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Haas NewsWire, April 26, 1999

UCB Business Plan Competition Announces Finalists
Haas Contributes More to Challenge for Charity
Welcome the MBA Class of 2001
Career Center Seeks MBA Student Career Coaches
Haas Faculty and Staff Unite Against MBAs in Softball
Governor Davis to Speak at Cal's Charter Day
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The first-ever UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Haas School of Business, is in full swing. At last week's Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation presented the eight teams selected to compete in the final round for the $8,000 winning prize.

Finalists include InVivo, whose product provides rapid and economical identification of genetic mutations; Vouchsafe, which plans to build back-office electronic commerce technologies for the retail sector; AllOptics, which aims to "break the bandwidth bottleneck" by providing reliable, low-cost, fiber optic systems using its patented passive optical network (PON); as well as Hotpaper.com, myNetix, zipRealty.com, iLink, and Timbre Technologies.

Selected from a field of over 75 entrants, the finalists are composed of UC Berkeley students, faculty, alumni, and members of the entrepreneurial community. Cross-departmental collaborations were abundant: Out of the original 75 teams, 35 had graduate students from engineering and/or life sciences, 35 had MBAs, 12 had alumni, and 12 have non-UCB members. Each team has at least one member who is either a current UCB student or alum.

UC Berkeley's Business Plan Competition seeks to distinguish itself by focusing on realistic, fundable plans. The judging committees are comprised of individuals from professional venture capital firms and high-tech companies. With the help of Steve Domenik (General Partner at Sevin Rosen Funds and a Cal alum), the competition has managed to garner support from Intel, Siemens Corporation, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Andersen Consulting, and Palo Alto Software.

The final round, to be held at the Haas School on May 7th and 8th, will afford the eight teams the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a prestigious judging committee composed of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and high-tech professionals and to the public.

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Haas MBAs moved up from fourth place in 1998 to third in 1999 in the competition for the Golden Briefcase in this year's Challenge for Charity year-end results. UCLA placed first, University of Washington finished second, and Stanford University came in fourth.

The Haas School team raised a total of $69,548 or an average of $139.37 per student, placing second for its fundraising efforts. It placed third in sports. Although 499 students participated, Haas finished last in terms of the average number of hours volunteered (0.455 hours).

Challenge for Charity is an annual fundraising competition among six West Coast business schools. All proceeds of the challenge are donated to the Special Olympics. Together, the six schools raised a total of $281,995.

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Please join Dean Tyson, Andy Shogan, Dave Downes, faculty, and current MBAs at the annual admits reception welcoming the members of the Class of 2001 on Thursday, May 6th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the BankAmerica Forum.

The admits reception is an opportunity for Haas to help those admits who have not made their final decisions to make Haas their school of choice. Admits will be interested in meeting the school's principals with whom they will be interacting for the next two years and beyond, if they choose to attend Haas.

We hope you will join the deans and the MBA admissions staff in welcoming this year's admits to the Haas School. Please send your RSVP to the Haas Visitation Program at hvp@haas.berkeley.edu.

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If you are a soon-to-be second-year MBA student who values sharing your knowledge and insights about the MBA job search process with new students, increasing the preparation level and professionalism of your peers, here is your chance. The Career Center seeks MBA student career coaches to help enhance the marketability of the incoming class of MBAs. The primary objective of the MBA career coach is to increase the preparation level, competitiveness, and marketability of fellow Haas students. Career coaches draw from their specific work experiences and backgrounds to provide information, advice, feedback and practical strategies to their peers.

To apply to become a career coach, please contact Lesah Beckhusen at beckhuse@haas. Application deadline is Friday, April 30.

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This week, Haas faculty and staff will join to form a team against the MBAs. We encourage all to come and either participate or cheer on the teams. The game is on Friday, April 30, 5:00-8:00 pm, at Golden Bear Field (off Dwight way near the Clark Kerr campus).

The purpose of the event is to enjoy ourselves and to raise money for Challenge for Charity. Please show your support for the MBA's C4C efforts and your hard-playing colleagues by pledging a flat $ amount for the Haas faculty-staff team effort. Please send email to Diana Burke at dburke@haas with the amount of your pledge, and join your colleagues, either on or off the field.

At the last practice, staff played against faculty and won by a narrow margin. The members of both teams reportedly played well and came away with only minor injuries.

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Governor Gray Davis will give the keynote speech at the 131st Charter Day festivities on Friday, April 30, at Zellerbach Auditorium. All events open to the entire campus community, no tickets are required.

9:30 - 11:00 am 1998 Haas International Award Lecture
Welcome reception from 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Tilden Room, Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union
Dr. Ahmed A. Goueli, Minister of Trade and Supply, Arab Republic of Egypt, 1998 Haas Award Recipient

11:00 am - Noon Charter Day Ceremony
Zellerbach Auditorium
Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl, presiding
Governor Gray Davis, keynote speaker

Noon - 1:00 pm Happy Birthday Cal Celebration
Dwinelle Plaza
Cake, Oski, Cal Band, and drawing for a free vacation

Supervisors are authorized to grant up to one and one-half hours of administrative leave to staff to attend the Charter Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon in Zellerbach Auditorium. Staff employees should follow normal departmental procedures to request administrative leave. Other Charter Day activities will not be covered under the staff administrative leave policy.

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All articles are posted in the Haas in the News bulletin board between the student lounges and the Computer Center

The Haas School of Business was mentioned in Newsweek on April 16th in an article titled "For an Entrepreneurial Edge, Go to B-School?" Two current MBA students, Scott Kucirek and Juan Mini, talked about the skills and network acquired at Haas that have now led them to form an Internet real estate brokerage.

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