2017 Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Throughout the competition, participating teams work closely with seasoned professionals to discover concepts that take many years of experience to learn. For more than a month, LES members mentored eight finalist teams from Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the United States on the intellectual property strategy aspects of their plans in preparation for the final round of the Competition, which was hosted at Baker Hostetler offices, Washington, DC in conjunction with the Licensing Executives Society Spring Meeting. The eight competitors presented business plans and videos in live virtual sessions and responded to questions from a panel of 12 on-site and at-large global experts, representing more than 200 collective years of business and IP strategy experience. The first round of the Competition took place over three months, during which time the teams had access to IP strategy mentors from LES and IP analysis tools.

The LES Foundation also expresses gratitude to the in-kind contributions of the IP Toolkit sponsors.

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner

$5,000 Global Grand Prize Winner

$2,000 Best Student Team Prize

$2,000 LES Members’ Choice Award

Press Release

View all of the 2017 finalists!

The expert panel of Judges was chaired by Pamela Demain, retired Executive Director, Business Development & Licensing and Head, Relationship Management, Merck. The on-site judge panel consisted of Phillip Crowley, the Law Office of Philip P. Crowley LLC; Lalit Gaur, Head of Global Business Development and Licensing, Vetoquinal; Richard Gearhart, Founding Partner, Gearhart Law LLC; Patrick Govang, technology licensing officer, Center for Technology Licensing, Cornell University; Ted Sum, Partner, Smart & Biggar; and Elise Zoli, Partner, Goodwin Proctor LLP. Showing much dedication by calling in from around the world in Taiwan, UK and multiple time zones in the US were the at-large judges Shannon McCool, CEO, RxBio; Don Merino, founder, Merino IP Consulting; John Platt, Partner, Snell & Wilmer; Leah Rogers, Consultant, CEO Blue Ways; and Dr. John-Paul Rooney, Partner, Withers & Rogers LLP. LES Foundation Vice President, Director of 2017 Competition, Dr. Annemarie Meike, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has managed the Competition’s direction and development since 2012. She remarked, “I am encouraged by the increasing sophistication of the IP component in the business plan submissions over the years. It demonstrates the success of the mentors’ arduous work and the constructive feedback of judges during the first and final round.”


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