KSU's Georgia Bowl attracts MBA students from U.S., Canada

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2011 Georgia Bowl attracts teams of MBA students from Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, University of…

Georgia (Jan 28, 2011)2011 Georgia Bowl attracts teams of MBA students from Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, University of Manitoba and other universities



KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 28, 2010) — Some of the U.S. and Canada’s best teams of MBA students who aspire to be entrepreneurs will face each other at the 2011 Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition hosted by Kennesaw State University Feb. 4-5.


The students’ ideas for new businesses include new technologies for identifying the severity of brain concussions and detecting explosives at airport security checkpoints, devices to collect umbilical cord blood, a system for connecting customers to their vehicle at repair centers, and products to streamline supply-chain processes.


“Kennesaw State’s Georgia Bowl attracts some of the top business ideas generated by graduate students,” said Charles Hofer, Regents Professor of Entrepreneurship at KSU’s Coles College of Business and Georgia Bowl founder. “In this tough economy, we are seeing a rise in the number of students launching their own businesses, and this competition highlights the best of these ideas.”




The Georgia Bowl is the state’s largest –– and one of the country’s oldest –– intercollegiate competition for entrepreneurs, featuring 10 teams. The 2011 Georgia Bowl winning team will go on to compete at Venture Labs, the “Super Bowl” of collegiate business plan competitions. The event is open to the public and the media.



Aspiring entrepreneurs attending MBA programs at seven universities from the United States and Canada, including Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida and the University of Manitoba, will be judged by panels of Georgia consultants, venture capitalists, inventors, start-up founders and business executives. The competing teams have already won new-venture business plan competitions at their schools. Teams will be presenting ideas on innovative IT, biotech and green ventures.



Friday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (finals)



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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu