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May 14 2009

Business plans, innovation and entrepreneurship

by John Gordon | 13:05 GMT

This year, The Wharton School (perennial competitor to my alma maters, Columbia Business School and London Business School) has again generated some interesting ideas in its annual Business Plan Competition: Article

This year, hi-tech ideas have yielded ground compared to

This year’s competition had 168 entries, showing the huge involvement of the student body of the University of Pennsylvania even in these tough economic times. As the article says:

This year, with the economy in disarray, business plans from the “Great Eight” finalists played the field, with products ranging from a new training machine for crew teams to artificial eyes that dilate to a noninvasive way of measuring blood sugar levels.

Venture funding is drying up quickly, and what is out there is so expensive as to attact only the most desperate. In spite of this, these contestants gave it their all to compete for the $70,000 in funding.

What does all this mean? If you are considering starting a business, it’s still not a bad time to start, but be careful of where your funding is coming from! Plan carefully and think through what you want to do and how you will earn more than your cost of doing business. Master these critical matters and your business will do well in bad times or good times.



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