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wce-graphic2012Our friends at the University of Houston‘s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship won the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition!  Led by Ken Jones and David Cook, this team nailed it, and took home the big prize (after competing against teams from Harvard, Stanford and more!).

The national competition offered three ways to win with an Audience Investor Choice Award, based on audience votes, a People’s Choice Award, based on online voting, and the Grand Prize selected by the judges.

REEcycle won them all, leaving the other finalists from Colorado, Georgia Tech, MIT, Michigan State and Ohio State in the dust, despite the professionals on some of their teams.

Here is why we are sharing this today:

Each of these winners previously volunteered in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program’s Business Plan Workshops, where they offered their insights to PEP participants in April and October 2013. In fact, two of them made the tremendous commitment to also serve as Business Plan Advisors to our participants. 

We are delighted to celebrate their success, and wish them and all of their classmates great success in their future, real world endeavors. Check out this article, which details the impressive victories along their journey:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/UH-entrepreneurs-win-big-prove-they-re-among-the-5598758.php?cmpid=email-premium&t=5cad098623e2196854

Entrepreneur’s mantra:  Let’s make it happen………..today!

PEP Pitch Day

PEP volunteers and participants reacting to the awesome new advisory board lineup. (We ARE pretty excited!)

Since 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program has been guided by some of the strongest business minds to ever lend their time, talent and treasure to the nonprofit sector. We are particularly grateful for those who have served on our governing and advisory boards.

This group has included highly successful entrepreneurs, investors and politicians. It has also included lawyers, bankers and leaders from the corporate sector. And we are particularly grateful that it has always included men who first came to PEP as incarcerated men.

Together, these leaders are PEP’s ambassadors in the “free world.” They carry our message of hope out into the community, and their support is directly responsible for the ground-breaking results that PEP has delivered for the past eight years (see our 2011-2012 Annual Report for the full details of our impact).

PEP would like to welcome the following NEW members to our boards (see the full list here):

New National Advisory Board Members
New Houston Advisory Board Members
New Dallas Advisory Board Members
New Austin Advisory Board Member