jack Abraham
Laurent Martin, WG’06
Prof. Raffi Amit
Victoria Joseph
Samuel Reeves, W’05
Founder,Milo
CTO & Co-Founder,Scancafe
The Wharton School
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Sam Allen, WG’06
Mary Elisa Merrill
Michael Aronson, W’78
Linda Kaelin
Charlotte Rivera
Co-Founder,Scancafe
Art Director,Upshot
MentorTech Ventures
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Rakesh Antala, EMTM’10
Mary Norton
Aradhana Bali, WG’10
Phil Kim
Jason Semine, WG’10
Crederity
CEO,Unstuck Consulting
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Karlin Asset Management
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Henri Asseily, C’92, WG’96
Sam Patterson, WG’85
Sylvie Beauvais
Tim Lacey, WG’08
Anne Stamer
Chief Strategist,Telnic Ltd.
Chairman & CEO,Veridyne
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
UR7s.com
Weiss Tech House
Jeffrey Becker
Sanjay Pingle, W’93
Branimir Brankov
Michael Last, WG’05
Brett Topche, W’03
JHW Investments
Executive Vice President,Medsite
Merck & Co.
Intellitoys
MentorTech Ventures
Peter Breuninger, W’86
Tamara Rajah, WG’08
Anita Choi, WG’10
Clare Leinweber
Jacqueline Vrettros
Founder,Moneyrec
Co-Founder,Tamara Kanes
WBPC Committee Co-Chair, 2008–2009
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Collin Brown, WG’99
Peter Roth, W’79
Emily Cieri
Prof. Ian MacMillan
Anhna Vuong
Co-Chairman,Eco-Resin/Tosh Holdings
CEO,Peter Thomas Roth
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
The Wharton School
Wharton External Affairs
Cindy Chan, WG’08
Dimple Sahni, WG’05
Maryalice DeCamp
Silvia Manak, WG’10
Josh Wais, W’11
StyleSynch.com
Partner,DS Inc.
Jefferson Wells
WBPC Director of Judge Relations,2008–2009
Muriel Whiteside
Barry Cinnamon, WG’86
Mousumi Shaw, W’98
Amy J. Dorfmeister
Dena Manulkin
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Founder & CEO,Akeena Solar,Inc.
Sikara & Co.
Ernst & Young
Merck & Co.
Ridgeway Wilson
Michelle Cohan
Brian Smith, WG’08
Juana Droessler
Chris Miller, WG’10
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Director of Marketing & IT,Land of Nod
Director of Education & Research,Virtua
Wharton MBA Program for Executives
Peter Winicov
Chris Diamond
Nathaniel Stevens, W’10
Bob Elder
Director of Operations & IT,
WBPC Committee,2008–2009
Directors,Marketing
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Founder,Vermont Restaurant
Founder,Yodle
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Megan Mitchell
Dan Baker, C’10
Jason Diaz, W’95
Claude Tellis, WG’00
Therese Flaherty
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Alan L. Zeiger
CEO,TaxiPass
Managing Director,Towerview Capital Management
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Alex Mittal, E’07, W’07
Thomas DiClemente, WG’80
David Trone, WG’85
Stephen M. Goodman, W’62, L’65
InnovaMaterials
General Partner,Gran Sasso Partners LLC
President,Total Wine & More
Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Leslie Mitts, WG’90
Dhaval Gosalia, PhD’05
Dhaval Gosalia, PhD’05
Wharton Small Business Development Center
MRL Operations,Finance,Merck & Co.
Brandon Watson, SEAS’96, W’97,
WG’97
Merck & Co.
Moritz Ostermayer, WG’10
Jeff Henretig, WG’09
Chief Executive Officer,IMSafer,Inc.
Jeff Grass, WG’99
WBPC Committee Co-Chair, 2008–2009
Founder,Coup de Taco
Andrew Weinreich
buySAFE,Inc.
David Piacquad, WG’84
Eurie Kim, WG’09
Founder,MeetMoi.com
Brian Hughes
Independent Consultant
Founder,MAVN,Inc.
KPMG
Greg Pitter
Dave Larkins
Richard P. Jaffe
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Co-Creator,The Colony
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll,LLP
Roman Rariy, WG’10
Matt Laessig, G’98, WG’98
Founder,Turquoisejewelry.com
Blank Rome LLP
Wharton
Business Plan
Competition
Management Committee
Co-Chairs
Davis Smith, WG’11
Bhavin Vakani, WG’11
Directors,Judge Relations
Lee Bienstock, WG’11
Rohan Deuskar, WG’11
Carolina Huaranca, WG’11
Anna Banaag, WG’11
Lisa Zheng
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
Directors,Mentoring & Education
harton
Taylor Duvall, WG’11
Business Plan
Lesley Mbogo, WG’11
Marina Nazarova, WG’11
Co-Chair,Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference
Co-President,Wharton Entrepreneurship Club
Sainath Divakar Lolayekar, WG’07
Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Associate VP, Emerging Markets,Wipro Technologies
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W h a r t o n E n t r e p r e n e u r i a l P ro g r a m s
Advisory Board
Robert B. Goergen, Chair, WG’62
David A. Piacquad, WG’84
Founder & Chairman,Blyth Inc.
Independent Consultant
Shelley Boyce, WG’95
Sashi Reddi, GRW’94
Founder and CEO,MedRisk
Founder & CEO,FXLabs (AppLabs)
Robert Coneybeer, WG’96
Richard Riley, W’96
Managing Director,Shasta Ventures
Managing Director & Senior Vice President,
Yahoo! Europe Middle East & Africa
Stephen M. Goodman, W’62, L’65
Partner,Business Transactions Practice,
Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Aydin Senkut, WG’96
Vivake Gupta, WG’06
Richard L. Thompson, WG’96
Managing Director,Lab49,Inc.
Playdom,Inc.& Dogtime Media,Inc.
Joshua Kopelman, W’93
David Trone, WG’85
Managing Partner,First Round Capital
President,Total Wine & More
In-kind Sponsors
Founder & President,Felicis Ventures
James McElwee, WG’76
Partner,Weston Presidio
Roy Neff, WG’76
Partner,Gamma Capital Advisors,Ltd
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Friends of the WBPC
Contributors
Contributors
Building Tomorrow’s Leading Enterprises
Design: Goldner Communications Design
Founder,Chairman & CEO,
Mail.com Media Corporation
Photography: Lionel Nicolau,W’10
Jay C. Penske, W’01
W h a r t o n E n t r e p r e n e u r i a l P ro g r a m s
Advisory Board
Robert B. Goergen, Chair, WG’62
David A. Piacquad, WG’84
Founder & Chairman,Blyth Inc.
Independent Consultant
Shelley Boyce, WG’95
Sashi Reddi, GRW’94
Founder and CEO,MedRisk
Founder & CEO,FXLabs (AppLabs)
Robert Coneybeer, WG’96
Richard Riley, W’96
Managing Director,Shasta Ventures
Managing Director & Senior Vice President,
Yahoo! Europe Middle East & Africa
Stephen M. Goodman, W’62, L’65
Partner,Business Transactions Practice,
Morgan,Lewis & Bockius LLP
Aydin Senkut, WG’96
Vivake Gupta, WG’06
Richard L. Thompson, WG’96
Managing Director,Lab49,Inc.
Playdom,Inc.& Dogtime Media,Inc.
Joshua Kopelman, W’93
David Trone, WG’85
Managing Partner,First Round Capital
President,Total Wine & More
In-kind Sponsors
Founder & President,Felicis Ventures
James McElwee, WG’76
Partner,Weston Presidio
Roy Neff, WG’76
Partner,Gamma Capital Advisors,Ltd
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Friends of the WBPC
Contributors
Contributors
Building Tomorrow’s Leading Enterprises
Design: Goldner Communications Design
Founder,Chairman & CEO,
Mail.com Media Corporation
Photography: Lionel Nicolau,W’10
Jay C. Penske, W’01
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
4th Floor, Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.898.4856
www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu
http://bpc.wharton.upenn.edu
Photo: iStock
Final Round Presentations &
Award Ceremony
Jon M. Huntsman Hall
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wharton Business Plan
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