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2012 Innovation Showcase Promotes North Bay's Success Stories and Launches Up-and-Comers

May 17, 2012 2:05 PM

May 17, 2012

Rohnert Park, California - Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics is hosting the 2012 Innovation Showcase on June 1, 2012. The Showcase will highlight our region's hottest success stories and feature the four finalists of the North Bay iHub's Second Annual Business Plan Competition. James Kovach, seven-year NFL veteran and serial entrepreneur, will speak on the journey from ideation to commercialization and what lies ahead for the North Bay's innovation ecosystem. 

The Showcase begins at 2:30 with an Expo of 12 successful entrepreneurial companies and the opportunity to learn about their journey, their inspiration, and what has made them successful. At the same time, those who register early will be paired with entrepreneurial and community leaders for some one-on-one mentoring.

Dean William Silver notes, "The North Bay has a number of great companies that are part of our innovation ecosystem. The Innovation Showcase is an opportunity to raise the awareness of these companies in our community and to celebrate their success."

The afternoon will culminate with public presentations from the four finalists from the 2012 Business Plan Competition, a contest to help entrepreneurs build business planning skills and develop promising ideas. Mobile text voting will enable the audience to select the best pitch. 

The reception following will offer a great opportunity to talk with these entrepreneurs, as well as our community leaders about our region's opportunities. Both the Innovation Showcase and the business plan competition which leads up to it reflect a partnership between Sonoma State, BEST, and the North Bay iHub to enrich the innovation ecosystem by reaching out into the community to educate, role model, and create excitement about entrepreneurship careers and opportunities.

The Innovation Showcase takes place Friday, June 1st from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Ives Hall on the Sonoma State campus. Admission is $25 per person. Register today! 

For more information, please contact:
Annemarie Brown, 707-664-2221,

About Sonoma State University School of Business and Economic

Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' vision is to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy.  Its mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. With undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards of excellence. For more information, visit

About the North Bay iHub

North Bay iHub's purpose is to creating jobs, stimulate local economic development, enhance learning opportunities at local colleges and universities, and advance the sciences of sustainability, ecological-friendliness and social welfare.  It offers co-working space that allows the individual entrepreneur, freelancer or commuter to get out of their home office or local coffee establishment and into a professional workplace with no up-front expenses; ongoing events like its "Business Essentials" series and North Bay Investor Summit that develop the entrepreneurial landscape in the region; and a  business incubator specializing in sustainable resources and socially-relevant technologies. Its function is to assist technology entrepreneurs and start-up companies in achieving success by providing an affordable physical infrastructure, an intellectual and entrepreneurial environment, a supportive service network and one-on-one mentoring. For more information, visit 

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