Sun Microsystems Campus Incubator Program Launches
PALO ALTO, CA – Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW)
today announced the acceptance of the first participants into the Sun
Campus Incubator Program. Cal Poly’s College of Business is the first of eight business schools participating to have plans identified, and students began “incubating” their e-business ideas in January 2001. To date, there are three plans that have been jointly reviewed by Sun and Diamondhead Ventures accepted into the program.
The proposed businesses and the team members accepted into the Sun Campus Incubator Program at Cal Poly are:
- Career Athletes – Yong Cho, Todd Lockwood, Buck Lucas, Ashley
Mitchell, Christine Molina
- MyNetAdmin – Eric Law, Edward Lin, John Kew, Brian Paper, Jim Kaney, Santiago del Rio, Tim Cutting
- NoDeception – Tim Cutting, Craig Chinn, Jim Kaney, Matt Swann,
Santiago del Rio, Brian Paper
Through the Sun Campus Incubator Program, selected teams headed up by a graduate business school student are provided with a technical infrastructure to develop their e-business ideas while still in school. Sun selects up to five business plans from every university enrolled in the program. The selections are made based upon recommendations from participating faculties and venture capital firms. Selected plans receive six months of free access to the Sun incubator facility, which is hosted individually at the participating university.
As a result, business school students may turn their ideas into successful
businesses faster than ever at minimal cost to themselves.
“My teammates and I are excited about the opportunity to incubate our
business concepts using the latest Sun hardware and software over the next
six months,” said Santiago Del Rio, a CalPoly student and program
participant on two of the three teams selected. “The Sun Campus Incubator
enables us to focus our efforts on developing a successful prototype for
both NoDeception & MyNetAdmin.”
Team members are provided access to a robust configuration of Sun hardware
and software, valued at $275,000. In addition, Oracle is providing free
access to the Oracle-8i or Oracle-9i Application Server software.
“Oracle is committed to enabling the growth of new e-businesses through
innovative programs such as Sun’s Campus Incubator Program,” said Juan
Jones, Oracle vice president, Platform Technologies Division. “Oracle’s
world class database combined with the Oracle-9i Application Server
provides these young entrepreneurs with a solid platform and springboard
for future success.”
The Sun Campus Incubator Program consists of Sun Ray 1 enterprise
appliances and a fully operational campus data center. The systems are
loaded with software, including the Sun Developer Essentials((superscript:
SM)) Software Enterprise Edition, a complete set of cross-platform
enterprise tools including Netscape, iPlanet and the Solaris Operating
Environment, and StarOffice 5.2, a cross-platform office productivity
“Many of today’s leading technology-based companies, including Sun, got
their start in University environments,” said Kim Jones, vice president for
Global Education & Research at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “We take great pride
in providing tomorrow’s business leaders with an enabling environment where
innovation is captured and encouraged to develop to its full potential.”
Sun Campus Incubator Program
Sun developed the Campus Incubator Program to support student entrepreneurs
in developing their e-business concepts, as an academic environment
facilitates collaboration among students and faculty. For more information
please visit http://www.sun.com/edu/incubator
Universities participating in the program include:
- College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
- Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
- Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University,
- Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China
- Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- InterUniversity Computational Center (IUCC) Tel Aviv University
- Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France
Participating venture capital firms include:
- Diamondhead Ventures, Menlo Park, Calif.
- Formula Ventures, Herzliya, Israel
- AsiaTech Ventures (PTE) Ltd., Singapore
- eXseed Venture Capital LTD, Tel Aviv, Israel
Graduate Programs, College of Business
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schools and extending to all levels of higher education. For information
about Sun in Education, please visit http://www.sun.com/edu.
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