May 06, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Entrepreneur Association present the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference, where students, investors and key industry innovators come together to share valuable insight on current topics in entrepreneurship, including emerging market trends, best practices for positioning start-ups to investors, and capitalizing on opportunities presented in an economic downturn. Now in its 25th year, the Entrepreneurs Conference is UCLA Anderson's largest student-organized event and will be held this year on May 7th at UCLA.

"Successful entrepreneurs are both creative, and tenacious in believing in their ideas and in the road to triumph," said Judy Olian, dean of Anderson School of Management. "The entrepreneurs featured at this conference have beaten the odds, and will inspire our students to follow their own entrepreneurial passions."

A highlight of the day's agenda is the Fast Pitch Competition, which provides 12 aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less to a panel of distinguished investment professionals. The pitches will be judged for their quality and investment potential, and the winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and Jason Fried, co-founder and president of 37signals and best-selling co-author of REWORK, will keynote the conference followed by industry-specific panels including food and beverage, brand development, digital media, fashion, new media, raising capital, microfinance, healthcare, green technology, mobile applications, real estate and sports marketing.

This year's EA conference is sponsored by Vistaprint and Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. For more information or to view the full schedule for this year's conference, please visit:

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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