Update from the
Gary S. Holmes Center of Entrepreneurship

October 2009
HCE Logo Greetings!

The mission of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship is to inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.  We encourage you to get involved and join the 250+ members of the Twin Cities' entrepreneurial business community involved in our classes, clubs and outreach programs.
JEM Robert StephensHolmes Center Welcomes Minneapolis High School Students
for 3-Week Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

This June, the University of Minnesota launched a new summer program designed to introduce the basics of entrepreneurship to Minneapolis high school students. Throughout this three-week camp at the Carlson School, 21 Minneapolis high school students engaged in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.  Robert Stephens (above) and other entrepreneurs teamed with Carlson faculty to lead the sessions.  Read more.
MN Cup Logo Alvenda Wins, ManCave Impresses
Software startup Alvenda took overall honors at the 5th annual Minnesota Cup competition, but student winner ManCave won over the audience at the final awards reception on September 10th.  Senior Nick Beste's new concept for the first-ever in-home parties targeting men has drawn widespread publicity and strong initial progress.

Read Complete results and press coverage of student winner ManCave.
U-FEST Entrepreneurship Club Hosts U-FEST

Undergraduate entrepreneurship students organized a "state-fair-like" experience on Coffman plaza to welcome back students and generate more than $20,000 in sponsorships that will fund club activities for the entire year.  Started by Carlson School entrepreneurship students Kevin Carlow and Nick Beste in 2008, U-FEST was organized and staffed entirely by members of the Entrepreneurship Club.  The largest student organization at the Carlson School, the Entrepreneurship Club welcomes lively discussion from Minnesota's leading entrepreneurs twice each week throughout the school year.
Ronning - MN Cup Ronning Named 2009 Entrepreneur of Year

Joel Ronning received the University of Minnesota's Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Minnesota Cup final awards reception.  Ronning accepted the award "on behalf of the associates at Digital River. I want to thank our associates, who are among the best and brightest people that I have worked with and some of our state's finest entrepreneurs." 
                                                                                              Full press release.
Corson OAA Corson Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Judy Corson ('65 BA) was honored at a reception at the Carlson School on September 2nd, in advance of receiving the University of Minnesota's highest alumni honor.  President Bruininks noted Judy's servant leadership qualities and years of dedicated service to the University and the Twin Cities community.  Corson currently serves as chair of the advisory board for the Holmes Center and co-founded Custom Research Inc. in 1974.  Judy received the award on September 24th along with fellow alumns Bruce Richard and Chuck Osborne at the  Carlson School Honors Dinner.
Mallin Mallin to Speak at Carlson School Conference

Serial entrepreneur Dan Mallin ('95 CEMBA) will keynote this year's Carlson School Conference and Reunion on October 9th, speaking on "Leveraging the Digital Revolution in Our New Economy".  For nearly 20 years, Dan has established a track record of creating, growing and transforming businesses through his roles at both large and small businesses, including those in technology services, sales, marketing and business development.  Presently, Mallin is Managing Director of Magnet360, where he provides strategy and advisory services to a range of entrepreneurial and growth companies.  He also provides leadership for the Minnesota Cup as a way to give back to the community and in October will receive the University of Minnesota's Alumni Service Award for his contributions to the University and the community. 
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In This Issue
High School Bootcamp
MN Cup
Feature Headline
Corson Receives OAA
Mallin to Speak

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Fast Facts 2009

4th Largest Major
10 MBA Courses
9 Undergraduate Courses
1,331 Enrollment
26 Interns
31 Mentors
18 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
13 Businesses Formed
95 Student Entrepreneurs Advised
13 Articles Published
29 Papers Presented
5 Research Awards
2008, 2009 Honorable Mention in Princeton Review Rankings

Holmes Center Advisory Board

Robert Buuck
Judy Corson
Gary Holmes
Tim Kraskey
Joy Lindsay
Dan Mallin
Dileep Rao
Prof. Harry Sapienza
Prof. Myles Shaver
Lloyd Sigel
John Stavig
Roy Wetterstrom
Prof. Shaker Zahra

Thank You
Holmes Center Benefactors

Floyd  Adelman
Anonymous Alumnus
Tom  Auth
Jesse Bergland
Norman Bjornnes
Robert Buuck
Buuck Foundation
Judy Corson
Deluxe Corp. Foundation
Tim & Val Doherty
John Fesler
David  Frauenshuh
Harold  Goldfine
Heath Foundation
Merle Hilliard
Gary Holmes
Pat  Hopf
Hubbard Foundation
Ann & Robert Jackson
Eugene Karpas
Steve  Klick
Tim  Kraskey
Joy Lindsay
Gerald  Magnuson
Chris Mayr
Spence Morley
Gary Rappaport
Richard Foundation
Harold  Roitenberg
Mike  Sill
Robert Simon
State Farm Insurance
John Stavig
Roy Wetterstrom
Upcoming Entrepreneurship Events @ Carlson

Carlson School Reunion Luncheon: Dan Mallin, Keynote Speaker - October 9th @ 11:45
Carlson School Conference: Dileep Rao & Lori Abrams - October 9th @ 1:45 PM
Business Hatchery Open House - October 9th @ 3:00 PM
Minnesota Entrepreneurs: "Sales Channel Development & Execution" - October 13th @ 5:30 PM
Ronald Heifetz: "Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis" - October 19th @ 12:00
Abdo Dinner Conversation Series: Succeeding as a Female Entrepreneur - October 21st @ 6 PM
Entrepreneurship Club with Mark Cuban @ Timberwolves - November 13 @ 5:30 PM
3M Seminar on Technology Commercialization - November 14 @ 8 AM

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John Stavig
Professional Director