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Dr. Craig R. Everett

Dr. Craig R. Everett

Assistant Professor of Finance at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School
Dr. Craig R. Everett is an assistant professor of finance at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School and director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. His teaching and research interests include entrepreneurial finance, private capital markets, business valuation and behavioral corporate finance.

Dr. Everett has over 20 years of industry experience in management consulting (Accenture) and the aerospace and defense industry (Northrop Grumman). He has also been involved with multiple startup ventures. Dr. Everett has been actively engaged in children's financial literacy initiatives over the years, being both a classroom (K-12) financial literacy volunteer for Junior Achievement and a member of the National Financial Educators Council’s curriculum advisory board.

He holds a PhD in finance from Purdue University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a BA in quantitative economics from Tufts University. Dr. Everett is the author of the best-selling children's fantasy novel, Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune, which incorporates financial literacy topics such as saving, investing, banking, entrepreneurship, interest rates, return on investment and net worth.

He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Financial Executives International, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Dr. Everett is a certified mergers and acquisitions advisor and a registered investment advisor with California. Dr. Everett has been quoted in national financial media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and CNBC.
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The Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University has opened entries to its fourth annual competition, Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies, to identify America’s Most Fundable Companies. All U.S.-based startups with less than $10 million in revenue are invited to participate.

Participants in the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies competition receive a comprehensive feedback report free of charge indicating their attractiveness to potential investors.

“I wouldn’t say that any of us (VC firms) have a methodology that is as rigorous or disciplined as the process that this university is going through… The intensive screening process makes winning companies attractive targets for investors like us,” Dan Peate, investor and founder and CEO of Avinew, said.

The competition employs a 20-year proven and proprietary due diligence process to determine the winners. Since its inception, winners in the Most Fundable Companies Competition have leveraged their award to receive over $67 million in funding. Additionally, winners are featured in Entrepreneur™ magazine, whose reach via the magazine and social outlets is in excess of 17 million viewers per month.

“The awareness generated by the competition and the connection with several angel groups helped us have an oversubscribed Series A extension,” Matt Handel, CEO of ExpressCells, said.

In 2020, Pepperdine selected 20 winners from among 4,500 plus participants from all 50 states. The winners across 13 states had a broad geographic representation and a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, clean energy, biotech, digital health, femtech, agro and biotech.

To review a list of the 2020 winners, click here.

Pepperdine’s 2021 Most Fundable Companies competition is now underway, with an awards ceremony scheduled for mid-October. Winners will also be featured in the December 2021 issue of Entrepreneur™ magazine. There is no cost to participate, and applications are being accepted now through May 28, 2021.

Click here to apply for Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies!

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