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JFK University's Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership Announces Bay Area Wide Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition

November 14, 2012

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) announced today a business plan competition celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship.

The competition is open to individuals starting businesses or who have businesses less than 18 months old, including students in Bay Area universities or colleges and individuals hosted by a Bay Area incubator or business accelerator. The competition will be judged by representatives of a broad cross section of Bay Area academics and practicing entrepreneurs and angel investors.

Individuals interested in participating must submit an application, including a brief business plan, to the IEL by February 11, 2013. The applications will be judged by experienced entrepreneurs representing a broad base of business experience, investors and academic affiliations. Application requirements will be listed at

Semi-finalists will be announced on March 13 and be invited to present their business plans to the competition judges on April 9. The top three finalists will then make presentations on May 17, 2013, in conjunction with the IEL’s Annual Entrepreneur of the Year event. Finalists will be ranked by the vote of the audience at the May 17 event.

Prizes to be awarded to semi-finalists and finalists include cash, entrepreneurial support services, and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs.

Individuals who would like more information about the competition or who would like an application packet should email or call (925) 671-3166.

The IEL is a leading center of entrepreneurship in the East Bay aiming to provide educational opportunities and mentoring to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the area. From its Business Accelerator in Concord, the Institute offers an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship through which participants can earn12 units of undergraduate credit as well as receive valuable business instruction and mentoring. The Business Accelerator also houses the IEL’s Resident Entrepreneur Program that provides private office space and mentoring services at low cost to start-up businesses. In addition, through the University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies, the IEL offers courses in the MBA’s specialization in entrepreneurial leadership.

The Institute is a division of JFK University, an affiliate of the National University System.


About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs.

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. The affiliates of the System are National University; John F. Kennedy University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs, which includes National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, the Center for Integrative Health, the Center for Performance Psychology, and National University Golf Academy. For more information, visit: