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Haas NewsWire, December 8, 2003

Global Social Venture Competition off to a Strong Start with 151 Entrants
Haas School Launches New Executive Programs in Australia
Berkeley MBA Students Hit the Street: Annual Haas Finance Trip to New York Dec. 17
Ready, Set, Go: The 2004 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is Under Way
Two Berkeley MBAs Named Venture Capital Fellows for 2004
Nominations for Entrepreneurship Award Due Dec. 19
Get into the Season's Spirit, Haas Holiday Party on Dec. 12
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The Global Social Venture Competition has received executive summaries from 151 teams from 48 universities on six continents, marking the largest and most international pool of registrants to the competition that judges business plans for both their social impact and their financial returns on investment.

The competition was renamed the Global Social Venture Competition in August this year when the London Business School joined the two-year partnership between the Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, and The Goldman Sachs Foundation.

The represented schools include the Anderson School at UCLA, Columbia Business School, Fuqua School of Business (Duke), Haas School of Business, Harvard School of Business, the Indian School of Business, INSEAD, the Johnson School of Management (Cornell), Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern), London Business School, McGill School of Business (Canada), Melbourne Business School, Michigan Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of Nairobi, and Wharton (Penn).

To compete in the 2004 competition, teams must submit their business plans by January 28, 2004. It is not necessary to have submitted an executive summary before the January 28 deadline to enter the competition. For more information on the competition, visit http://www.socialvc.net.

The final event and awards ceremony will take place April 15 and 16, 2004, at the London Business School.

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The Center for Executive Development (CED) at the Haas School of Business will launch a range of new, leading-edge programs in the Australian executive education market in 2004.

The launch into Australia builds on the strong demand from many international businesses and associations with interests in Australia and demonstrates CED's increasingly strong link between Australia and the US.

The Haas School is launching the following programs in Australia in 2004:

  • Creativity and Innovation Management: Growing your Business Through Diversity and Innovation (3 days)
  • Venture Capital Program: Effective Strategies for Raising Capital (3 days)
  • Executive International Growth Program (6 days)
  • Advanced Management Program: Executive Pathway (6 days)

The programs will be taught by Sara Beckman, Haas senior lecturer; John Freeman, Helzel Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Jerry Engel, adjunct professor and executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Vinod Aggarwal, affiliated professor in the Business and Public Policy Group; Peter Wilton, Haas lecturer; Pino Audia, assistant professor, Rashi Glazer, professor in the Marketing Group, and Paul Tiffany, Haas senior lecturer.

"One of the greatest experiences of attending a Haas School executive education program is the experience that our participants gain from our world-leading faculty," says Stames. "Our professors bring an enormous wealth of talent and experience to bear in Haas programs, and we are greatly excited about the opportunity to come to Australia to deliver these programs."

For more information on the Australia program, visit http://execdev.haas.berkeley.edu.

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A group of Berkeley MBA students is embarking on a whirlwind tour of New York City's financial district, getting a chance to meet with executives from the major financial firms, as part of the Finance Club's annual Wall Street trip.

"This trip is a great way to introduce Berkeley MBAs who are interested in working on Wall Street to its energy and culture," says Mark Friedfeld, account manager in Haas Career Services. "It helps them get a realistic sense of its lifestyle, lets them showcase their skills and talents, and gets them in front of the people that matter -- recruiters, alumni, and hiring managers."

Planned visits include five investment banking firms -- Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Banc of America Securities, UBS Warburg, and Citigroup as well as one private equity group -- Auda Investments. The group will also tour the New York Stock Exchange. They will be in New York from December 17 to 19.

In previous years, the trip took place in January, but beginning this year it has been moved to December to facilitate interviewing and networking for both summer internships and job offers. Some of the students have lined-up interviews prior to heading east. Some of the firms on the itinerary also invite students to interview during their visit.

The annual trip is organized by a team of Berkeley MBA students. This year the leaders of the trip are first-year MBA students Anuj Mathur and Tony Hung and second-year MBA student Ravi Anaparti.

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Ready, Set, Go: The 2004 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is Under Way

The 2004 UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition will kick off this week with its first official workshop of the year, "Basics, Insights, and Networking," as entrepreneurs from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco are already forming teams and drafting executive summaries.

The competition's kick-off workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Cheit Hall, room 125. This event is open to anyone interested in forming a team and entering the competition.

Focusing on the competition rules, this week's workshop is also designed to bring teams together and teach them the basics of creating a powerful business plan and executive summary. Daniel Burnett of MedVenture Associates, who was on the 2003 winning Gastric Retention Technologies, will speak along with Kevin Warnock, cofounder of Hotpaper, a finalist in the 1999 competition (sold to GoAmerica in 2000).

Now in its sixth year, the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition gives students, alumni, and entrepreneurs from both UC Berkeley and the life sciences campus of UC San Francisco the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into real business. Last year, more than 200 aspiring entrepreneurs entered 58 plans in areas as diverse as information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, computing services and software, consumer goods, and financial services.

To participate in the 2004 competition, teams must submit their executive summaries to the organizers by 5:00 p.m. on January 30, 2004. The finalist presentations and awards ceremony will take place on April 29, 2004 in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

Additional information and a full calendar of events can be found at http://bplan.berkeley.edu/. For more information you may send specific questions via e-mail to bplan@haas.berkeley.edu.

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First-year MBA students Manuel Rodriguez and Daniel Yoo won the Venture Capital Fellowships for 2004, which give them a chance at an internship with a venture capital firm next summer.

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation annually chooses a select group of exceptional first-year MBA students to receive its Venture Capital Fellowships. The Lester Center then matches the students with 3-month summer internships at Venture Capital firms or their portfolio companies.

Rodriguez's goal is to launch a career in venture capital with investment emphasis in the life sciences sector. He already holds a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology and has nearly four years of industry experience managing various R&D projects.

Yoo co-founded an insurance brokerage firm named ReliaQuote/Fiserve, Inc., while still an undergraduate at Georgetown University. He then worked as an analyst at Merrill Lynch Technology Investment Banking, before moving on to Epoch Partners, an investment bank in San Francisco.

The Venture Capital Fellowship program, sponsored by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation since 1997, creates opportunities for Berkeley MBA students to gain direct experience in the venture capital industry as part of their education. The fellows are introduced to participating venture capital firms that may place the fellow in a summer internship within their own offices or with a portfolio company. In addition, all fellows receive a $1,000 stipend.

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The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is inviting members of the Haas community to nominate second-year MBA students for the second annual Gloria W. Appel Fellowship.

Nominations for this award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in entrepreneurship are due December 19, 2003. Submit nominations to lester@haas.berkeley.edu or call center staff at 510-642-8639.

Berkeley MBA students Amir Sharif-Homouyon, MBA 03, and Pramod Srivatsa, MBA 03, shared the first annual Gloria Appel Fellowship for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship in 2003.

The award is funded by an endowment from the Louis and Harold Price Foundation in honor of the late Gloria W. Appel. The award, a $5,000 fellowship, is presented to an MBA candidate who has made an extraordinary contribution to the entrepreneurship program at Haas. The winner is chosen based on their contribution to the entrepreneurship program at Haas.

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All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the Haas School's annual holiday party on Friday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Bank of America Forum.

The Peter Grey Trio will play holiday-themed jazz. The fabulous holiday fare will be catered by Pomegranate, the FIFO café, and Khana Peena. Haas faculty and staff participating in the annual dessert contest will bring their homemade treats. There will be a Toys-for-Tots bin, so please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to this program for children in need.

For more information contact Susie Hanna at hanna@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Professor Rubinstein to Speak to Security Analysts

Mark Rubinstein, the Paul Stephens Professor of Applied Investment Analysis, will address the Security Analysts of San Francisco on December 9, 2003. He will speak about his work on the history of financial theory. He has also been asked to speak about opportunities for continuing education in finance, in particular the programs offered by the Haas School.

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Terrance Odean, associate professor in the Finance Group, was mentioned in Forbes magazine on December 8 in an article titled, "What would you do with $800,000? Some Advice."

The Haas School's Center for Responsible Business was mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 30 in an article titled, "Progressive Inc. Leftist, Environmental Groups Figure Out Sustainable Businesses." For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/30/BUGPU3ASC51.DTL.

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in the Contra Costa Times on November 30 in an article titled, "Freezes in Public Sector Hiring Could Cause a Chill." Campbell commented on the effect of the hiring freeze in the UC system. For full text: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/7380660.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 29 in an article titled, "Brighter Day for Real Estate Commercial Properties Regaining their Appeal as Business Returns to S.F." Rosen commented that low rental rates are attracting tenants. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/29/BUGHE3CDHN1.DTL&type=printable.

Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, was mentioned in The Los Angeles Times on November 28 in an article titled "Ghanain Sees Education as Key to Africa's Future." Dean Tom Campbell, who taught a two-week session at Ashesi University last spring, commented on Awuah's "monumental accomplishment." For full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/education/ la-na-ghana28nov28,1,3409149.story?coll=la-news-learning.

Florian Zettelmeyer, associate professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in Business Week on November 25 in an article titled, "Bridging the Digital Divide, Cheaply." Zettelmeyer commented that buying a car online helps to level the playing field between socioeconomic groups. For full text: http://www.msnbc.com/news/998392.asp?0cv=TB10.

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  • UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Workshop
    Tuesday, December 9
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Cheit Hall Room 125
    For more information: http://bplan.berkeley.edu

  • Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Graduation
    Sunday, December 14
    International House, UC Berkeley
    By invitation only
    For more information please contact Nicole Terrell at 643-2188


    "Composition of Operating Cash Flow and Stock Returns" by Mei Luo,
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Wednesday, December 10
    10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Room C325 Cheit Hall
    For more information, contact Joe Cadora at cadora@haas.berkeley.edu.

    "Oligopolistic Insiders and Market Closures" by Alex Boulatov, University of California, Berkeley
    Thursday, December 11
    4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
    Room C210 Cheit Hall
    For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Alumni Events

    Biotech Networking Event
    Wednesday, December 10
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 2 Harrison St. San Francisco
    Attendance is free, pay as you go, RSVP not required.
    Please look for the Haas sign inside. Free street parking in the area and the brewery is a few blocks from BART/Muni.
    Please join Haas alumni who are working or interested in biotechnology/pharmaceutical/medical device industries and network with other business management professionals.

    Dinner in Milan, Italy
    Friday, December 12
    8:00 p.m.
    Haas Alumni are invited to the last 2003 Italian Haas alumni dinner. Please join us.
    Please RSVP to Ada Perniceni at aperniceni@hotmail.com or mobile: +39 3357529818

    UC Berkeley Alumni Dinner
    Thursday, December 18
    7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Orchid Room, the Western Chosun Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
    Haas alumni are invited to attend the annual UC Berkeley South Korea Alumni Association dinner in Seoul.
    For more information visit http://www.berkeley.or.kr and contact the webmaster at: kschu@chollian.net

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