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    MBA Students Display Innovative Business Solutions Designed for Local Tech Companies and Nonprofits

    Dec 15, 2010

    Eberhardt School of Business MBA students from University of the Pacific on Dec. 7 presented to the Sacramento business community innovative business plans designed to help local nonprofits and tech start-up companies.

    The presentations were part of a competition that allowed the Eberhardt School's MBA students to get hands-on experience in pitching business solutions in a formal presentation and trade show format. The Entrepreneur's Showcase drew about 80 business professionals and civic leaders. The event was a collaborative project between the Eberhardt School, Velocity Venture Capital, and Social Venture Partners of Sacramento.

    "The Showcase highlighted the opportunities our MBA students are afforded, such as working with business leaders in shaping the new markets of the future, including clean technology and social entrepreneurship," said Dan Wadhwani, the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Eberhardt School.

    Student teams involving nineteen Pacific students presented a variety of strategies for improving the future of clean technology companies and nonprofit organizations. The businesses and organizations included Jadoo Power, Solar Roofs, Laru Corporation, and Left Coast Wakeboarding. The nonprofits included Reading Partners, the Positive Coaching Alliance, and the Powerhouse Science Center.

    The student team of Stephen Quinn '09,'11 and Sean Pippin'11 won a presentation award for their work on Left Coast Wakeboarding, a startup that plans to introduce a cable wakeboarding park in the region. Raj Gandhi '11, Mahan Patel '11, Faisal Al-Reshaid '12 and Nabeel Cajee '11 also won an award for their work with the Powerhouse Science Center, a science and technology museum planned for downtown Sacramento. The team displayed their concept of a mobile science unit that could reach students throughout Northern California while generating revenue for the museum.

    The competition was the culmination of coursework in the Eberhardt School's MBA program that was taught and developed by professor Wadhwani and Jack Crawford, a local venture capitalist and philanthropist. Crawford serves as general partner for Sacramento-based Velocity Venture Capital and Social Venture Partners. Started in August, the class shuttled weekly between Pacific's Stockton campus and the Velocity offices in Folsom.

    "I was impressed by the students' ideas and poise," said Crawford of the presentations at the showcase, "and so were the other business leaders in attendance."

    For more information about the Entrepreneurs Showcase, or entrepreneurship education in the Eberhardt School, contact Dan Wadhwani at dwadhwani@pacific.edu.



    Student Teams

    Jadoo Power
    Vinny Johl (MBA '12)
    Kate Nezhura (MBA '12)
    Manpreet Randhawa (MBA '11)

    Solar Roofs
    Ang Gao (MBA '11)
    Artem Gramma (MBA '12)

    Laru Corporation
    Chhean Chhor (MBA '11)
    Christine Nguyen (MBA '11)

    Left Coast Wakeboarding
    Stephen Quinn (MBA '11)
    Sean Pippin (MBA '11)

    Powerhouse Science Center
    Raj Gandhi (MBA '11)
    Mahan Patel (MBA '11)
    Faisal Al-Reshaid (MBA '12)
    Nabeel Cajee (College '11)

    Positive Coaching Alliance
    Melissa McGhee (MBA '11)
    Moritz Starke (MBA '11)

    Reading Partners
    Karelli Cabral (SIS '12)
    Ashley Coleman (MBA '11)
    Eric Escoto (MBA '11)