14 May 2006

The 2006 Boomer Venture Summit

On June 20th, Mary Furlong and The Leavey School of Business will be presenting The 2006 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit:
We invite you to join us for an exciting one-day program consisting of leaders across a wide range of industries. They all have one thing in common – they invest in or serve the 40+ boomer consumer.
And they're not kidding. This from U.S. News and World Report:
In addition, a CGC analysis of government data shows that those 55 to 64 and older represent one of the fastest-growing groups of self-employed workers. Some 1.8 million American workers ages 55 to 64 are self-employed outside of agriculture, up 29 percent from 2000, according to the Labor Department. The number of do-it-yourselfers 65 and older has grown 18 percent to 756,000. And boomers 45 to 54 years old make up more than a quarter of the nation's 9.6 million self-employed. Overall, boomers and older entrepreneurs now account for 54 percent of self-employed workers, up from 48.5 percent in 2000.
There are always bolts of adrenaline bouncing off the walls at these gatherings (I was there in 2004). That's because of the rousing give and take between the venture capitalists and entrepreneurs roaming around—along with the excitement of The $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Competition.

If I were a cheesy copywriter I'd say this: The $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Competition is the Survivor of business plan competitions! Instead, I'll just say this: The $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Competition the American Idol of Business Plan Competitions!

Here's the press release. Mary told me that the event is close to a sellout—so if you want to go, hurry up and register.

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