Palo Alto Software, developer of the number-one selling business planning software tools - Business Plan Pro, Sales and Marketing Plan Pro, and its new cloud-based business planning and tracking tool, LivePlan - announced on September 10th, 2012 the winners of the first "LivePlan $10,000 Boost" nationwide business plan competition.
Three winners were chosen from nearly 200 eligible entries:
First Place was awarded to Maternova - Meg Wirth, CEO. The first global marketplace, innovation incubator, and collaboration platform dedicated to improving maternal and newborn health.
Second Place was awarded to Urban Growler - Deb Loch, CEO. A startup packaging microbrewery located in the Arts District of Northeast Minneapolis with an emphasis on targeting female consumers.
Third Place was awarded to Lollimobile.com - Namanh Hoang, CEO. An online retail store that specializes in mobile accessories for women.
These three winners were evaluated by a distinguished group of expert judges including Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist for Apple, co-founder of Alltop.com and author of New York Times best seller, Enchantment;
Plans were judged on a variety of criteria including quality of content, business viability, financial projections and market potential. Palo Alto Software CEO Sabrina Parsons stated, "We're thrilled with the tremendously high quality business plans we received. Entrants came from a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, information technology and consumer and business services."
Parsons added, "Our sincere hope is that everyone who entered is able to launch their venture. That's really what this competition is all about - empowering entrepreneurs to live their dreams. The process of selecting finalists was not an easy task. Our expert judges felt that the five finalists exemplified solid planning principles, experienced management teams, attractive markets, well-written narratives and thorough financials."
Lollimobile CEO Namanh Hoang stated, "It is an amazing honor to have been chosen amongst so many great competitors and we feel that this award further validates the potential for lollimobile.com to become a great success." Hoang added, "Liveplan.com is simply amazing. Having been a long time Business Plan Pro user, I feel that the evolution to cloud-based was not only inevitable but perfect timing since so many people are looking for something affordable to get them started quickly. Palo Alto Software didn't just port the software over but built this service from the ground up to tailor it around the internet user experience. Step-by-step guides walk you through the entire process making even the most daunting task such as financial projects quick and easy. I think every business needs a business plan if it want to succeed and LivePlan.com is the perfect solution."
Founded in July 2012, Lollimobile.com is the ultimate online resource for cute mobile accessories. The website www.lollimobile.com already carries over 150 products, from Apple iPhone 4 cases to Samsung Galaxy cases and soon to include the all new iPhone 5 cases. With some of the most competitive prices on the Internet today, Lollimobile.com keeps costs low for consumers while providing an easy, service-oriented shopping experience. The idea is to not only bring the largest selection from all around the world but also to offer the best customer service through their "Love it guarantee" which offers not only free shipping but also offers free no questions asked returns. Visit http://www.lollimobile.com to learn more.