|Minnesota Cup Offering $200K for Breakthrough Ideas |
The largest state-wide new venture competition in the country is seeking innovative new business ideas in the ninth annual Minnesota Cup. Submit your breakthrough idea by May 17 for a chance to win $200,000 in cash prizes, get connected with leading mentors and investors to advance your business idea. The Holmes Center organizes the competition alongside alumni co-founders Scott Litman and Dan Mallin. Open to any Minnesota business with less than $1 million of historical revenue. Hear about the program from 2012 winner Julie Gilbert.
|Professor Shaker Zahra Receives Doctorate
Professor Shaker Zahra, chair of the Department of Strategic Management and Organization, received an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. The event conferring the honor took place on March 9, in Stockholm City Hall, the usual gathering place for Nobel Prize ceremonies.
Zahra, also holds the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and serves as the academic director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. His expertise lies in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship in science and tech-based industries, entrepreneurship and national policy, and innovation.
|Tech Commercialization Seminars Wrap up April 13
Definity Health and Red Brick co-founder Kyle Rolfing keynotes the fourth spring seminar on April 13th, focusing on "Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Health Care Services". Developed for graduate and PhD students in technology and science programs across the University of Minnesota, the 3M Seminar series features interactive discussions and case studies on how to bring your ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. Jon Foley, Chris Smith and Sean Solberg led seminars earlier this semester.
Recognizing the increasing impact of entrepreneurship education and research at the Carlson School, the Board of Regents formally approved the name change to the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship department. Ranked 6th in the nation for faculty research productivity, SME gives students and managers the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to create value in organizations.
Larry and Caryl Abdo once again welcomed Carlson MBA students and spouses to their historic Nicollet Island Inn for the 9th installment of the Abdo Dinner Conversation Series. Over dinner at their award winning restaurant, the Abdos, Dan and Bridget Johnson, and John and Stacey Sturgess led a discussion on the challenges and rewards of being married to an entrepreneur (and their business!). More.
TEDxUMN Returns to Campus
The Holmes Center is once again sponsoring the TEDxUMN event. TEDxUMN2013 conference will be held on April 20th at 12:30 PM. Themed "Where do we go from here?", the second annual conference will bring together speakers from different fields to share their stories regarding how inventions and discoveries are changing our world. The event will be held in Coffman Memorial Union. Tickets and more information
10th BizPitch Competition Sparks Interest Across Campus
The 10th BizPitch competition will move to the Carlson School atrium on April 17th to hear innovative student business ideas competing for $1,300 in cash prizes. More.
Van de Ven Named Founding Editor
Professor Andrew Van de Ven has been named founding editor of a new journal, the Academy of Management Discoveries, being launched in 2014. Van de Ven will help to shape this journal and promote the creation and dissemination of new empirical evidence that strengthens understanding of important new or poorly understood phenomena relevant to management and organizations. Andy holds the
Vernon H. Heath Chair of Organizational Innovation and Change, and is a global leader in the study of organizational innovation and change management.
|Upcoming Entrepreneurship Events @ Carlson|
CEO Dinner - Keynote by Tom Shaver - April 12th @ 6:00 PM
3M Seminar - Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Health Care - April 13th @ 8:00 AM
BizPitch Competition - April 17th @ 12:00 PM
TEDxUMN - April 20th @ 12:30 PM
Healthbox Accelerator Networking Event - April 30th @ 5:00 PM
Entrepreneurship in Action - Final Presentations - May 1st @ 3:45 PM
STARTUP Class - Final Presentations - May 13th @ 5 PM
Minnesota Cup - Entry Deadline - May 17th
Fast Facts 2012
4th Largest Major
10 MBA Courses
9 Undergraduate Courses
31 Student Mentors
44 MN Cup Mentors
25 Businesses Formed
126 Student/Alum Entrepreneurs Advised
Honorable Mention in Princeton Review Rankings
Holmes Center Advisory Board
Prof. Myles Shaver
Prof. Shaker Zahra
Holmes Center Benefactors
Jennifer & Kevin Amys
Dave & Carolyn Cleveland
Deluxe Corp. Foundation
Tim & Val Doherty
Ann & Robert Jackson
Anna & Eugene Karpas
Bill & Susan Sands
State Farm Insurance
J.A. Wedum Foundation
MN Cup Mentors
Robert Befidi, Jr.
Mary Pat Blake