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Press Release


March 26, 2010

(Albuquerque, NM) Two teams of graduate business students from UNM's Anderson School of Management competed in the 2nd annual Camino Real Venture Competition, an international business plan competition hosted by the University of Texas at El Paso on March 4-5, 2010.

The UNM teams competed against other student teams representing schools in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, as well as students from the country of Mexico.

The teams presented business plans based on innovative technologies to a group of judges consisting of successful business people, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other business experts. Both UNM teams advanced to present in the final round as two of the four finalist teams.

Mimic Tracking Systems
Photo: Mimic Tracking Systems (from left to right, John Soladay, Whitney Sanzero, Adam Heying).
One of the UNM teams, Mimic Tracking Systems, consists of three MBA students in Management of Technology: Whitney Sanzero, Adam Heying, MBA candidate also in Finance, and John Soladay, Fall 2009 MBA graduate. Whitney Sanzero won the Best 60-Second Elevator Pitch Contest, making this the second year in a row that the award has gone to a UNM student, and Mimic placed 3rd overall in the competition for a total award of $1,250. The winning pitch was professionally filmed and edited and it can be viewed from the competition's website along with competition photographs at

Santa Fe Health Software
Photo: Santa Fe Health Software (from left to right, Joe Budagher, Vikram Bakshi, Chris Elliot).
The second student team, Santa Fe Health Software, consists of three MBA candidates in Finance and International Business. They are: Joseph Budagher, Vikram Bakshi, an international student, and Christopher Elliott. Santa Fe Health Systems placed second overall in the competition with an award of $1,500.

Both teams look forward to competing in the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition at the Anderson School of Management on April 16, 2010. The UNM competition is open to the public, and more information and a schedule of events can be found online at

The Mimic Tracking Systems pitch was sponsored by RCIC and can be viewed on YouTube at:


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.