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New director to lead philanthropic investment competition

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL Madison Trust competition to be held on March 1, 2019, JMU welcomes its new director of the program, John Meck (pictured right), who already serves as director of Corporate Relations at the university.

The competition provides a lively intersection where savvy philanthropists directly experience the ingenuity and innovative spirit of faculty and staff. Competitors make formal presentations and discuss their visionary ideas with individuals who have the potential of making these concepts a reality. Investor-judges decide which ventures are most promising, and they have the opportunity to ... Read More

How it Works
  • First, a call goes out to faculty and staff asking them to submit their projects for consideration.
  • By email, we invite investor-judges to help decide which 10 projects will be presented.
  • On Friday, March 1, 2019 presenters and investors will gather in person at JMU for the presentation of final projects.
  • Through their interactions with presenters on that day, investor-judges enhance actual innovations.
  • Ultimately, investor-judges embrace their intuition and expertise to make day-of funding decisions.

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