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08/15/2005 - Gonzaga University Students Among Semi-Finalists in Fortune Competition

Student Showdown Finalists to be Determined in September
Original Lacrosse Company, a sporting goods manufacturing and retail business created by Gonzaga University students, is among the 11 teams selected as semi-finalists in the FORTUNE Small Business (FSB) third annual business plan competition in New York City.

A student from each of the teams gave a 10-minute synopsis on its business plan last Wednesday, Aug. 10. The judges are in the process of selecting the top five teams, which will advance to the final round of the competition. In the final round, a student from each team will field questions on the teamís business plan from a competing team; judges will select the overall winners.

In April, Original Lacrosse captured first place and a $10,000 prize in the fifth annual Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga in collaboration with Eastern Washington University and Whitworth College. The company consists of Evan Castiglia, Ryan Leong, and Drew Shemchuk.

The FSB Student Showdown is a search for the best business plans created on the nationís campuses. To enter, a team must win the business plan competition at its school or another university-based business plan contest. The top-ranked team will receive a $35,000 prize from contest sponsor SAP, provider of business management software. The second place team will receive $10,000 and the third place team will receive $5,000. The winners will be revealed in the November issue of FORTUNE Small Business magazine.

The entries in this yearís FSB competition come from the nationís top business and entrepreneurship schools, including Babson, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Georgia, Wharton and many other private and state universities. In all, 82 teams from 66 schools submitted entries to the competition. The judges chose the 11 teams of semi-finalists based on the quality of their management teams and the viability and thoroughness of their business plans.

For more information, contact: Gonzaga Professor Paul Buller, director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, at (509) 323-3438 or via e-mail at buller@jepson.gonzaga.edu; Susan Brown Williams 212-522-0133 or susan_williams@timeinc.com; or Jenna Landry 212-522-2134 and via e-mail at Jenna_landry@timeinc.com. For more information about the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, visit www.gonzaga.edu/entrepreneur.


 
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