Gary M. Cadenhead, Ph.D. is the Director of the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program. Intimately familiar with the MSTC Program, Dr. Cadenhead taught the inaugural Class of 1996 and the Class of 2004.
In four different years, Texas MBA students selected him to receive Outstanding Graduate Business Professor Awards. In 1995, the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute recognized him as one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurship Educators of the Year. In 1998 and again in 2003, Dr. Cadenhead and the MOOT CORP Program were featured in Inc. magazine. In 1999, he received the Entrepreneurship Education Pedagogy Innovation of the Year Award from USASBE. In a 2003 survey of entrepreneurship directors commissioned by Entrepreneur magazine, Dr. Cadenhead was recognized as one of the three top directors of entrepreneurship programs in the United States.
Prior to joining The University of Texas in 1980, Dr. Cadenhead held faculty positions at Stanford University, UCLA, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, IMADEC University in Austria, and Texas Christian University.
Currently, Dr. Cadenhead’s professional activities involve advising new ventures, mentoring two new venture competitions, consulting, and serving on the boards of several entities.
With aspiring entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from experienced investors, the MOOT CORP(r) Competition simulates the real-world process of raising venture capital. MBAs from business schools around the globe come to The University of Texas at Austin each May to present their business plans to panels of investors. The best new-venture opportunity is then selected from the myriad offerings. With a 21-year history, MOOT CORP is the oldest operating inter-business school new-venture competition in the world. Participation in the internationally-renowned competition is through invitation or qualifying by winning other competitions. This course is a series of lectures which will teach you how to write a business plan for your idea and present your concept to potential investors.
You will learn how to ...
- Begin with an intriguing and compelling opening
- Meet a burning need which makes a business plan intriguing
- Open with your opportunity
- Tell the whole story, concisely
- Give the investor reasons to want to be involved
- Which are the critical skills of the team for the venture
- To make the Investor think that this is the perfect team
- Show the financial potential of the venture
- Recognize factors that improve the fundability of a new venture
- Determine the type of funding to seek