What a great business plan competition we had at Lucas Hall on the campus of Santa Clara University last Thursday, August the 13th. Eight teams representing sponsor companies Valence Energy, Hara, Serious Materials and FRS had 15 minutes to convince the six judges, Cris Banks (Haas Business School), Brad Mattson (Vantage Point Ventures), Bill Reichert (Garage Technology Ventures), David Dembitz (Keiretsu Forum), Chris Law (Aggregate Knowledge), and Kelly Sang (Alibaba.com) that their idea was worthy of taking to market.
Judges Cris Banks, Brad Mattson, and David Dembitz
Judges left to right Bill Reichert, David Dembitz, Chris Law and Kelly Sang quiz the “Tweenpreneurs” about financial and marketing strategies.
Michaela Kastelman (left) and the winning Hara Two team as they present their plan
The winning Hara Two team designed an iPhone app to track energy use and carbon emissions. The app was free and the judges liked their unique financial strategy. Congratulations to Michaela, Michael Cheng, Karthik Bala, Samir Kishore, Sachin Vadodaria and Maria Fernanda Gutierrez.