Reality Show in Princeton on Passover/Easter weekend

This weekend some entrepreneurs will walk away with a share of the $10,000 pot for the annual TigerLaunch business plan competition. Anyone may attend to watch the competitors sweat through this ordeal and applaud the winners. 
On Friday, join two leading VC’s – Tod Francis of Shasta Ventures and Craig Sherman ’91 of Meritech Capital –  for Entrepreneurship from the Trenches, a Conversation about Building Startups. Set for April 6, at 4:30 p.m. at Robertson Bowl 01, it will be a frank conversation about building successful startups.
Francis has been an investor for 20 years and has backed 25+ consumer companies, including Mint.com, Jamba Juice, PF Changs, Smule, and TaskRabbit. 
Sherman is a longtime entrepreneur who has been CEO of Gaia Interactive and COO of Ancestry.com, which he helped grow form $10 million to $150 million in sales. He is an investor in companies like Zipcar, SurveyMonkey, and Zillow. His firm, Meritech, is an investor in Facebook.
Both are judges of the TigerLaunch business plan competition on Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Room 011 of  Robertson Hall (commonly known as the Woodrow Wilson School. For the final presentation and award ceremony (drum roll) arrive at 3 p.m. Note the change of venue — in previous years this ceremony has been in the Equad. 
Editorial Caveat — I have to say I am personally disappointed that this important and appealing event takes place on one of the important faith weekends — Passover and Easter. It doesn’t directly conflict with Easter but it would be difficult for someone to attend who was planning to go to — or cook for — the first night Seder on Friday.

 Now I’ve said it. 


Youthful entrepreneurs can sign up for the East Coast Startup Summit at Princeton, April 20-22. It’s not clear to me how young you have to be but the program looks good. 
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