Nano biz plan contest names judges

Aug. 24, 2005 — Organizers of the second annual International and North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea Competitions announced the names of judges who have thus far agreed to preside over the event.

The panel includes representatives of venture capital firms, corporations and nanotechnology researchers.

The venture capitalists on the panel are Jonathan Murray of Early Stage Partners, James Bildner of New Horizons Partners and Ted Schroeder of the KAL Equity Capital Fund.

Alan Olson, director of technology for Ferro Corp., and Scott Rickert, chief executive of Nanofilm, are representing the corporate community. Don Blewett of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue University and Zachary Shulman of The Johnson School at Cornell University represent the research community.

The International and North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea Competitions are the culminating event of NANO Week, October 17-21, which this year is intended to focus attention on the next generation of nanotechnology-based products and applications from the aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, although entrants who submit a letter of intent to enter the competition before September 1 will have their entry fee reduced to $50. More information is available at


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