Date & Time
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Business Idea CompetitionJoin us for Saint Mary's College 2016 Business Idea Competition on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:15 - 9 p.m. at the Soda Center. Finalists will have an opportunity to work with coaches, seasoned entrepreneurs, and industry experts, and further develop their ideas and pitches before the competition. The objective of this Business Idea Competition is to help participants refine their ideas to get to the stage where they can actually present to investors.

This event will focus on showcasing business ideas/pitches from Saint Mary's College undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from SEBA, SOLA, SOS, KSOE.

  1. Interested applicants are required to submit an application to Professor Berna Aksu by Monday, February 15. Only interested in watching? Just RSVP here!
  2. Eight presenters will be selected as finalists and announced on Friday, February 19.  
  3. Finalists are required to attend at least one, preferably both, coaching workshops on the Rheem Campus on Friday, February 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and/or Sunday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (PowerPoint draft required for coaching session.) If you have questions regarding this requirement please contact Professor Aksu.
  4. Finalists will pitch their ideas at the competition and may use three PowerPoint slides as visual aids. 
  5. The format is 2 minute pitch - 4 minute Q&A - 4 minute feedback. 
  6. Presenters will receive feedback and votes from a panel of Keiretsu Forum investors and partners. (Note: This is a great opportunity for even early stage business ideas; you don't have to be funded, in revenue, or even be incorporated. The application form will guide you and help you think through the relevant aspects of your idea.)
Graduate 1st Place - $3,000, 2 hours of legal counsel at Ramsey Law Group valued at $700, a substantial discount for the Keiretsu Academy, and the coveted opportunity to present at an upcoming Angel Capital Expo - a Keiretsu Forum premier gathering of the angel capital community.

Undergraduate 1st Place - $2,000, 2 hours of legal counsel at Ramsey Law Group valued at $700, a substantial discount for the Keiretsu Academy, and the coveted opportunity to present at PitchForce, an event platform for early stage ventures. 

People's Choice Award - $1,000, voted on via text by the audience.

5:15pm  Registration and Networking
5:45pm  Welcome, Introductions and Update from 2014-2015 Winners
6:05pm  Undergraduate Presentations 
7:10pm  Graduate Presentations 
8:30pm  Award Announcement and Networking 

Appetizers and drinks will be served.
This is a business casual event. Please come in appropriate attire. 

Free for Saint Mary's College current students, presenters and Keiretsu Forum members
$10 for Saint Mary's College alumni 
$20 for Saint Mary's College friends/community members

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Randy Williams:  Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing.  Williams' passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. With over 1,500 angel investor members throughout 40 chapters on 3 continents Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.

Williams is also the founder of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation.  Since its inception in 2001, 114 deserving charities have been granted sizable donations.  The goal of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation is to grant $250,000 annually, to worthy local charities throughout the Keiretsu Forum regional chapters.
Williams has 30 years of experience in finance, real estate, and marketing including various alternative asset classes.  He was co-founder and Director of Diablo Valley Bank.  Williams was President of Pacific Union Commercial Brokerage, founder of the LaMorinda Bank, and Managing Director of Kennedy-Wilson International, an international real estate investment company.
Williams is a frequent guest speaker at investment conferences, leading universities, and business schools on alternative asset investment and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California. 

This is a Center for Regional Economy event hosted in partnership with Stull Grant for Entrepreneurship and the Keiretsu Forum.

About Saint Mary's College Center for the Regional Economy

The Center for the Regional Economy (CRE) brings together faculty, students and alumni at Saint Mary’s College with business, governmental and non-profit groups in the San Francisco East Bay, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area in support of an economy that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

It carries out research, both academic and applied, on the issues related to its mission, and provides access to research results as broadly as possible. It provides consultancy and advisory services to its constituents leveraging the expertise of Saint Mary’s faculty and students. It organizes events that bring together internal and external constituencies for shared discussion of topics of joint interest.

About Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum LogoKeiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 1,500 investor members throughout 40 chapters on 3 continents, Keiretsu Forum is the world's largest angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum membership is comprised of angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate/institutional investors, and serial entrepreneurs who provide early-stage capital in the range of $250,000 - $2 million to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Keiretsu Forum is not a fund and does not invest as an LLC. Keiretsu Forum members collaborate in the due diligence but make individual investment decisions.

Questions about the event? Interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Contact Dr. Berna Aksu

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