Elia Serves as Round I and II Judge
for Social Impact Business Plan Competition
(COLUMBUS, OH) The 2009-2010 Social Impact Business Plan Competition selected Mike Elia, President of Elia & Partners, to serve as a Round I and Round II judge. The competition was conducted by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Sanford School of Public Policy.
“I believe it is important to help those with innovative solutions for meeting the social problems we face both globally and in the U.S.,” Elia said. “With my own business experience, coupled with my business development and merger and acquisition background, being able to help identify meaningful social sector initiatives is extremely rewarding.”
The Social Impact Business Plan Competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow – and supports them with up to $100,000 of financial and consulting awards. The Competition helps develop a strong pipeline of growth ready organizations and provides them with the resources to successfully take the next steps in their growth trajectory. The competition drew over 200 applications.
Elia is the founder and President of Elia & Partners LLC. He is also the author of Business Plan Secrets Revealed
, a unique manual that empowers entrepreneurs and business owners to present their business ideas in ways that captivate investors and convince them to invest money in their venture or social initiative.
As a successful Chief Financial Officer for companies owned by major equity sponsors like Citibank Venture Capital Group, DLJ Merchant Banking Group, and Jordan Industries, Mike has first hand experience with venture capitalists and leverage buyout specialists. Elia is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB).
For more information about the Social Impact Exchange and The Social Impact Business Plan Competition
, please visit www.socialimpactexchange.org.