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Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan finalists take to the stage for final presentations

By ThisIsReno

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The finalists for the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition will take to the stage for its final presentations with the hopes of winning this year’s competition. The presentations will take place on Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on the second floor in the new conference center and is free and open to the public. Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) will announce the winners for the seventh annual competition at the Awards Dinner and Gala on Thursday, April 20 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup is the only state-wide collegiate business plan competition which encourages students from Nevada’s universities and colleges to consider entrepreneurship as a career option, and gives students real-world experience in developing business plans. During the competition, students will receive feedback and guidance from Nevada’s business community as they compete for cash prizes totaling nearly $100,000 dollars. Three winning graduate teams and three winning undergraduate teams will be awarded the $20,000 first prizes, $10,000 second prizes and $5,000 third prizes. A special Lt Governor’s Award of $5,000 will also be presented to the business plan that best employs clean, renewable or efficient energy technologies and services.

The 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition Awards Dinner and Gala will feature a live “elevator pitch” competition in which the student team captains will take part. The evening will also feature a keynote speech from Jamie Naughton of Zappos.com. Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki will return as the master of ceremonies.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dave Archer at [email protected] or (775) 315-7635. Tables of eight are also available for just $750. For table sales or other Governor’s Cup information, please visit www.NCETgovucp.org or contact Roxanne DeCarlo at [email protected] or (775) 853-4226 or (702) 944-9722

About The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

About Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

NCET is an independent award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps Nevadan start and grow new businesses by providing educational services and by connecting them to the resources they need to succeed. NCET is an independent award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by public contributions, sponsorships, program revenues and limited grants. NCET is not affiliated with the State of Nevada and receives no state funding. Please visit www.NCET.org for more information, or contact Dave Archer at [email protected] or (775) 315-7635.