2011 Business Plan Competition at

The Paul Merage School of Business




On Friday, May 20, the Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony for the 2011 Business Plan Competition at The Paul Merage School of Business was held at the UC Irvine Student Center.  During the finals, 15 semi-finalist teams competed for $36,000 in awards.

As a result of the judging of each team’s business plan and investment presentation, the Competition Judges selected the following teams as the winners of the 2011 Business Plan Competition.  Please join me in congratulating our winners (names in bold type denote Merage students):

1st Place, Overall Competition, $15,000
CritWalls

Johnny Liao
Tina Lodovico
Josh Wu
Tao Zhang

Coach: Demetri Andrikos

critwalls.com

 

From left to right: Charlie Baecker, Tina Lodovico, Josh Wu, Johnny Liao, Tao Zhang, Bruce Feuchter, Rageev Tyagi

 

 

2nd Place, Overall Competition, $7,500
Food N’ Me

Kelly Johnston
Wajdie Ahmad

Frederic De Wulf
Marta De Wulf
Coach: Sam Wu and Ted Hsieh
foodnme.com
 

3rd Place, Overall Competition, $2,500
KeenCAT

Arlene Doria
Melinda Simon
Nick Martin
Crystal Rapier
Kelly Chen
Coach: Don Beall
KeenCAT Technologies
 

4th Place, Overall Competition, $1,000
Pinnacle Therapeutics

Lawrence Kim
Steven Chan
Khoa Tu

Mohammed Elayan
Ed Wu
Cyrus Manuel
Allen Foulad
Coach: Ray Cohen
Pinnacle Therapeutics
 

Best Concept Paper, Graduate Division
STACKED Wines

Matthew Zimmer
Jodi Wynn
Douglas Allan
Jennifer Aronson
Michael Kajdasz
Howard Lee

Coach: Doug Pennington
stackedwines.com
 

Vator.tv People’s Choice Award, $1,500
Pinnacle Therapeutics

Lawrence Kim

Steven Chan
Khoa Tu

Mohammed Elayan
Ed Wu
Cyrus Manuel
Allen Foulad
Coach: Ray Cohen
Pinnacle Therapeutics
 

1st Place, Undergraduate Division, $2,500
Spawnd

John Junyszek
Naren Sathiyamoorthy
Rohan Venapusala
Ryan Reyes
Henry Bradlow
Coach: Ash Kumar
spawnd.com
 

2nd Place, Undergraduate Division, $1,500
SphereView

Jimmy Chieh Ming Hsu
Karen Zhou
Sepehr Tehrani
Coach: Chuck Krumm and Ismail Eldumiati
SphereView


Best Concept Paper, Undergraduate Division
Spawnd

John Junyszek
Naren Sathiyamoorthy
Rohan Venapusala
Ryan Reyes
Henry Bradlow
Coach: Ash Kumar
spawnd.com

 
Prosperitas Ideas to Action Award, $2,000
Pleiades

Peyton Paulick
Nizan Friedman
David Bardin
Tim Kooyers
Coach: Sanjay Dalal
Pleiades

 
 

 

 

2011 Kick-Off Photos