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Laura A. Schoppe Participates in Venture Capital Investment Competition at Kenan-Flagler Business School

Fuentek President Acts as Judge in UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Competition

(May 7, 2008)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management services, has announced that Laura A. Schoppe, president of the firm, was a judge in the 2008 Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition (uVCIC) at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 29.  Each student team in the competition played the role of a venture capital firm that must go through the entire capital investment process in a condensed period of time.  The teams are evaluated by judges on their interactions with entrepreneurs, as well as their negotiations and question and answer sessions with the entrepreneur of their choice.

“I am honored to have served as a judge for the uVCIC,” said Schoppe.  “This competition is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to receive practical experience as venture capitalists.”

Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management services with a specialization in technology commercialization. In her role as president, Laura is responsible for managing relationships as well as establishing strategic client plans and conducting training workshops for clients. In 2005 and 2006, DiversityBusiness.com recognized Fuentek as one of the top 50 women-owned businesses in North Carolina. Laura also has more than 12 years of successful experience in spearheading research for several defense contractors, as well as an extensive background in all aspects of intellectual property management, particularly leading license negotiation activities from transition innovations to new products. She has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities and government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. As a result of her expertise, Laura has been selected to speak at several national and international conferences and has published many papers and book chapters. In 2008 Laura was recognized as one of the Triangle's top 25 businesswomen with Triangle Business Journal's prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills in the innovation category.

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