Judges Announced for Semifinals of Eighth Annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

Six judges have been announced for the semifinals of the eighth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado. The Entrepreneurial Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to obtain exposure and compete for $50,000 in prize money to help bring their innovative business ideas to fruition.

The judges will review 11 business concepts and provide helpful business suggestions in addition to rating each presentation. The semifinal round of competition will be on Jan. 21 at the UNC University Center.

"This year's judges are distinguished and established business leaders in Colorado, all of whom have a great deal of experience in managing new business ventures." said David Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The six judges are: Bruce Biggi, senior vice president of business development, Northern Colorado Economic Alliance; Karol Jones, chief financial officer, Colorado Lending Source; Michael O'Donnell, executive director, Colorado Lending Source; Jon Rarick, owner, Trans World Supplies Inc.; Mike Shoop, president, Professional Finance Company Inc.; and Michael Trotter, president, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC.

Following the semifinals, five finalists will be chosen to compete for a total of $50,000 in prize money and the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" format at the UNC University Center on April 28.

For more information about the competition, visit www.mcb-echallenge.com.

About the Monfort College of Business

The Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado is recognized for delivering excellence in business education. The college has been accredited by AACSB International for 20 years—the "gold standard" for accreditation. The College is one of

an elite few worldwide that are accredited in both business administration and accounting. Over 10 successive years MCB's graduating seniors have scored in the top 15 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams. It is the first and only business program to receive the Malcolm

Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States (2004). For more information, visit MCB's website at mcb.unco.edu.

About UNC

UNC is a doctoral research university with premier programs in education, health sciences, business and the performing arts. Founded in 1889 as the state teachers' college, UNC has always worked to promote human understanding and enrich lives. With approximately 12,000 students enrolled, UNC focuses on five areas of engaged learning: research and creative work, civic engagement, global experiences, leadership and professional experience.