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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management
520.626.9547
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Creating, Expanding, Competing For A Better World: The Rodel Foundation Arizona Venture And Social Entrepreneurship Competition

March 20, 2002

The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Adminsitration is proud to announce the Rodel Foundation Arizona Venture and Social Entrepreneurship Competition, hosted by the Karl Eller Center, on Friday, March 22nd in McClelland Hall 208-A (1130 E. Helen St.) starting at 1:30 p.m.

This first-of-its-kind event brings together this era's key economic philosophies--all under the Rodel Foundation title for a day dedicated to celebrating innovation, growth, entrepreneurship awareness and promotion, and socially-responsible business planning across Arizona. Students, faculty, business leaders, and other guests from all around the state will gather as the most exciting young entrepreneurs from Arizona's business schools compete for prizes. The event builds on a new tradition of entrepreneurship education awareness and promotion established through the Arizona Venture Competition, inaugurated in March 2000 at The University of Arizona.

A total of 14 teams (five undergraduate and nine graduate) will compete for top honors in six separate divisions: Best Business Plan, Graduate Division; Best Business Plan, Undergraduate Division; Best Socially Aware Plan, Graduate Division; Best Socially Aware Plan, Undergraduate Division; Ridgetop Award In Technology Transfer, Graduate Division; and, Ridgetop Award In Technology Transfer, Undergraduate Division.

Arizona State University and Thunderbird Graduate School will join University of Arizona students to face off for the best graduate business plan title. Planideas include a national restaurant chain, a high-end skin care facility, to web-based software for procurement professionals, a line of gourmet Italian sauces, and a doggie day care center.

The event is co-sponsored by the Karl Eller Center and the Rodel Foundation.

It is the intent of Rodel to foster a new kind of consciousness within emerging young leaders. It is our hope that these leaders of the future will bring to bear the skills and acumen of the business world in combination with the passion and the commitment needed to transform social concerns. These young people will be the new leaders in community activism from the nonprofit board to the state legislature.

The Karl Eller Center's award winning Berger Entrepreneurship Program continually sets the standard for other programs nationwide, remaining in the forefront of innovation. Our comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum provides a stand alone major for undergraduate seniors, an area of concentration for MBA's, a certificate program for Associates in Technology Transfer students from technical-based colleges such as engineering, science, medicine, and agriculture, and a certificate program for Associates in Borderlands Business Development for students from Mexican-American and Native American Studies.

The center's support of quality faculty and research through named professorships and faculty programs college wide helps to blend the goals of promoting education and research, as does the development of cross college collaborations through the highly successful associates programs. The Center's outreach programs are extensive, including the annual Arizona Venture Forum for Small Business, the Fathauer Lecture in Political Economy, the JAI Press series: Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth, and the annual statewide business plans competition, the Arizona Venture Competition.

The Karl Eller Center's mission is to design and host programs spanning all aspects of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
520.626.9547, news@eller.arizona.edu

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