Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Firms Dominate 2008 National University Startups Competition
Center Activities Fueling State of
Exponential Storage was honored in second place, and Goozex was awarded fifth place from more than 400 university startups and after several months of online presentations before 300 venture capital, angel investor and university judges. Exponential Storage provides network storage products that significantly reduce the cost for storing massive quantities of digital content. Goozex, Inc. is a peer-to-multi-peer video game trading company that was launched in 2006 by a Smith School alumni.
“I’m honored that not one, but two Dingman Center portfolio firms were selected as top prize winners. It really says a lot about the impact that the Dingman Center is having on the region as a network of support and connection to capital for early-stage companies,” said
Among the Dingman Center’s resources are its Capital Access Network (CAN), a pipeline that connects startups from regional tech councils, incubators and state-funded institutions with a network of more than 32 active, accredited angel investors and venture capitalists for early-stage capital. The Dingman Center also provides MBA and undergraduate students at the Smith School with practical experiences and opportunities to pitch their business ideas, obtain feedback from experienced entrepreneurs-in-residence, and access mentoring. The center has been a hub of entrepreneurial activity for alumni and regional startups for more than 20 years, specializing in growing companies from the first idea to the first million dollars in profits.
The Smith School is ranked among the best in the nation for its entrepreneurship offerings, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Entrepreneur magazine, The Princeton Review, and Fortune Small Business.
“We are very pleased to have done so well against so many strong competitors,” said Wick Keating, chief executive officer of Exponential Storage. “The support we have received from the Dingman Center has been extremely valuable in commercializing our initial concept. As we’ve successfully navigated our first round financing and product development, and rollout to customers, the center has been instrumental in our success.”
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