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USC Marshall to Award $50,000 for Business Plan, Tech Commercialization
Greif Center, CTC Competition to Help Launch Great Ideas
October 29, 2007 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- Students, researchers and faculty can compete for $50,000 in prize money in two contests for best business plan and best plan for technology commercialization, two centers at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business announced.

"This is a great opportunity for members of the Trojan Family with innovative ideas to earn seed capital to launch their businesses," said Kathleen Allen, director of the Center for Technology Commercialization, part of the award-winning Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Allen’s CTC and the Greif Center, both part of USC Marshall, are competition sponsors. The competition was announced as part of ceremonies this week celebrating Dr. Sidney Harman, chairman of Harman International Industries, as the Greif Center’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

It is the fourth year the two centers have offered prize money of $25,000 for the best business plan by a USC-related group or individual.

This year, though, the centers have added a second category for Best Commercialization Plan for technology developed at USC. Winner of that contest will receive $25,000 and six months of free rent in the Business Technology Center incubator.

Plans must be submitted by March 28, 2008. A panel of experts will judge each contest.

For potential entrants who’ve never created a business plan before, the two centers will offer a seminar series on doing so. Orientation meetings for the series will be held at 5 pm, Nov. 13 and 5 pm, Jan. 16. Both sessions will be held in the Greif Center offices at Room 1 of Bridge Hall on USC’s University Park campus. More information can be found at

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