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UNM Business Plan Competition Invites CNM Students to Participate

February 9, 2016

For the first time ever, students from outside of the University of New Mexico are encouraged to participate in the UNM Business Plan Competition.

Starting this year a new collaboration between UNM and CNM will open the competition to students in entrepreneurial programs at both schools. Details of the collaboration will be released at a press conference on Tuesday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Jackson Student Center at the Anderson School of Management.

The press conference will feature Dean Craig White of UNM's Anderson School of Management and Dean Donna Diller of CNM's School of Business and Information Technology, as well as Dr. Sul Kassicieh, Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Economic and John Mierzwa, Director of CNM's STEMulus. In addition to outlining the program, they group will also discuss the recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two schools.

This collaboration will bring together UNM and CNM students (including participants of the Deep Dive Coding competition, the IGNITE Accelerator, and Entrepreneurial Mindset attendees) to work toward creating new startups in New Mexico with the potential and ability to achieve high growth. It will also provide students participating with valuable skills to be entrepreneurial-minded in an organization at which they are employed before launching their startup venture.

The UNM Business Plan Competition was started by Dr. Kassicieh 11 years ago. He says joining with CNM is a win-win for New Mexico and the students at both schools.

"Our collaboration with CNM and its entrepreneurial programs provides the opportunity to develop more college students into entrepreneurs with the education, resources, and mindset to grow their startup ventures and bolster economic development in New Mexico," says Dr. Kassicieh.

The UNM Business Plan Competition will offer $87,000 in prize money this year. Last year twenty teams competed in both Technology Ventures and Entrepreneurial Ventures tracks for $75,000 in start-up funding.

For more information contact Alberto Solís, or 277-6172 or Leslie Venzuela, or 277-7117.


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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.