What You Need To Know To Build A Profitable App @ CSUF Startup Incubator

CSUF Irvine BannerThis event is taking place later today, Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm at the CSUF Irvine campus. If you can make it we would love to see you there! You will need to pay for parking but there’s so much value in this talk that it more than makes up for it. To reserve your https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-you-need-to-know-to-build-a-profitable-app-csuf-startup-incubator-tickets-35002018981?aff=blog

The trends are clear: More and more people are using their phones to make important decisions about where to go, what to eat, and how they should spend their money. Not only that, your phone can be one of your primary sources for news, entertainment, and even gaming. In other words, if you have a business you must give serious consideration to your mobile strategy or you will be left in the dust by your competitors.

That’s where Dalip Jaggi comes in. He is Principal at Devise Interactive, a strategic app development company specializing in helping companies develop a comprehensive app strategy and in the creation and deployment of apps. In this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine) he will meticulously go through the process that his company has used many times to bring concepts into reality.

But it doesn’t stop there. Dalip will also describe the key metrics that companies must monitor to ensure that their apps are as effective as possible in achieving their missions.

App building is a long process that can yield substantial rewards for the companies that do it the right way. Come to this event to learn how you can set up your company’s app strategy for success and profitability!

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.

We hope to see you there!

[You will need to purchase a parking permit to park on this campus. Information for parking can be found here: http://www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/about/campusmap.php]


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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

Meet a Startup Founded by two Cal State Fullerton Alumni

In this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director John Bradley Jackson highlights an up-and-coming startup founded by two Cal State Fullerton graduates that will help students pass their courses in the fall and beyond.

Brent Maxinoski ’17 and Cayman Elkin ’17, both recent Entrepreneurship graduates at Cal State Fullerton, are working on a startup that will help students pass the most difficult classes. As CSUF students, they saw how certain courses, what they refer to as “bottleneck” courses, could derail good students from graduating. As a professor, I know about these courses as well; some of these courses have failure rates of nearly 40% and that is a problem.

What Brent and Cayman have set out to do with Wecademi is bring together students who are encountering some difficulties with these courses with people who have already taken these courses and excelled. Wecademi will be, as they describe it, the Airbnb of tutoring.

Entrepreneur in Residence Travis Lindsay was able to sit down with them for a few minutes recently at the CSUF Startup Incubator to talk with them about their business and what they have planned for the future and you can see the interview by going to Cal State Fullerton Startup – Wecademi.

Changing course a bit, this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Irvine campus we will host Dalip Jaggi from Devise Interactive and he will be giving a talk titled: What You Need to know to Build a Profitable App. I’m looking forward to this talk as it’s very relevant to many of the entrepreneurs that we work with and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

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Cal State Fullerton Startup – Wecadmi

Brent Maxinoski ’17 and Cayman Elkin ’17 worked hard to earn their Bachelor’s degrees in Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton and now they are working hard on putting those degrees to the test by preparing to launch their startup, Wecademi, with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Travis Lindsay, Entrepreneur in Residence, for the CSUF Startup Incubator was able to sit down with Brent and Cayman to discuss their business with the discussion focusing on what they’ve accomplished so far and where they plan to go in the future.

The idea for Wecademi was born in one of our entrepreneurship classes and is now being actively worked on at the CSUF Startup Incubator. The mission of this company is to match students who need help in what are referred to as “bottleneck” courses with students who have passed and even excelled in these courses. These are courses that every student, in a specific major, needs to pass in order to earn their degree. Because these courses are meant to push students, the failure rate of these classes can reach as high as 40%.

Through Wecademi, struggling students will be able to connect with a tutor who has already mastered the course that they are having difficulty with and hopefully use what they learn through the tutor to pass their classes and save some money by not having to retake any courses.  Although preliminary testing for Wecademi will be introduced exclusively to Cal State Fullerton students first, Brent and Cayman have plans to expand the program to additional universities.

Brent and Cayman have already produced a basic website for Wecademi and have taken the first steps in creating their minimum viable product (MVP) for Wecademi, which you can see at http://wecademi.com/ To see more of what Brent and Cayman have in store for Wecademi please watch the video below.

The CSUF Startup Incubator is an organization within Cal State Fullerton that works with entrepreneurs to help them get from concept to launch. Every entrepreneur that contracts to work with the CSUF Startup Incubator receives expert startup consulting and guidance from Incubator staff and a dedicated startup coach. Initial engagements are for six months but can be extended by the entrepreneur. For more information on this program, please send us an email to csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu


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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 Startup Incubator Resident Ben Yip

Ben Yip has launched his business, Aidtree, with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator

Ben Yip has launched his business, Aidtree, with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator

Starting a business is no easy task, even for a former investment banker like Ben Yip. About a year ago, Ben came to the CSUF Startup Incubator looking for help with the launch of his philanthropic app called Aidtree. Aidtree is a philanthropic coupon retailer that enables people to purchase discounts at the establishments that they frequent and a portion of all of those sales goes to a cause that the people purchasing the coupons supports.

Prior to consulting with the CSUF Startup Incubator, Ben had been independently crafting the Aidtree website. Although he had a strong understanding of how he wanted his site to run and knew what he wanted it to look like, he exhausted his skills in building it.

“The Incubator helped transition these elements into an actual business with implementation guidance and positive support from my advisers,” Ben said. Looking for help and knowing he was not at a stage where he could bring his company to venture capitalists, Ben turned to the CSUF Startup incubator. After meeting with the CSUF Startup Incubator staff Ben was convinced that they had the knowledge and the connections to help him start his business.

“From the first meeting I knew that Ben was dedicated to making Aidtree work. It is his passion. We love working with entrepreneurs like him because they have determination to keep on making progress even when things inevitably get tough,” said Entrepreneur in Residence Travis Lindsay.

When Ben brought Aidtree to the CSUF Startup Incubator he was in the minimum viable product (MVP) stage of development, which is kind of like an alpha version of a product or service. He was trying to create his website to satisfy the early adopters of Aidtree. The CSUF Startup Incubator helped Ben develop his MVP into a more functional offering. “The Incubator helped transition [my MVP] into an actual business with implementation guidance and positive support from my advisers.”

Before coming to the Incubator, Ben had gone to several other incubators to see what they could do to help his company; but none of them were a fit. He chose the CSUF Startup Incubator because it’s mentors provided him with the help and encouragement he was looking for. “They were unlike a lot of other venture firms,” reflected Ben on the Incubator, “They said, ‘how can we help?’ That was very refreshing.”

Reflecting on his time as a resident at the Incubator, Ben was satisfied with his results. The Incubator helped me move to the next level of my startup development.”  He also complimented the Incubator on its enthusiasm and the depth of knowledge from the Incubator’s faculty and mentors as well as the Incubator’s vast network.

As of now, Aidtree has successfully launched a soft rollout in the Fullerton Area and is working on adding more businesses, causes, and users to the site.


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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

Teaching Position: Design Teacher at Samueli Academy

Samueli AcademyOur partners at Samueli Academy, Orange County’s premier college/career readiness public charter high school, is seeking a Design Instructor for the school’s 4-year Design Pathway. The Design Pathway is integrated with the school’s Engineering Pathway in providing students with authentic real-world experience in the classroom where students invent, design, manufacture and market products.

Applicants do not need a teaching credential, candidates with 5+ years of industry experience can apply for a Career Technical Educational credential to be eligible for this position.

This is a full-time position and Samueli Academy anticipates the official start date for this position to be August 1, 2017.

For more information about this position, please review the Announcement of Position Vacancy and follow the instructions to apply.


#CSUF

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

Patent Landmines for Entrepreneurs and Startups @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Austin Bonderer Patent Attorney

Patent Attorney Austin Bonderer will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) on Wednesday. If you have any questions about your intellectual property then you should definitely attend this seminar.

On Wednesday, July 12 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) we will be hosting a can’t miss seminar by Patent Attorney Austin Bonderer. If you have any questions about your intellectual property then you owe it to yourself to attend. Please register by going to the event page.

Your intellectual property is what sets you apart from your competitors and it gives you a strategic advantage in the marketplace. So it makes sense that you should take all appropriate measures to protect it because, if you don’t, the repercussions could be catastrophic for your business.

But you also need to talk about your ideas with potential investors, partners, customers, and your employees as well. What should you do?

There is no simple answer because there are too many scenarios requiring different IP protection strategies. That is why we are happy to have patent attorney Austin Bonderer talk about the right strategies you should be using when discussing your ideas, your intellectual property, with outsiders.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.

We hope to see you there!

[Parking for this event is free. Please park on Bradford Avenue and go through the front gate, this event will be located in the back of the building.]

Austin Bonderer started his career in the patent system while studying engineering at the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at the United States Patent Office as a patent examiner. During the five and half years at the USPTO, Austin clerked for the Board of Patent Appeals and served as a patent examiner in different areas including medical fields, business methods, and valves.

After obtaining his JD from the Columbus School of Law in Washington DC, Austin eventually made his way out to Orange County and took a position with Foxconn as the head of US patent prosecution for the Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center. On many trips to Beijing, he presented several lectures at Tsinghua University to students, professors, and administrators on US patenting system and strategies.

After leaving Foxconn, he started working as a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Austin Bonderer, PC. In his practice, he has assisted many individual inventors, small companies, start-ups, and large corporations. Given his unique experience as a patent examiner, in-house counsel, and international work, Austin possesses exceptional ability to help his clients obtain the intellectual property they need.


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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

Meet a CSUF Entrepreneurship Scholarship Winner

Pamela Martinez Sierra (Left) won the Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services Entrepreneurial Scholarship sponsored by Karla Amador (Right)

Pamela Martinez Sierra (Left) won the Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services Entrepreneurial Scholarship sponsored by Karla Amador (Right)

Last week we published a couple of articles about CSUF Entrepreneurship scholarships and in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director John Bradley Jackson highlights the story of one of our CSUF Entrepreneurship scholarship winners. It’s a great story and we hope that you can read it.

When Karla Amador sponsored the Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services Entrepreneurial Scholarship she had Pamela Martinez Sierra ’18 in mind.

Since she was young, Pamela has wanted to improve conditions for her fellow Chileans and she sees becoming an entrepreneur as the best way to achieve that goal. Pamela knows that entrepreneurs are the catalyst for growth in any economy, especially in one of Chile’s poorer regions, and that is the main reason why she is an Entrepreneurship major at Cal State Fullerton.

Last week we published an article on her inspirational story and you should definitely read it.

And there are many other students like Pamela. That’s why we are happy to announce the John Iskandar Scholarship of Entrepreneurship sponsored by CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Fares Younis ’13. Fares is an inspiring person and he was gracious enough to sponsor two scholarships in honor of John Iskandar, his uncle, a man who had inspired him many times.

Stories like these are why I am proud to be the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. We are building a community of entrepreneurs and innovators that are doing a lot of good.

Sincerely,

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

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