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The LES Foundation Celebrates Intellectual Property During Global Entrepreneurship Week And Invites Graduate Students From Across The Globe To Register For Its 2011 Business Plan Competition!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Licensing Executives Society Foundation will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by opening team registration on November 18, 2010 for its 2011 International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK Global. It is designed to inspire young people to embrace innovation and creativity and to ‘think big’ about turning their ideas into reality. From November 15-21, 2010, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things through tens of thousands of activities that are being planned in dozens of countries across the globe. The LES Foundation registration kick-off is one such event.

Students -- MS/MBA/MD/JD/PhD and postdoctoral scholars -- from across the globe are invited to register for this unique globalcompetition, which focuses on business plans that include an overview of intellectual property (IP) assets and describe how they will be managed and commercialized to achieve business goals. Student teams receive comprehensive feedback throughout the process from IP business leaders who share valuable expertise earned in the trenches of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Teams will compete to win all-expenses-paid trips to the Final Round at the LES International (LESI) Annual Conference in London, England where they will attend educational sessions, mingle with global IP leaders and compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize and valuable in-kind prizes or the $5,000 Global Award. Runner-up teams receive $1,000.

Key Dates for the 2011 Competition:

November 18, 2010 – Team registration opens during Global Entrepreneurship Week (
February 18, 2011 – Deadline for team registration
March 4, 2011 – All business plans due
April 18, 2011 - Finalist teams invited to participate in the London activities
June 4, 2011 - Final round competition in London
June 5 – 8, 2011 – LESI Annual Conference in London, England (

To learn more about the Competition, visit

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