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Business Plan Competition announces semifinalists

February 23, 2011

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association has announced the semifinalists for the 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition. The competition, which takes place on Friday, April 8, at the Freeman School, will award up to $70,000 in cash to the most promising new venture.

This year’s competition attracted 76 entries from 50 universities in five countries, including China, Thailand and Spain, and the 20 ventures selected to move on to the second round run the gamut from biotechnology to finance to alternative energy.

“Yet again, we have been extremely impressed by both the quantity...

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Business world gets smaller during international seminar

February 17, 2011

From human rights violations in China to political oppression in the Middle East to arrogance and decadence in the U.S., international news media broadcast negative images of cultures around the world on a daily basis, but according to a group of Freeman School executive MBA students, those stereotypes have little to do with reality.

Executive MBA students from New Orleans, Houston, Chile, China, Greece and the United Arab Emirates came together as one class for this year's International Intensive Week Seminar.

“When you get into a class like this, with people from similar...

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Freeman Days invades National WWII Museum

February 14, 2011

On Thursday night (Feb. 10), the Freeman School hosted its annual Freeman Days Networking Reception at the National World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. The business school’s biggest annual career event, Freeman Days brings together students, alumni and corporate recruiters for an evening of professional networking followed by a day of company presentations and information sessions on campus at the business school.

This year’s events attracted 395 students, 150 alumni and 100 recruiters and company representatives, making it the biggest Freeman Days New Orleans in history. To...

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Burkenroad Symposium to explore turning crisis into opportunity

February 07, 2011

From the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the subprime mortgage debacle to the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, recent history is filled with examples of crises that pose daunting, multileveled challenges to the organizations involved, but those trying events can also present unique opportunities.

The 18th annual Burkenroad Symposium will explore organizational crisis and how businesses can turn adversity into competitive advantage.

For the 18th annual Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, “Honor in the Face of Fire: Turning Crisis into Opportunity,” a distinguished...

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New fund hopes to jumpstart high-potential ventures

February 02, 2011

New Orleans experienced an unprecedented influx of entrepreneurial talent and energy in the wake of Katrina, but activities like meet ups and networking can take those entrepreneurs only so far. At some point new ventures need capital, and that’s just what Freeman School professors John Elstrott and Ralph Maurer hope to provide them with.

Freeman School professors Ralph Maurer, left, and John Elstrott are part of the management team for the New Orleans Startup Fund, a new nonprofit venture capital fund that targets high-potential early-stage ventures.

Elstrott, clinical professor...

Times-Picayune: Tulane will launch master's in energy management program

January 31, 2011

From The Times-Picayune, Jan. 30, 2011:

Taking advantage of its presence among major energy players along the Gulf Coast, Tulane University plans to start offering a master’s degree in energy management this summer, an 11-month program focusing on the business side of the industry in an effort to better prepare students to work in fields like energy finance, risk management and trading.

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Freeman launches new master’s program in energy

January 19, 2011

This summer, the A. B. Freeman School of Business will launch a unique new master’s degree program focused on the advanced skills demanded by recruiters for positions in energy finance, risk management and trading.

The Master of Management in Energy (MNRG) is an intensive one-year program focused exclusively on the business of energy. Launching in July 2011, this timely and differentiated program is targeted at new or recent college graduates who wish to extend their knowledge and skills for jobs in energy finance, sell-side and buy-side analysis, risk management, consulting, and...

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Times-Picayune: Porsche's latest project has a Louisiana flavor

December 12, 2010

From The Times-Picayune, Dec. 12, 2010:

But John Howard, associate dean of graduate programs at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, said he thinks Porsche selected the name to represent what the rest of the world thinks of as Cajun -- fun-loving people who enjoy food, music and friends.

“I think the ‘Cajun’ is just an indication it’s going to be a fun vehicle,” Howard said. “It's going to be light-hearted and so forth.”

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DiversityMBA honors three students with leadership award

December 07, 2010

Three Freeman School students have been chosen as 2010 recipients of DiversityMBA Magazine’s Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award. The award recognizes minority and multicultural graduate students—including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, foreign nationals and women—who have exhibited exemplary leadership in the community or the institution.

Patricio Campuzano

Patricio Campuzano (MBA ’11), a native of Quito, Ecuador,  is president of Net Impact at Tulane, which works to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more...

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Tulane Business Plan Competition seeks conscious capitalists

December 06, 2010

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association kicks its 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition up a notch with a new competition and a $50,000 top prize for the company with the best sustainable business model rooted in the ideals of conscious capitalism.

Sunil Bhardwaj and Sameer Hajee won the grand prize of $50,000 in last year's Tulane Business Plan Competition with their plan for Nuru Light, a conscious capitalism venture that distributes affordable rechargeable lights in Africa.

“Conscious Capitalism incorporates the principles of social entrepreneurship which are based on the...

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Green jobs training program wins top honors at PitchNOLA

November 22, 2010

Disposing of used cooking oil is an unpleasant cost of doing business for most restaurants, but one local group is turning that task into green—green fuel, green jobs and green cash.

Hamilton Simons-Jones, left, of the Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project, shakes hands with Joel Tilton of New Orleans Panthers FC as master of ceremonies Chris Reade, center, looks on. Simons-Jones won first place and Tilton won the audience favorite prize at this year's PitchNOLA competition. (Photo by Erica Stavis)

The Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project, which trains inner-city youths to...

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Freeman jumps in latest Bloomberg Businessweek ranking

November 15, 2010

In its latest biennial ranking of full-time MBA programs, Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business 35th in the U.S. The ranking, which appears in the magazine’s Nov. 15 issue, represents a jump of at least 10 spots for the Freeman School.

“While we still have much work to do, this significant improvement together with our strong showing in the most recent Financial Times ranking suggests that our efforts of the last several years are starting to yield results,” said Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. “It is particularly...