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Informational Reception for the UNM Tech Business Plan Competition and UNM Entrepreneurial Challenge

September 26, 2011

The UNM Anderson School of Management will host an Informational Reception for the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition and UNM Entrepreneurial Challenge on Tuesday, September 27th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Paul R. Jackson Student Center. The speaking program will begin shortly after 4:00 p.m. This reception celebrates valued supporters and sponsors, as well as kicks off the full-academic-year cycle of events leading up to the April 20, 2012 competitions.

Speaking at the reception will be past successful competition team members. These include Michael Robson and Meer Noor, founders of Proteus Coatings. Robson and Noor won last spring’s $25,000 Lockheed Martin / TVC / Sandia National Labs Prize, the First Place prize in the spring 2011 Technology Business Plan Competition. Proteus Coatings has developed novel uses for nano-structured materials that create unique visual effects when applied as a clear coat to a colored base coat of paint.

Another speaker will be Paul Aitken, founder of Safe Ride Logistics and the Party Trolley, winner of last spring’s $2,500 Northwestern Mutual ~ Southwest Prize in the Entrepreneurial Challenge. The Party Trolley seeks to give customers a safe, fun, affordable way to get to where the party is happening and back home again. Aitken’s target market is UNM students who just want to have fun, and he plans to expand his operations from using one trolley to two this semester in order to serve both bars and concert venues.

Also in business is RoAD Mobile Media LLC (formerly ADvantage), winner of the $5,000 Altela Prize in the Entrepreneurial Challenge. Founders Steven Lang and Sam Caswell provide innovative, versatile, and affordable advertising, anytime and anywhere. Says Lang, “My partner, Sam Caswell, and I would really like to thank the University of New Mexico. If it weren't for the competition and the dedication that UNM puts into its students, we would not be in the position we are in right now. We appreciate all you guys have provided us! Thank you again for everything.”

In addition to sponsors mentioned above, supporters of the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition include PNM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the City of Albuquerque, the Technology Innovation Program Endowment, vSpring Capital and its KickStart Seed Fund, Sun Mountain Capital, Peacock Myers, and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Sponsors of the Entrepreneurial Challenge, which is partially funded by the McCune Foundation, also include Don Chalmers and Don Chalmers Ford, the New Mexico Gas Company, and ACCION.

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