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How to Win a Business Plan Competition (Keep Trying!)

  • 10 Dec 2009
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • SolarTown, LLC, 1728 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Fourth Flo


  • Free

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DEN DC Presents:

An Evening of Networking for Entrepreneurs,
VC/PE Professionals and Professional Service Providers
With Special Guest
Dennis Tracz
Finalist of the DEN DC Business Plan Competition

Founder of Pinee (now 141 Repellent, Inc.)

“How to Win a Business Plan Competition” (Keep Trying!)

This event continues the series of events featuring successful Dartmouth graduates who launched their businesses locally and will share their stories

Thursday, December 10, 2009 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hosted at the offices of

SolarTown, LLC

Address: 1728 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Fourth Floor

(2 blocks north of Dupont Circle)

Metros – Dupont Circle (Red Line)

"Dartmouth Green Alumni," a network for alums in environmental and energy related careers, will co-host the event. DGA vision is to provide a way for alums in the energy and environment fields to find each other and interact.  See www.dartmouthgreenalumni.org for more.

Please RSVP at the DEN DC website: www.dendc.org


About Dennis Tracz and 141 Repellent:

Dennis has started 7 businesses over a 30 year career. The last 10 years have included work with good friend, Bill Pursche, a Tuck alumnus. Dennis has owned companies providing corporate financial services, publishing, credit card services, minor league baseball teams, dot com software services, public relations and office coffee services and an investor in a golf course management company. 4 businesses exited successfully with sales to public or larger companies. Dennis feels the lessons learned from the failed companies were as helpful as those from the successful ones.

141 Repellent, based on a pine oil derivative, will provide the first all natural insect repellent that works better than DEET based products like Off and Cutter. Pine oil has been used in China and India as a repellent for thousands of years.

Dennis has also served as the Director of James Madison University’s Entrepreneurship Center and as an Executive Advisory Council member in College of Business for 12 years. Dennis and his fiancée, Elizabeth Pharr, have 5 children between them with 3 working in the DC area.


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