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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UNM Business Plan Competition Winners

UNM's Business Plan Competition took place at the Anderson School of Management on April 11. The thirteen teams  in the university-wide competition presented their plans to experienced venture capitalists and angel investors who selected three prize-winning proposals for both the Technology Ventures track and Entrepreneurial track. The winning teams were announced at the Awards Reception and Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel. $75,000 in total prize funds were awarded to the aspiring entrepreneurs for start-up funding.

The winners were as follows:

Entrepreneurial 1st Place Winners: The StarWrap

Entrepreneurial Track - First Place: The StarWrap; Second Place: Crowdfund 4 Me Now; Third Place: Hydrotouch

Technology Ventures Track 1st Place Winners: Postgrad App

Technology Ventures Track - First Place: Postgrad App; Second Place: Ground State; Third Place: As Girls Grow

The competition encourages student teams from all UNM schools to utilize the wealth of technological innovations developed in New Mexico federal laboratories and universities. Technology Ventures teams utilize technology from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, from STC.UNM, or their own source with which to create a new business venture. Entrepreneurial teams create new small firms in business not involving intellectual property.

Next year's event will take place on March 27, 2015, and will be the tenth anniversary of the Business Plan Competition.

Anderson Team Wins BSG Global Competition

Clockwise from top left: Thompson, Ovis, Sanchez, Bedizkova
An Anderson team from David Cavazos’ MGMT 498 class consisting of Paige Thompson, Jennifer Sanchez, Michaela Bezdikova, and Cara Ovis recently won the Business Strategy Game global competition. The team beat undergraduate and graduate teams from schools such as The University of Miami, Colorado State, Villanova, and Indiana University.

The Business Strategy Game is a dynamic and complex simulation that puts student strategic management skills to the test. Students must apply financial analysis, accounting, marketing, human resource concepts and planning in a highly uncertain competitive environment.  In order to qualify for the global competition, teams must win their class competition.

“Paige, Jennifer, Michaela and Cara’s effort was outstanding. It is tough enough to win the class tournament – wining the global tournament is a true challenge and a testament to the teamwork, planning, and analytic skills of this group of students," said Professor Cavazos.

Congratulations to all!

Ashley Manley Wins ACFE Scholarship

Anderson School of Management student Ashley Kay Manley recently won the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In addition to a monetary award intended to defray the cost of tuition, books, and feed, Ashley was also awarded a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership.

The ACFE upholds the standard of professional excellence in the anti-fraud profession. The CFE credential is increasingly being designated as a preferred credential in the hiring practices of businesses, government entities and law enforcement agencies. Anderson accounting Professor Rich Brody, Ph.D., CFE, CPA, serves on the ACFE Board of Regents. 

Congratulations to Ashley!


Ground State Wins Pitch Fiesta

On April 2, 2014 Ground State won first place in the Pitch Fiesta hosted by Startup New Mexico.

Ground State is a big data company that aims to overcome the challenges of transforming information into value for customers. Anderson students Michelle Urban and Alexandria Haddad serve as Director of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer, respectively. Michelle will be graduating in May with an MBA/MoT concentration and Alexandria will finish her MBA in 2015 with a dual concentration in MIS and Marketing.

Their first product, Drive Pilot, captures driving metrics such as speed, rpm, GPS location, throttle position, and time, which users can access in real time in order to encourage safe driving behaviors for new drivers, assist small business with fleet management, and more.

Ground State also took the second-place prize in UNM’s Technology Business Plan Competition on April 11.

Katherine Jetter At Center For The Arts

The UNM College of Fine Arts – Arts Management Program and the Anderson School of Management will  host a presentation by jeweler and philanthropist Katherine Jetter on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, Room 1019.

Jetter earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree from University College London, and followed that with an analyst position at JP Morgan, London, in Private Banking. She attended the globally renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and became certified as a graduate gemologist and jewelry designer, going on to work with various international, high-end designer jewelers including De Beers.

In 2008 Jetter founded her own proprietary jewelry line and company, Katherine Jetter Ltd. Her collection was immediately picked up by Saks and Neiman Marcus after winning the 2009 Best New Designer Award by the prestigious Couture Jewelry Show panel.

Jetter's collections are featured in numerous retailers worldwide from Moscow to China, including a selection of Neiman Marcus stores and jewelers across the United States.

Sino-US e-Commerce Workshop

UNM Anderson School of Management will host the sixth annual Sino-US Advanced Workshop of Electronic Commerce on April 28-30, 2014.  The workshop, sponsored by UNM and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, is cross-disciplinary, covering areas from computer science to information systems and service science.

The theme of the workshop is Big Data in eCommerce and will highlight two highly topical and important phenomena: services and big data.  The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Zhangxi Lin from the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. 

The workshop will offer opportunities for government officials, local authorities, researchers and scholars, and industry people to exchange ideas and engine renovations. Dr. Xin (Robert) Luo, Professor of Information Assurance and Management Information Systems, is the workshop coordinator.

For more information, or to register, please visit here.

Anderson Tours Italy

New Mexico business students, alumni, faculty and staff toured Northern Italy during spring break, stopping to tour the Zeni Winery in Bardolino, Lago di Garda.  The tour is part of an annual visit to learn about business practices in Europe.  Anderson School of Management Professional Faculty member Linda Shul lead business students from the Anderson School and CNM, as well as Anderson alumni and UNM staff on a tour through the lakes region, into Switzerland,  and also to Verona, Venice and Florence.