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Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship: Business Plan Competition

Join us for the 

Business Plan Competition Award Presentations and Luncheon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015​

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 8:00AM until 11:00AM. Following the presentations an awards luncheon will be held where the awards for best business plans will be presented.

Keynote Speaker

Steve Swoboda

Steve Swoboda, SpotXchange

Steve Swoboda is the co-founder and COO of SpotXchange, an online video advertising marketplace. From startup in 2007 as the first online video advertising marketplace, SpotXchange has grown to become the largest global marketplace of video ad inventory, processing over four billion video ad decisions daily and delivering ads to 600+ million people in 190+ countries per month. Steve previously co-founded Booyah Online Advertising and held senior management positions at two startup companies, Ereo, Inc. and ProSavvy, Inc. He has also served as chief financial officer of iBelay LLC, a venture capital firm investing in seed stage companies, and was director of corporate development for the public company MessageMedia, Inc. Steve and SpotXchange co-founder Mike Shehan are 2013 recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and SpotXchange is a Colorado Company to Watch.​


2015 emcee

Ana Cabrara

Ana Cabrara, CNN

Ana Cabrera is a correspondent for CNN based in Denver, Colorado. Since joining CNN in 2013 Cabrera has reported on the Arapahoe High School shooting as well as Colorado's historic legalization of marijuana for recreational use.  

Prior to joining CNN, Cabrera was an anchor for the top-ranked daily morning news program at KMGH-TV 7 News, the ABC affiliate in Denver. She earned an Emmy Award for her in-the-field anchoring as a part of the 7 News morning team. She and the 7 News morning team were also honored with the Associated Press TV and Radio Association's Annual Mark Twain Award for Best Morning Show Broadcast in 2013. 

Cabrera currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mi Casa Resource Center and she served on the board of the American Cancer Society. She also speaks at local schools with students who are interested in a broadcasting career.


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Reservation Note

Your contribution less Fair Market Value of the luncheon (estimated at $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 Jake Jabs Center programs and future events.

Cancellation Policy  

Notice of seven days is required for a refund, minus a $15.00 processing fee. Cancellations 7 days prior and up to the event will be recorded as a 100% donation. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute in your place. Please be sure the substitute has a copy of this confirmation, signed by you (the original registrant), authorizing the substitution.


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