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MEDIA ADVISORY: Student Teams to Compete for Johns Hopkins Business Plan Prize Money on April 12

April 9, 2013
Media Contact: Phil Sneiderman
Office: (443) 287-9960
Cell: (410) 299-7462

WHEN: Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition presentations and judging will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Winners will be announced during a dinner and awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring guest speakers Matthew Daimler and Susan Daimler. Matthew Daimler is the CEO/founder of Buyfolio.com, a collaborative platform for real estate agents and homebuyers that was acquired by Zillow in October 2012. Susan Daimler is the co-founder of Buyfolio.com. She is continuing her work on the Buyfolio product as the director of partner relations at Zillow and the general manager of Zillow NYC.

WHERE: Hodson Hall at The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Directions to event rooms will be provided in the main lobby. The business plan presentations are open to the general public. The dinner/awards ceremony is open only to invited guests and members of the news media.

WHO: Twenty-four finalist teams will present their business plans to judges in three categories: medical technologies and life sciences, general business and social enterprise. Each team is composed of two to ten undergraduates, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who have devised a product or service they propose to sell. The finalist teams come from seven Johns Hopkins University divisions: The Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Carey Business School, the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Education and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

WHAT: The business plans will include information on the need for a product or service, the range of potential customers, competition in the marketplace and how the company will be financed and will ultimately turn a profit. On Friday afternoon, each team will have about 15 minutes to present oral and PowerPoint summaries of their business plans and to answer questions from the judges.

PRIZES: In each category, the winning team will receive $6,000; second place, $4,000; third place, $2,000; runners-up $250.

WHY: The goal is to provide a chance for students to organize and present their ideas in a business setting and to encourage students to apply their ideas, concepts and products to develop enterprises and career opportunities. The event is hosted by the Center for Leadership Education, based in the Whiting School of Engineering.

CONTACT FOR THE EVENT: Pam Arrington, senior academic program coordinator for the Center for Leadership Education. Her weekday office phone is (410) 516-6741. On the day of the event, her cell phone number is (410) 802-1822.

More information about the competition can be found at http://www.jhu.edu/bpc/.

The hashtag on Twitter for the Business Plan Competition is #jhuBizPlan .


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