Date and Time
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Finalists Present to Panel Judges
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
The Four Seasons Hotel, Denver Downtown
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Joseph A. "Bud" Ahearn
Joseph A. Bud Ahearn is a recently retired executive of CH2M HILL, where he was an executive leader in the engineering business. Prior to joining CH2M Hill, Mr. Ahearn had a distinguished military career spanning three decades, achieving the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Dedicated to advancing engineering education and providing sustainable services in developing countries, he is a founding sponsor and governing board director of Engineers Without Borders U.S.A. Being a resident of the Denver region since 1997, he has focused on educating the next generation of Colorado's leaders and is actively engaged as a lecturer, advisory, and Board member for various colleges at Colorado's finest universities. In 2011 he joined, as a founding partner, the J3Leadership Group, a leadership development and performance consulting firm.
The Business Plan Competition is designed for early stage Colorado companies that have received no Angel or Venture funding and that have generated little or no revenue to date. The primary purpose of the competition is to provide these early stage ventures with an opportunity to test their ideas and receive meaningful feedback on their business plans. The finalists will present their plans in front of a panel of judges and audience of business leaders and fellow entrepreneurs from 8:30 until noon.
Following the presentations an awards ceremony will be held where the awards for best business plans will be presented.
Attendance at the business plan presentations is free; however, there is a fee for the luncheon.
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$50/person) may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. The
University of Colorado is a 501(c)3 organization: Tax ID#84-6000555.
Net proceeds benefit Bard Center programs and future events.
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