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Haas NewsWire, January 25, 1999

Student Entrepreneurs Compete for $10K
Busy Spring Events Calendar
MBA Career Coaches Announced
Haas Enquirer: Barbara Horst
Emergency Training
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This spring, aspiring entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley will compete for thousands of dollars of start-up seed money. The Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and MBA Entrepreneurs Association will host the first annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition on May 8, 1999. The UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for UC Berkeley students and alumni to develop ideas and test business plans.

A panel of distinguished judges will determine the winning entry, with cash prizes totaling over $10,000. Judges include venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and faculty from the Haas School and UC Berkeley. The competition is underwritten with the generous financial support of several venture capital funds, with lead financing provided by Sevin Rosen Funds.

According to Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, "The ability to craft and articulate a strong business plan is the first test of a start-up management team. High potential ventures require strong entrepreneurial vision and execution. The plan, and management's ability to communicate it, gets management, investors and product inventors all on the same page, ready for action." Contest participants receive valuable exposure to leaders in new venture creation and the opportunity to enhance their skills in business development. The objectives of the competition are to support students and alumni in their entrepreneurial endeavors in new venture creation, to encourage commercialization of promising ideas emerging from UC Berkeley's strong technology tradition, and to build bridges between UC Berkeley and the Bay Area entrepreneurial community.

How to sign up:

For information on forming a team and for the rules of the competition, visit the "Entrepreneurs Exchange" at the competition website, http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/bplan.
Teams must submit a two-page summary and register by February 15, 1999 on the competition website. Team members are then eligible to attend a workshop series at the Haas School on launching a new business venture, issues such as legal considerations, intellectual property issues, market research, financial analysis, writing high-quality business plans, and making high-impact presentations to investors will be discussed.

Final business plans must be submitted by April 1, 1999. A panel of new venture professionals will select eight finalists. Oral presentations to a panel of distinguished judges will take place on May 8, 1999, at the Haas School of Business. The winning entry will be announced at the event.

For more information, please visit the website at http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/bplan, send your questions to bplan@haas.berkeley.edu, or contact Melissa Daniels at 1-510-594-9316.

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Get ready for another busy and exciting semester at Haas! Dates are filling up quickly, so here is a first look at some of the many events planned in and around the school in the months ahead. Mark your calendars now -- HNW will preview the events individually in upcoming issues.

Wednesday, 2/24-25/99, The MBA Sea Change Spring Symposium: "Mastering the Information Domain: How to Shape the Business of Tomorrow," featuring Arun Sarin, president and COO of Airtouch Communications. Classes suspended. For more information, visit http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/www/freise/seachange/.

Friday, 3/5-6/99, The Legal and Policy Framework for Global Electronic Commerce: A Progress Report on the Magaziner Report Two Years Out. Presented by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and The Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Haas School, Andersen Auditorium. For more information on the event, visit http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/BCLT/ecom/.

Monday, 3/8/99, Business Faculty Research Dialogue: Mort Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief, US News & World Report, co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism. Haas School, Andersen Auditorium.

Wednesday, 3/10/99, New Media Journalism Comes of Age: An all-day conference at the Graduate School of Journalism in North Gate Hall. Co-sponsored by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Wednesday, 4/14/99, Business Faculty Research Dialogue: David Hayle, global chief economist for the Zurich Group, parent company of Scudder-Kemper Investments. Haas School, Andersen Auditorium.

Saturday, 5/1/99, Haas Faculty Colloquium: Keynote speaker Roger Siboni, BS 76, president and CEO of Epiphany, Inc., in a classroom setting with faculty and alumni presentations, concludes with a networking luncheon in the BankAmerica Forum and Courtyard.

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Kicking-off the new career coaches program at the Career Center, ten search-savvy second-year MBAs have been announced. The career coaches program is the latest in a string of new initiatives to enhance services at the Haas Career Center. The volunteer career coaches will be available in mid-February to share industry-specific and general job search knowledge, contacts, and give advice to fellow students through a variety of outlets.

Shelley Bloch
High Tech for Non-tech areas

Andy Han
High Technology/Marketing

Chris Cottrell

Thomas Fischer
Real Estate

Julie Richmond
Real Estate & Investment Banking

Tanya Shaw
Investment Banking

Helen Kentish

Christopher Moore
Consulting or Start-ups

Tim Albinson
Investment Banking

Betsy O'Neill
Venture Capital

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An Ohio native and schooled philosopher, Barbara Horst joined Haas as the director of planning in 1991. She was hand-picked from KPMG Pete Marwick's higher education consulting practice to work on Dean Hasler's 'Vision 2000' plan. Horst was a strategy and organizational consultant for five years at KPMG after receiving her MBA here at the Haas School in 86.

Horst is currently the assistant dean of planning and academic administration, and works closely with Dean Tyson and the faculty on the new pilot program. Still in the proposal phase, Horst explains the pilot program, "It aspires to create an environment at Haas and on the campus that fosters our pre-eminence among the nation's business schools." According to Horst, the pilot has many facets and goals, but its basic objectives are to attract and retain top faculty, provide higher levels of professional services to students, strengthen the school's industry ties, and respond to changing market conditions in all these areas.

Barbara lives in Berkeley with her fiance Eric, son Geoff (3), step children Audrey (5) and Brendan (11), and two cats. A consummate time manager, she "carves out the time" to pursue her avid interest in sewing. Although she's been known to tackle projects as intricate as bridal gowns and tailored jackets, she prefers to focus now on items she can complete in the course of one weekend.

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The Financial Times called Associate Professor David Levine's book, Working in the 21st Century, "...practical and innovative and thankfully free of management-speak," in the January 15th Recruitment section. Levine's research on US labor and employment is highly regarded in the article titled 'Reinventing Work.' Look for a copy of the article on the Haas in the News bulletin board located in the corridor between the MBA student lounge and the computer center.

Chris Rosen, associate professor of business and public policy, traveled to the nation's capital to present her views on innovation and technology to fellow historians, practitioners, students, and policy makers at a conference sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Lemuelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation last November. Rosen's talk, "Business Historian's Industrial Ecology: Modern Corporate Environmental Management," was one of many exploring the relationship between technological invention and the environment. One of the Lemuelson Center's primary missions is to increase public understanding of innovation and technology by looking at the role of invention in American history and modern society.

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The Office of Emergency Preparedness, with sponsorship from Chancellor Berdahl, has introduced a new volunteer program, the HOME Team (Helping Our Campus Manage Emergencies). The HOME Team invites students, faculty, and staff to receive specialized training and become emergency response volunteers during a crisis. When needed, the HOME Team will be ready to work with essential-service departments during a disaster to save lives and protect property.

Those interested in volunteering will receive free specialized training in the area of their interest: Light Search and Rescue; First Aid/Triage; Shelter Operations; and Emergency Hotline Phone-operations. The training programs will be offered in March, April, and May, 1999, during regular business hours. More information and on-line registration, may be found at Office of Emergency Preparedness Web site: http://www.berkeley.edu/oep.

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