CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Featured in Coast Magazine

Geoff Pascual '16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 has been featured in these pages in Pop Art for a New Generation for the business he has started: Pascual Productions. Geoff has done a great deal of hard work over the years to make his art into a real business. His drive and dedication have sustained him and he is starting to realize financial success as an artist, which is not an easy thing to do.

Geoff was one of our students in the classroom and he graduated as a Resident from the CSUF Startup Incubator as well. One of his mentors while at the Incubator was Rudy Chavarria and Rudy has definitely helped Geoff improve his PR game. One recent example of this successful collaboration was when Geoff was featured in the OC Register’s Coast magazine for his anime-inspired pop art.

Below is a copy of the article about Geoff and what his artistic inspiration is.

Geoff Pascual Coast Magazine Article CSUF Startup Incubator


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For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
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Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session:
http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
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CSUF Alumni to give Digital Marketing Talk in La Mirada

James and Ryan Fratzke have been kind enough to give talks about digital marketing to our students and at the CSUF Startup Incubator; and they are featured in our Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series as well. On Wednesday, May 17 they will be giving a talk in La Mirada that will help business owners and entrepreneurs learn the basics for marketing and branding on the internet. Here are the details:

Social Media Marketing Workshop with James and Ryan Fratzke in La Mirada 2017


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/IncubatorFor more details on how CSUF

Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session:
http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Present their Businesses to our Community

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students after their end of the semester business presentations

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students after their end of the semester business presentations

At the end of every semester CSUF Entrepreneurship students present their businesses or the progress they have made on launching their businesses to a panel of judges from the community, which includes: investors, bankers, entrepreneurs, and many other professionals. These are awesome learning experiences for our students because: 1. They get to practice pitching their businesses and 2. They get valuable feedback from our judges on how they can improve their businesses.

Director John Bradley Jackson discusses the importance of these panels to our students in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

Last Friday, Dr. Atul Teckchandani, Professor Jeff Longshaw, and myself hosted presentations that our students gave to judges (i.e. investors, entrepreneurs, and professionals from our community). These presentations are the culmination of a semester’s worth of work by our students and their dedicated mentors to craft actionable business plans or work on the launch of real businesses.

While these presentations and the questions from our judges can be stressful for our students they also are tremendous learning experiences. I think I can safely speak for the other professors when I say that our students certainly got feedback that can improve their startups going forward.

The semester is quickly drawing to a close; we only have two weeks left before the end of the semester and many of our students will be walking at graduation. My sincerest hope is that our students that are graduating will achieve everything they set out to accomplish. And, maybe, that some of the feedback that they received last Friday will help.

Thank you to all who participated!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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Focus on your Character First – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Jim Reichert has had thousands of business relationships throughout the years so it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about people. And he has some simple, straightforward advice for people who want to build stronger relationships, whether for business or otherwise.

To Jim, Dr. Stephen R Covey’s words on building character rather than working on creating a better personality really ring true. You can have the most engaging, gregarious personality in the world but that doesn’t really matter if you can’t follow through on what you say you will.

That’s why you have to focus on building your character. Even if you aren’t the life of the party if you do what you say you are going to do, be honest, trustworthy, and everything else that is the mark of someone with strong character, then you will be in a better position to accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

Why? Because people will come to rely on you. They know that  you are a trustworthy person. Someone with character that won’t just tell you what you want to hear.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship clip was taken from a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator

Edited by Bo Kim


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

How I Raised $7.5M – This Wednesday at CSUF Startup Incubator

Join us at the CSUF Startup Incubator this Wednesday at 6pm to hear veteran entrepreneur and investor Pete DeAngelis give a talk about raising money for your startup

Join us at the CSUF Startup Incubator this Wednesday at 6pm to hear veteran entrepreneur and investor Pete DeAngelis give a talk about raising money for your startup

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to raising money for a startup and that’s understandable since the vast majority of entrepreneurs never end up raising a dollar from anyone outside of their close network of family and friends. Companies that receive Angel money are rare and the universe of companies that receive funding from Venture Capitalists is much smaller than that.

That is why we are excited to be hosting a talk this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia by serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor Pete DeAngelis. As you will read in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, Pete has successfully raised over $7.5M for companies he has worked with and is an active investor himself.

Attendees will get the chance to ask Pete any questions that they have. And, if you ask me for a recommendation as to what question to ask, how about: “How realistic is Shark Tank?” I have my own opinions about the realism of that show but I’m curious to find out what a veteran entrepreneur/investor like Pete has to say about it.

Pete DeAngelis has raised more than $7.5M for companies he has been an executive or board member for and he is also on the Investment Committee for the Cove Fund. In other words, when he talks about how to finance your business you should listen.
This Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia (reserve your seat for this talk on our Eventbrite page) Pete will lead a conversation that covers a range of topics that are absolutely critical for every entrepreneur looking to raise funds. He will give his tried and true advice on how to give an effective pitch to investors and talk about how to manage the due diligence process that happens afterwards.
Attendees of this talk will get information that only equity investors know and they will get the opportunity to ask questions of and network with angel investors. We hope to see you there!
Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

P.S. This Friday, May 5, our entrepreneurship students will be giving their end of the semester presentations for either the business plans they have been working on or the businesses they have been actively launching. We still need a couple more judges for our morning and afternoon sessions and if you would like more information on what it means to be a judge please email Travis Lindsay at tlindsay@fullerton.edu for more information. It’s a great experience for all involved!

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#1 Rule for Better Communication at Work – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

How do you create a great atmosphere at work? It’s all about communication. If you cannot have productive conversations with your coworkers, subordinates, or superiors then how are you going to get things done?

Jim Reichert is an entrepreneurial executive with decades of experience in this area and he believes that the best way to promote good communication at work is by starting off on the right track. When you are hiring someone you will of course need to make sure that they have the skills and the experience to do the job they are being hired for but you also need to ascertain whether or not they are a fit culturally. That means they have to have values that align with the company.

And what happens when someone just doesn’t end up fitting well with the company’s culture? This is a tough situation and can become very emotional but the correct course of action would be to let that person go. It’s not that they are a bad person, per se, it’s just that they aren’t a fit for the company. In the long run this decision is better for the person that is being let go and better for the organization as well.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship clip was taken from a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator

Edited by Bo Kim


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

CSUF Business Plan Competition Featured in Orange County Register

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship

The Orange County Register recently covered the CSUF Business Plan Competition announcing the winner: Piano with Jonny. Here’s a bit from Piano with Jonny wins business plan contest:

After more than four months of competition, the Piano with Jonny team has won the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

Jonny May (CSUF Business Administration ’17), Reuben Ponce De Leon (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17) and Yannick Lambrecht designed a website that sells digital piano educational content. The business model allows piano instruction without a teacher present, making it more affordable and reaching more potential students. Students can follow along as pianist May teaches genres including blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents