MEDIA ADVISORY: Colorado State University Entrepreneurs Take Manhattan on March 20

No matter what your interest in startup companies – if you want to launch one, work at one, invest in one or purchase technology created by one – Colorado State University wants to talk to you.

A network of CSU College of Business alumni in the New York area dedicated to helping CSU grads and each other make the connections that make the difference is hosting an evening of entrepreneurship that will feature the announcement of the judges for the richest business pitch competition in the nation.

The CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship is partnering with Blue Ocean Enterprises to present the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge, with a grand prize of $250,000 and a year’s business mentorship. Sixteen established startups and 16 student companies are already preparing for the final contests in Fort Collins in May.

The College of Business Roundtable–NYC chapter and the CSU Alumni Association are hosting this event, which will provide attendees with something to take away for their business, career or portfolio.

WHAT: CSU Innovation: Turning Ideas into Business panel and networking reception; heavy appetizers and cash bar

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St., New York, NY

WHO: Panel discussion moderated by Greg Osberg (CSU ’79), CEO and founder of Revlyst, a revenue catalyst firm dedicated to connecting early stage digital startups with the media industry, former publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Media network and former president and worldwide publisher of Newsweek. Participants include Kevin Tice (’84), CFO of Apex Ski Boot System and longtime investment banker on Wall Street; Charisse Bowen, director of the CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship; and Steve Albers and Scott Fulbright, CSU Ph.D. candidates in microbiology who have founded Living Ink, a company competing on the Collegiate Track of the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge.

Also in attendance will be Vickie Bajtelsmit, professor of finance and real estate; Frank Smith, associate lecturer of finance and real estate and advisor to the Summit Fund, CSU’s student investment fund, and some of the current students who have helped the Fund beat the S&P for the last decade. (Eric Hanno, vice president at Partners Group AG in New York and member of the Institute of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, was an analyst for the Summit Fund before joining Goldman Sachs after earning his bachelor’s at CSU in 2003).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mary Zenzen, Associate Director of Development, (970) 310-8751,, or Kate Jeracki, Communications Coordinator, (970) 491-2658 or 970-3678 (cell),