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Meet the Judges!

At the end of the semester in Creative Entrepreneurship, students present their final business plans to a group of entrepreneurs for important real-world feedback.

This semester, we are pleased to invite the following judges to campus:

Detailed information about our wonderful judges after the jump! We appreciate their time and advice!

-Dr. Evans



April 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Tweetdeck: An Amazing Resource

This past Thursday I met an entrepreneur and foodie named David Benjamin. He is a member of a group called The Hungry Dudes that travels to different restaurants, and helps these restaurants develop good press through social networking. Mr. Benjamin also the founder and Social Media Director for Salex Basix eLearning. We discussed my business project in full detail and he gave me many helpful tips and hints to help my business thrive by using social media. Mr. Benjamin first told me to download on my computer a software called Tweetdeck. He explained to me that with Tweetdeck, you can organize your tweets based on categories or people. You can also have search engines running at all times with whatever you might be interested in reading tweets about.

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As soon as I downloaded Tweetdeck and began organizing the people I follow, life became much more simple. It was so convenient to be able to look under one specific column to read about certain topics, rather than be bombarded with various tweets about everything under the sun. I was also able to create a running search for food and recipes and by doing this, have already discovered some people I am interested in learning more about. From a business perspective, this tool would be extremely vital at keeping an eye on your competition. If a sushi restaurant, for instance, was interested in learning about what people thought of their competition, they could have a running search for that competition and when anyone on Twitter talks about them, the sushi restaurant could read it. You can find out new places to go by having a running search in a certain city as well as many other things. Tweetdeck allows you to be extremely creative, and search outside what you normally might be looking for. This is a tool that is useful whether running your own business, or if you just have a lot of friends. Organizing your Twitter will be the most beneficial thing you can do with you time.


April 26, 2011 at 11:43 am 1 comment

Guestpreneur: Pavan Muzumdar

Pavan Muzumdar, CFA will be speaking with our class on February 22.
Pavan Muzumdar is the managing director of Pieris Capital, LLC, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lawrence Technological University, where he fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in LTU students and faculty alike. He is also the CEO of MV Software Company.
In 2008, Pavan established Pieris Capital, LLC, a private equity advisory firm that bridges the gap between management consulting and investment banking. Managed with a global outlook, it focuses on wealth preservation and growth using innovative approaches in investment management.
In his nearly 13 years of experience as a CEO of MV Software Company and COO of Detroit Hitch Company and JRE Tires, he has directed operations in IT and wholesale/retail distribution and handled other matters including business development, capital raising, divestitures, litigation, and turnarounds.
Pavan was Associate Director with Cambridge Technology Partners, where he served as a senior consultant to Fortune 500 clients in the IT services, securities back-office processing,telecommunications, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
He is currently active as either a founding member or financial advisor to startups in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing technology, and social media realms.
He coaches award-winning companies in the GLEQ Business Plan competition and is a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Great Lakes, the local chapter of a global community of technology entrepreneurs.
Pavan holds master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bombay.
He is a member of the CFA Institute and a CFA charter holder.

February 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Guestrepreneur: Danielle Brycz

Today’s Guestrepreneur (Guest Entrepreneur — catchy, right? đŸ™‚ is Danielle Brycz, co-owner of Verde Lifestyles. Verde Lifestyles sells eco-friendly home decor, including furniture, rugs and organic linens.  Danielle and her co-founder Ryan Forrest started Verde Lifestyles in 2009 with the goal of positively impacting the environment by providing an online resource for people to incorporate eco-friendly living into their daily lives.


Danielle also serves as Communications Specialist at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She will be able to speak about running a business while also excelling at a job working for someone else.

You can view her LinkedIn profile here. We look forward to welcoming Danielle and hearing about her entrepreneurial journey!


-Dr. Evans

February 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

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