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IMA Special Workshop
Fostering Mathematical Entrepreneurship – Creating New Businesses for Impact and Wealth
August 1-3, 2012

John DexheimerLightWave Advisors
Fadil SantosaUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Richard SowersUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The goal of the 2-day workshop is to guide graduate students in the mathematical sciences on how to start a business. There will be presentations by company founders, venture capitalists, and angel investors. This is a hands-on workshop in which students will work in teams. After being given guidelines of what is business plan, each team, working with a mentor venture capitalist, will create one based on a technology or an idea provided by the organizers. The team will make a “pitch” in front of a panel of “investors” who will critique the presentation. The panel will select the most promising business plan for recognition and further discussion.

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