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FAU Business Plan Competition Winners are Semifinalists in Miller Lite's ‘Tap the Future’ Business Competition

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – Two winners of the 2013 FAU Business Plan Competition hosted by the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business have advanced to the semifinal round of the Miller Lite “Tap the Future” business plan competition. 

AspirEDU, the first place winner in the entrepreneur track of the 2013 FAU Business Plan Competition, and Elebev, formerly Arctico Holdings and second place winner in the entrepreneur track of the 2013 FAU Business Plan Competition, are two of the 25 semifinal teams that will compete in regional live pitch events in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix.  AspirEDU and Elebev will compete in Atlanta on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and the national finals will take place on Dec. 7.

Each winner of the regional pitch events will receive $20,000 and advance to the final round to compete for the grand prize, a $250,000 business development grant.  The semifinalists selected to compete at the Live Pitch Events have submitted a two-minute video describing their business and fans can vote for their favorite business at The top five fan favorite videos will receive a $10,000 grant.

For more information about the FAU Business Plan Competition, visit  For more information about the Miller Lite “Tap the Future” competition where Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank tells competing businesses to bring their A-game video, including the live pitch event schedule for all participating cities, visit

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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