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The next generation of entrepreneurs are competing for $2,500 in seed capital, and it all culminates on Monday at the NFTE Philadelphia Final Regional Business Plan Competition, which is being held at 10 a.m.at Quorum at the University Science Center in Philadelphia. Navarrow Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Interactive One, will deliver a speech titled, “The Power of Education with an Entrepreneurial Mindset.”

The five finalists’ business plans bring together diverse industries and ideas, including music production, electronics, hair styling, wrist bands, and tutoring. You can read more about the finalists and the event in yesterday’s press release. The students and their business plans are polished and ready to go.

Last week’s news of Safeguard’s newest board member, Dr. Keith Jarrett, drew attention from the Daily Local News and PEHub. Phil Moyer was also featured in recent news, offering his take on big data in the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Facebook IPO in the Philadelphia Inquirer. MedCity News interviewed Gary Kurtzman on his role at Safeguard and what life sciences entrepreneurs should be thinking about. And Philadelphia CityBizList highlighted Safeguard’s stock as last Wednesday’s biggest gainer in Philadelphia.

Here’s the latest from our partner companies:

  • Beyond.com hired John Krautzel as Director of Marketing. He’s an 11-year veteran with Toolbox.com, a network of online communities of experienced professionals, and his valuable experience will support Beyond.com as the company continues to expand its portfolio of career management services.
  • Bridgevine welcomed its new Senior Vice President, Product Marketing, Fayyaz Shah. He brings expertise from his roles as vice president of product management and customer experience at Wayfair and vice president for global product management at Travelocity.
  • DriveFactor’s CEO Steve McKay spoke on a panel in a webinar about innovations in the personal lines insurance market.
  • NovaSom launched Apnea.com, a new website designed to help educate patients on the risks of undiagnosed sleep apnea and the benefits of treatment.

To read more of our Week in Review series, please use the following feed: www.safeguard.com/WeekInReview. Enjoy your weekend!