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UW Students Invited to Annual Entrepreneur Conference

MARCH 17, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls' College of Business and Economics is hosting the first annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference April 29-30, which will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit in students.

Established by a grant from the Excel Energy Foundation, the conference will give industrious students and budding entrepreneurs the chance to submit business plans to a competition.

All students in the University of Wisconsin System, including UW Colleges, are invited to take part in the two-day conference.

To compete, students must submit a business plan, whether as an individual or a team, to be judged during the conference. Schools may have more than one entry. Awards will be given out for the best poster, best written business plan, best business plan presentation and best overall business plan. The best overall business plan winner will receive the traveling Lydecker Award, sponsored by the St. Croix and Pierce county economic development corporations.

Students interested in the competition must complete a registration form by March 30 to be eligible. Registration forms are available online at and will be accepted by e-mail or mail.

All majors and disciplines are invited to submit their ideas and attend. Students not interested in presenting at the conference, but who want to attend, are encouraged to fill out a registration form and experience the conference.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together UW students, faculty, entrepreneurs and business people. The conference gives students the opportunity to find out what goes into a successful business plan, to share ideas with leading business executives and entrepreneurs, to network with business-minded individuals from all over Wisconsin and to represent their UW institution.

In addition to the business plan competition, entrepreneurs will lead workshops and offer tips, strategies and answer questions.

For more information visit the Web site or contact assistant Professor Jude Rathburn at 715/425-3335 or


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