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Goizueta Business School Hosts Venture Capital Investment Competition

Atlanta, GA (December 27, 2008) – Triton Value Partners and TopRight LLC co-sponsored the Goizueta Business School’s seventh annual Venture Capital Investment Competition on November 20-22. The competition was held at Emory University and was well attended by both students and Atlanta-area companies.

The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) brings real startup and early stage companies and venture capitalists together with venture capital-minded MBA students for a uniquely powerful learning experience.

The VCIC is a one-of-a-kind national competition that gives MBA students from top business schools a realistic venture capital experience in a competitive environment. Teams of MBA students from Goizueta Business School’s full-time MBA and Evening MBA programs will be placed in the role of venture capital firms deciding among various investment opportunities. The investment opportunities are real companies that are seeking venture capital investment. The student teams analyze each company in the same way a venture capitalist would, by reviewing the business plan, listening to the company presentation, engaging in question-and-answer sessions with the company management team, and performing additional due diligence about the company. Students prepare term sheets for the investments that they would seek out and present their analysis of all presenting companies to a judging panel. Real venture capitalists serve on the judging panel and select the top student teams to win cash prizes.

This year’s presenting companies included Camp Jam, I2 Telecom (ITUI), Simtrol (SMRL), and Lizzer. I2 Telecom’s founder and CEO Paul Arena, the company pick by the winning team, stated “I was very impressed by the insight and high quality of the Emory MBA students – they really had an excellent grasp on the intricacies of my business and its strategies.” For local technology company Simtrol, this was the third time in the past two years they had participated in the competition to provide the Emory students a real world perspective of the progress of their company. Both Simtrol and iTUI are portfolio companies of Triton Value Partners, the event co-sponsor.

The students were also treated to some comments from Jeff Carlisi, founder and lead guitarist of the popular rock band “38 Special”. Carlisi and Camp Jam cofounder and CEO, Danny Lipson, were on hand to help the students by pitching Camp Jam’s new division, Jamling. Camp Jam is a client company of Top Right.

Professor Klaas Baaks, who heads up the Goizueta Business School’s venture capital programs and event faculity event sponsor stated “The Venture Capital Investment Competition is great opportunity for our students to step in the shoes of a VC for a day. With the support of Triton Value Partners, Top Right Partners, as well as our own Emory Center for private Equity and Hedge Funds this competition is getting to a higher level each year. It is a truly a unique opportunity for our students as well as the participating VCs and portfolio companies.” Professor Baaks has recently assumed oversight responsibility for the newly endowed Center for Private Equity and Hedge Funds.

TopRight judge Joe Walker noted how valuable this competition was not only for students, but also early stage companies, who can always use the practice tightening their story, assumptions, and business plan. Paul H. Freischlag, Jr., Managing Director of Triton Value Partners, stated, “Triton Value Partners is honored to continue its close association with Emory and the Goizueta Business School by participating in and sponsoring this event with its partner, TopRight. We are proud that working with the Emory faculty over the past four years has further united the business and academic communities by providing real world experience for the students and a fresh perspective to the entrepreneurs and investors.” Triton and Top Right had recently worked together last spring to sponsor the first venture capital competition for the undergraduate school, which was also deemed a great success. Triton has been an event participant for the past four years and was actually founded at the 2005 VCIC.

Other judges from the Atlanta business community included Said Mohammdioun, Managing Partner of Tech Operators; Sanjay Parekh, Serial Entrepreneur, Technology Strategist, & Angel Investor; Chris Demetree, Managing Director of the Value Plus Ventures; Greg Foster Managing Director of Noro–Mosely Ventures; Christy Cooksey, Managing Director at Vox Communication Consulting; and Joseph Wolfe, Managing Director of the Triton Acceleration Fund.

About Triton Value Partners

Triton Value Partners is a full-service management advisory group that provides small and medium-sized enterprises with the mission critical experience, services and resources required to help them create and execute business plans that make the companies more valuable. Triton’s team of Atlanta-based Partners boasts an average of twenty-five years of experience as corporate executives, business owners and professional investors. The firm draws upon this wealth of experience to provide a full range of advisory services including: strategic planning, business/market development, operations, and capital structure. Triton’s client service approach leverages its Partners’ functional expertise and industry skills to maximize the strength of each client’s organization and infrastructure.
Triton Value Partners is based in Atlanta, Georgia, but serves a client base that operates across the U.S. and internationally. More information on Triton Value Partners is available on the company’s web-site: www.tritonvp.com

About TopRight

TopRight, LLC is an Atlanta-based strategic marketing consulting firm that moves their clients’ business up and forward in their competitive frame – to corner the markets where they choose to compete. Bringing big firm marketing management consultants together with Fortune 100 senior marketing executives, TopRight delivers strategy, creativity, execution, and analytics that drive business performance. Because when revenue and operating profit rise together, businesses take their rightful place in the competitive set: the TopRight quadrant. For more information, visit www.toprightstrategicmarketing.com.

About Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Emory’s Goizueta Business School offers an Undergraduate Program, a Two-Year MBA Program, a One-Year MBA Program, an Evening MBA Program, two formats of the W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular) and a Doctoral degree, together with a set of innovative non-degree Emory Executive Development programs. For more information:www.goizueta.emory.edu

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