Andy Tabar, an Entrepreneurship student, presented a business plan for his web development company—Bizooki—to a panel of some of the best and most experienced new venture investors in the U.S.A. on Fri., March 14. Tabar’s plan was selected as one of 10 top collegiate entrepreneurial ventures invited to the Fifth Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) National Collegiate Venture Forum held in Santa Barbara, California.
Over a two day period, these experts in the SEED forum provide feedback on various venture aspects, including the assessment of feasibility, long-term sustainability, and identification of potential funding opportunities. In addition, participants garner a rare opportunity for budding ventures to network as they seek early stage funding. Upon completing the intensive two-day experience, Tabar noted, “The timing was right for the development of my venture. The feedback from Silicon Valley investors and fellow venture presenters and the relationships established have already had a positive impact on my thinking and venturing efforts. I plan to stay connected to SEED and its outstanding network of investors.”
Dr. Mark Schenkel, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Belmont University added, “Andy earned an amazing opportunity to present his venture at this year’s SEED forum. It is a reflection of Andy’s talent, personal drive and prospects for his venture. He was presenting among an elite group whose founding venture teams included individuals with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and MBA) from some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. We are extremely proud of Andy’s accomplishments in the two and one half short years since he joined our Entrepreneurship Program.”
CNN has will be hosting Dr. David Newton, founder of the SEED forum, on April 14 to discuss the ventures presented at this year’s SEED competition.