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2013.03.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Third Annual Maverick Business Plan Competition to be Held April 17, Deadline for Submissions April 7

Omaha - The next big thing could already be right here in Omaha.

On Wednesday, April 17, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA); UNO Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising (CIEF); and SAC Federal Credit Union are hosting the Third Annual Maverick Business Plan competition.

The Maverick Business Plan competition places proposals for potential business and not-for-profit organizations against each other in order to see which idea is the most likely to succeed. Proposals are expected to outline the idea, the market, the competition and competitive advantages, as well as a general understanding of how the firm will operate and generate a profit.

The competition will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Mammel Hall on UNO’s Pacific Campus, with Jeff Beals, the award-winning author of “Selling Saturdays: Blue Chip Sales Tips from College Football,” as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Maverick Business Plan competition is open to all doctoral, post-doctoral, graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in classes at UNO, the Peter Kiewit Institute or University of Nebraska Medical Center. Faculty or alumni can participate by partnering with a competing student.

The competition is designed to promote innovation and new venture creation, providing a unique opportunity for students to put principles into practice.

Those wishing to compete must submit their proposals by Sunday, April 7 to Dale Eesley, director of UNO CIEF and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNO, by email at deesley@unomaha.edu.

From the submissions, a number of finalists will be named who will then present their plans before judges from SAC Federal Credit Union. The plans will be judged on a number of criteria including technical feasibility, market potential and social impact with grand prizes of $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place being awarded.

Registration for the event will take place the day of, on April 17, from 5 to 6 p.m., with presentations taking place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For additional information for the event, contact Dale Eesley, at 402. 554.2706 or by email (deesley@unomaha.edu), or Cynthia Buettner, senior vice president for IT, Marketing and Sales at Sac Federal Credit Union, at 402.514.4940 or by email at cbuettner@sacfcu.com. For media requests, contact Charley Reed at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

The Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising (CIEF) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Center supports entrepreneurial education and collaborative innovative hands-on learning experiences, faculty research, conferences, and mentorship. CIEF also provides advisory services to start-ups and small business entities throughout the region.

SAC Federal Credit Union (www.sacfcu.com) offers a full line of personal and business financial products and is locally owned by its members and recognized for its community involvement. It is community chartered and membership is opened to anyone who resides in or does business in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills Counties in Iowa. Motivated by member service rather than profit, the credit union’s focus is on providing safety, soundness and convenience to its membership.

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