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43North names 7 judges for finals

A Facebook executive and the former CEO of the Huffington Post will be among the seven judges who will pick the winners of next month's 43North business plan competition.

The judges will listen to two-minute pitches from each of the 10 finalists and then have five minutes to ask them questions during the contest's finals, which will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Earlier in the day, following a day-long series of longer pitches, a separate panel of judges will have narrowed the field from 16 semifinalists to the 10 finalists. The 10 finalists will compete during the evening finals for eight prizes, ranging from the $1 million grand prize and a $650,000 runner-up prize, to a $550,000 third-place prize and five awards of $500,000. Two of the 10 finalists will not win any money.

The judges include:

  • Bonin Bough, a marketing executive who is the producer and host of Cleveland Hustles and a member of the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement.
  • Melissa Bradley, a business professor at Georgetown University and senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
  • Toby Corey, a Stanford University lecturer and former Tesla Inc. executive.
  • Virginia Giddings, who heads advanced technology and innovation at medical device maker Stryker Neurvascular.
  • Eric Hippeau, a managing partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures who also is chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. He previously was CEO of  the Huffington Post.
  • David Jakubowski, the director of publisher solutions at Facebook.
  • Jill Thompson, the president of the JoLT Group and an advisor to life science and diagnostics companies.


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