Friday, May 6, 2011

UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge Final Business Plan Competition Prizes Increased to $100k

UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge Final Business Plan Competition Prizes Increased to $100k

Always striving to create the most unique entrepreneur environment, the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge has year over year been able to expand it's prize offerings.  This year they are excited to be able to increase our $80k prize package to $100k and expand the resources they are able to provide to aspiring entrepreneurs.

(Be sure to also check out the Startup Job Fair on Monday May 9, organized by the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge).

The $100k in prizes offered will encompass 
1) Cash
2) Legal Services provided by DLA Piper
3) Incubation Services 
4) Financial Services

The Deadline for submission is Friday May 13 at 11:59pm.  Submissions consist of a 1500 word Executive Summary and 15 slide Powerpoint deck.
The top 5 submissions will pitch live on June 1st at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium for our final Judging Panel:

Ernest Rady--Namesake Rady School of Management, Rady Childrens Hospital
Saeed Amidi--Founder Plug and Play Tech Center--seed funders of Paypal
Gail Naughton--Dean of the College of Business Administration at SDSU
Leo Spiegel--Managing Partner Mission Ventures
Blaise Barrelet--Founder and CEO Anametrix and WebSideStory (acquired by Adobe for $1.8 Billion)
Mary Ann Beyster--President for the Foundation of Enterprise Development
Bruce Breslau--Senior Vice President Market Manager at Union Bank of California

"UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge is bringing to light the vibrant, yet underground entrepreneurial scene in San Diego. Thanks to programs like these, we are sure to see the growth of San Diego as a well known entrepreneurial hot spot. Thank you UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge."

Bonsoms (Babson College--Ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship)

Weekend Reading from Jan Kleissl: Convective heat transfer on leeward building walls in an urban environment: Measurements in an outdoor scale model

New paper from environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl and Jacobs School PhD student Anders Notrott (and A. Inagaki, M. Kanda from Tokyo Institute of Technology).

"Convective heat transfer on leeward building walls in an urban environment: Measurements in an outdoor scale mode". It appears this week online in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.
Abstract: Convection over the building envelope is a critical determinant of building cooling load, but parameterization of convection in building energy models and urban computational fluid dynamics models is challenging. An experimental investigation intended to clarify the heat transfer mechanism of a convective wall boundary layer (WBL) on a leeward, vertical building wall was conducted at the Comprehensive Outdoor Scale Model (COSMO) facility for urban atmospheric research. Comparison of mean and turbulent temperature fluctuation intensity profiles showed that the dominant regime of the WBL flow was turbulent natural convection. Implications for parameterization of convective heat fluxes in urban areas are discussed.
Notrott and Kleissl worked together on the California solar map project: Engineers Help Power Solar Use by 'Mapping' the Sun

Startup Job Fair / UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge

The first annual Startup Job Fair is this Monday May 9th, 2011 from 5PM to 8PM.
Where? UCSD Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room

The student-organizers of the event expect 30 startup companies to attend, including:

BrightScope, Client Radius, SOOVO, Open Candy, Edge Tech Wireless, Zenobia Therapeutics, Precision Point, Cloud Canvas and Congionics.

The organizers give special thanks to:
CONNECT, CommNexus San Diego, Tech Coast Angelsvon Liebig Center and BIOCOM.

The Startup Job Fair is hosted by the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge and Ansir Innovation Center