Innovative ideas and products that merge business and policy with social needs will be on display as Presidio Graduate School presents its Capstone Showcase and a Sustainable Products and Services Design Fair on Saturday, May 18, from 5 to 9 pm at the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Capstone Showcase, which features business models and policy plans created by Presidio Graduate School students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Integrative Capstone courses. A panel of faculty experts selects the projects included in the event, whose attendees include potential investors in the student ventures. Past Capstone Showcase participants have gone on to win the Madrona League Business Plan Competition and sought to turn their projects into viable business ventures after graduation.
“The Capstone Program demonstrates Presidio’s mission-in-action,” says Presidio Graduate School President William Shutkin. “In the Capstone courses, our students are literally building the businesses and policy programs that will help change society for the better. Not tomorrow, but today.”
Among the MBA student ventures included in the May 18th Capstone Showcase are:
Students anticipate continuing several of these ventures beyond the Capstone Showcase. The teams behind EnergICE and Little Seed Stories are participating in the 2013 Madrona League Business Plan Competition, which promotes sustainable business plans that serve the public good. Team Boomerang has generated interest from a funder, Creative Green Economies is moving forward and Small Batch Preserves is another prospective business.
Presidio Graduate School MPA student projects and papers are also highlighted in the Capstone Showcase. The topics addressed include:
The Capstone Showcase is sponsored by the California law firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP and the financial and professional services firm Jones Lang LaSalle. It will be preceded by the Sustainable Products and Services Design Fair featuring presentations by Presidio Graduate School students in the Products & Services Development course. Their creations include a toy made of solar panels to teach children about renewable energy, a fully compostable toothbrush and a software tool that helps businesses reduce parking costs and constraints.