Phillip Stinis – CSUF Startup Incubator Entrepreneur in Residence

Phillip Stinis '11 MBAIn January 2015, California State University Fullerton (CSUF) opened the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia. As the Entrepreneur in Residence, I have the pleasure of working with our startups firsthand while growing the Incubator as a startup itself. For those who haven’t heard yet, the CSUF Startup Incubator is looking to take highly scalable, early stage startups with innovative business models to their next phase within their 6 months of residency. Once accepted, residents are assigned a mentor and together we develop a custom road map, making sure we provide excellent value and services to our residents. The mentors are usually veteran entrepreneurs who have had experience in raising capital and selling off their business, which is the ultimate goal for our Incubator. The best parts of what makes the CSUF Incubator an excellent choice will become obvious soon, but first it is important to understand why and how CSUF does this.

The College of Business and Economics is home to the nation’s second largest undergraduate enrollment in business, according to the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. CSUF is the largest school in Orange County by student body population and the graduate program in Information Technology is ranked No. 5 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. These are some impressive statistics that make having an Incubator the next logical step for the school’s top quality graduates. While stats are not enough, the culture at CSUF is ripe and forward thinking; most professors I speak with want to get involved and they also encourage the their current students to apply.

Outlining these impressive credentials is important for understanding the big value proposition – Incubator residents are able to leverage the University’s resources. That means the world-class student consulting teams can be utilized to do market research, the mechanical engineering lab space and 3D printers can be used to make prototypes, and some of the brightest University professors are either mentoring or overseeing the process. Our Incubator is led by Professor John Jackson, Director for Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Institute at CSUF. In addition to being a 13 year Professor of Entrepreneurship, he is a veteran entrepreneur himself with several years of industry experience from Silicone Valley. Delivering his presentation on Business Plans at the Incubator in an intimate setting was definitely a great value for our residents; however, the teaching doesn’t stop there. Every week we have guest speakers come down and talk to our residents – from Business Attorneys to Angel Investors and Bankers, we are doing everything we can to give our residents the best preparation for success.

As a former Electrical Engineer who has over 10 years of Aerospace and Defense experience and an MBA from CSUF, I really enjoy cultivating the startup environment because it brings out a burning passion in the entrepreneur to create a business from just a simple idea. Now that we have all the elements aligned for success, I am excited to create a culture of inclusion where the best ideas can be fostered and developed. Since we are an after-hours Incubator versus and traditional Incubator (meaning our residents still can work on their startup business while keeping their day job), we are going to be making a more fun atmosphere where creativity can thrive. Stay turned for night time activities that will attract talented students to both help our residents and come up with their own ideas through our stimulating environment. I can’t disclose our future plans just yet, but I can tell you we are making the Incubator a place I would love to be a part of as an entrepreneur and you should come down to check it out for yourself, it’s guaranteed to be a stimulating experience!

For additional information on how to apply, please contact Phillip Stinis at phstinis@fullerton.edu or visit their website at http://bit.ly/csufstartup

A CSUF Student-Entrepreneur’s Charitable Startup

Garage GainsLast week I had the pleasure of meeting Kaylyn Donohue ’16 at one of our CSUF Startup Incubator events. Kaylyn is one of our bright student-entrepreneurs and she recently tested out her minimum viable product (MVP) for her concept Garage Gains.

Unlike other garage sales, Garage Gains did not put price tags on any of their items being sold. Instead, business and entrepreneurship students in charge of the sale, told people to pay what they wanted to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

“We really just encouraged people to pay the price that they felt was justified to give back to children’s hospital,” said Kaylyn Donohue, 21, pursuing a minor in business entrepreneurship. “At first we were thinking about giving set prices but a lot of people were actually willing to pay a little bit more through that donation request.”

As part of a community outreach project, seven Cal State Fullerton students worked to partner with the children’s hospital to develop a non-profit organization—based on the concept of a garage sale. Now, with the help of generous donations and a unique pricing system, Garage Gains is working to help communities around the nation.

Source: A Garage Sale for the Community and Charity

Click on the link above to read the rest of this story and go to Garage Gain’s Facebook Page to see when they are planning on bringing their charity garage sales to your neck of the woods.

2015 CSUF Business Plan Competition

Well over 100 people attended this year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition and Innovation Exhibition. It was great seeing all of the creative things that CSUF students are doing and to help three businesses out by awarding them seed funding for their fledgling businesses.

Well over 100 people attended this year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition and Innovation Exhibition. It was great seeing all of the creative things that CSUF students are doing and to help three businesses out by awarding them seed funding for their fledgling businesses.

We just completed the fourth annual CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals yesterday and we are excited to say that this one was spectacular! Approximately 150 people attended this year’s event including CSUF students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and a group of middle school students that the Center for Entrepreneurship has been mentoring in the areas of Entrepreneurship and STEM. We started the day off by showcasing a collection of innovative projects and businesses that CSUF students and community members are working on and finished with presentations from the finalists in our CSUF Business Plan Competition. All of the Finalists did superb jobs presenting their respective business ideas (Judge France Helfer noted that it was an extremely close vote) and we were ecstatic at how well the Innovation Exhibition, something we had never done before, went.

Starting at noon in the Titan Student Union’s Pavilion A, we launched our first ever Innovation Exhibition. The idea behind this exhibition was to promote our most creative students, alumni, and community members to as wide of an audience as we could muster. Many groups participated in the Innovation Exhibition including:

One of the cool exhibitors was our drone team and they were able to have one of their quad copters fly at the event.

The Center for Entrepreneurship would not have been able to pull off this exhibition without the help of Titan Innovation and Sigma Upsilon Mu (the CSUF Entrepreneurship fraternity/sorority on campus). In particular, Amerika Bernal, Andre Conde (who won last year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition), Cristian Sanchez, Miguel Olivares, and Lorenzo Santos were instrumental in making this event a success.

A little after 1pm we started the main attraction: the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals. This year we welcomed:

  • Exo Assistive Technologies with their concept of a backpack that aids people with disabilities and the elderly in lifting everyday items that most of us take for granted. Their team was headed by CSUF engineering student Trevor McLeran and a group of business students from Sigm Upsilon Mu including: Dan Nannery, Jessica Bonilla, and Nick Sieverson.
  • Arrow Cone was the second business presented. Phillipe Rodriguez did an excellent job of presenting his idea for a cone that is shaped like an arrow. The idea is that these kinds of cones will help youth sports coaches train their student athletes. Setting Phillipe apart was that he has some solid connections in the industry and his background makes him a good candidate for making a business like this successful.
  • Finally, CSUF Startup Incubator resident Mike Kirtland presented his business concept OneMessageID. His idea is to connect neighbors in the offline world online but, instead of trying to explain his idea myself I’ll let his video do that:

All of the presentations were great, which made it tough for judges Shari Rudolph, France Helfer, Michael Sawitz, and Dan Black but they were able to come to a consensus: Mike Kirtland’s OneMessageID finished in first place followed by Arrow Cone in second and Exo Assistive Technologies in third. Each Finalist received cash prizes and in-kind services to help them seed their fledgling businesses. We hope that they go on to do great things with their businesses in the future.

Hosting one of these events is quite the task but looking at all of the excitement from the crowd and the participants along with the knowledge that the awards given will go to advance entrepreneurial activities makes it all worth it. The 2015 competition is over but we are planning on hosting another Titan Fast Pitch Competition during the Fall Semester. If you are interested in seeing what the previous CSUF Business Plan Competitions were like we covered them in:

Whether you participate as a competitor, an Innovation Exhibitor, or as a member of the audience we sincerely hope to see you at next years’ competition.

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Event: CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

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The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are just a couple days away (April 7 from noon to 3pm to be exact) and I hope that you are able to attend. (RSVP now!)

From noon to 1pm we will be hosting our first Innovator Exhibition where we will showcase some of the creative things our students, alumni, and other community members are doing. Some of the exhibitors who are scheduled to attend include:

  • Our UAV team with their drone that has an eight foot wingspan
  • Our rover team that has created a rover that is very similar to the one currently tooling around on Mars
  • One of our finalists, Exo Assistive Technologies, will be showcasing their invention that assists senior citizens and the physically disabled in lifting common items
  • Our friends from SCORE will be there to promote their wonderful services
  • Our Entrepreneurship Alumni group will also have a representative showcasing his business

There are more and you might not have enough time to view them all if you arrive late so make sure to arrive as early as possible!

Immediately following the Innovator Exhibition we will commence with the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals presentations. As was the case during the first three years of the CSUF Business Plan Competition we have three amazing finalists.

The previously mentioned Exo Assistive Technologies will be presenting their invention that will make it possible for senior citizens and the physically disabled to accomplish normal tasks that most of us take for granted.

OneMessageID is a company that plans on giving every residential and commercial property an online identity whereby the residents can interact with their local community on an online platform. This idea takes aim at servicing the local market unlike any other solution currently available and it is the type of audacious thinking that convinced us to welcome it into our CSUF Startup Incubator.

Arrow Cone is the brainchild of one of our students who is a soccer coach, CSUF Entrepreneurship fraternity/sorority leader, and Dan Black Scholar in Physics and Business. It’s such a deceptively simple idea that there is a good chance that it will become a ubiquitous training device for youth sports in the near future.

We are all very excited to be hosting the fourth CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals on Tuesday, April 7 from noon to 3pm in the Titan Student Union’s Pavilion A. (RSVP now!!!) If you have the time we would love to have you join us in support of our wonderful student-entrepreneurs.

One last thing: If you have the ability we would immensely appreciate it if you could donate some funds to support our efforts to educate and promote the next generation of entrepreneurs. Click here to donate.

Insurance at a Startup with Jerry Conrey

We haven’t written nearly enough about all of the great things that are happening at the CSUF Startup Incubator. Every week we have a different speaker in to talk about their area of expertise, our residents are there launching their businesses, students are coming together to be innovative, and our alumni entrepreneurs have monthly meetings to help each other be better business owners. It’s frequently a lively scene!

Recently, Jerry Conrey, owner of Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers and mentor/donor to the Center for Entrepreneurship/CSUF Startup Incubator/SBI,  gave a talk about the importance of insurance to startups. As it turns out, new ventures need insurance just as much as any other business.

If you’ve been wondering about what are the different dangers that your startup should be insuring against then you should watch the video below. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Product liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • General liability
  • Auto liability
  • And a ton of other areas

(Thanks to Gary Nouskajian from Mr. Conrey’s company for taking this video)

We have been hosting these events pretty much every week since the start of the CSUF Startup Incubator and we have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. If you are interested in attending any of our free events please take a look at all of the events we have (most are at the Incubator) HERE.

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CSUF Business Consulting in Orange County Sparks Innovation

Charlesetta Medina helps business students

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Institute has been at the forefront of innovation in the Orange County market for decades. Every year, we place student teams with local companies to help spur business innovation in marketing, sales, finance, operations, and leadership. These teams of mostly graduating seniors are paired with mentors from the private sector and their professors and they end up having a huge economic impact not only for the businesses that they do consulting projects for but for the region as well.

Recently, Ms. Charlesetta Medina, Manager with the Small Business Institute, was interviewed by the Daily Titan about how we’re able to help local businesses. Here is a taste of what was in the story:

The SBI is a national non-profit organization in its 39th year of business. The center is part of the 14 Centers of Excellence within the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and a program for entrepreneurship.

“We’re a very tiny center but we do make a huge economic impact,” Medina said. “So when you talk about the value for small businesses in our local economy, it’s key.”

That’s what’s really began to turn our economy, is the ability for those small businesses to have held on and still allow for new ones to emerge, Medina said.

Medina reaches out directly by mail to nearly 20,000 local businesses. Then she takes those responses and figures out, “is (SBI) a benefit to them.”

The students involved in SBI take on about 40 small businesses per semester and close to 100 businesses a year.

“They get to work in a team environment, with support and resources from the center, from mentors and from faculty,” Medina said. “And they’re able to bring that really fresh perspective to businesses, many of whom may have been in business for a number of years and they feel like they know their business very well.”

Yet, the generation of students now are able to bring new insight and a new perspective on how to do some of those same tasks, in new and innovative ways that helps that business, Medina said.

To read the rest of the story please click here.

Wouldn’t you like to have this kind of work done for your company? Maybe you know of a company that would benefit from our services. Either way, if you are interested in our services please contact Ms. Charlesetta Medina at 657 278 3464 or by email  at cymedina@fullerton.edu to find out more about our program.

Casting Call for the Investment Club

Are you an entrepreneur that has ever considered being on television? Well, then, you must read the following then:

The Casting Firm, Oxygen & FremantleMedia (American Idol, America’s Got Talent), along with a team of investors and self-made moguls, are on a nationwide search to discover the nation’s most brilliant entrepreneurs!
  • Do you have an innovative business concept, product, invention, or startup company – but you need financial backing and guidance to jumpstart your venture?
  • Does your product or business have potential to be the next million or billion-dollar idea?
  • Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a brilliant new product line or concept but you need an angel investor to help get it off the ground or take it to the next level?
  • Most importantly – DO YOU WANT THE CHANCE TO QUIT YOUR DAY JOB AND PURSUE YOUR TRUE PASSION? 
“THE INVESTMENT CLUB” is an exciting new entrepreneurial series that will feature passionate millennials ready to make their mark in entrepreneurial history, give them the opportunity to pitch their concept to some of the country’s most successful business leaders, and showcase their company or product in front of millions!

If selected, our team of self-made moguls will mentor and guide you along the way!

Whether you have a start up, an operating business, or just a fantastic prototype and business plan, we want to hear from you!

PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING ASAP TO: Cherish Hamutoff at CastMe@TheCastingFirm.com
  • Full name 
  • Age (must be 18+)
  • Phone number & email address
  • City/State you live in
  • A brief description of your business or product
  • Photos and/or links to your product or business
  • A photo of yourself
  • Why do you think you’d be great for the show?
***All applicants must be legal US residents.

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CSUF Entrepreneur Society: Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen is the owner of online beauty boutique West Side Annex and a leader of the CSUF Entrepreneur Society

Pauline Nguyen is the owner of online beauty boutique West Side Annex and a leader of the CSUF Entrepreneur Society

The oldest entrepreneurship club at Cal State Fullerton is the Entrepreneur Society and they are doing an amazing series of posts featuring one of their student-entrepreneurs in each post called 10 for 10. One of the recent stories featured Pauline Nguyen, who has served as the club’s president and continues to be a leader for the Entrepreneur Society.

Pauline is the sole force behind an online beauty boutique called West Side Annex, which is an online retailer of fine accessories for free-spirited young women that Pauline tirelessly curates. This is no mean feat as it requires Pauline to manage the site, market her style in a crowded market, procure all of the merchandise, manage the finances of her company, and everything else.

Pauline has some poignant advice for others who are considering an entrepreneurial path:

It’s imperative to not be afraid of getting out there and putting forth the time and effort to achieve your goals.

At the Center for Entrepreneurship, we frequently have students come in seeking guidance about how to be a successful entrepreneur and what Pauline said is, in a nutshell, the crux of being a good entrepreneur. Part of it is having a good idea, a solid team, knowledge, and all the rest but what seems to separate the wheat from the chafe is tenacity; the tenacity to see an idea through to the end and being willing to outwork your competitors.

We are proud to say that we have worked closely with Pauline on many projects and knowing what her work ethic is like we know that you can learn a lot from her as an entrepreneur and as a person. For more information on what it takes to do what Pauline does please take a look at the Entrepreneur Society’s writeup on her venture.

CSUF Campus Authors Recognized

150226 Socially Close - Book CoverAnd one of those authors was none other than Director John Bradley Jackson. Last year, Director Jackson published Socially Close: Social Media Marketing for Small Business, which is about how businesses should be using social media in their marketing campaigns.

Here’s a description of the book from Director Jackson’s website:

  • Frustrated with social media at your small business?
  • Confused by the stampede of new social networks and their ever-changing features?
  • Not getting the return on investment that you expected?

If that sounds familiar, then this is the book for you. For most small businesses, the promise of social media is to get found on the web, build brand awareness, create a dialog, nurture relationships, establish trust, and encourage people to buy your products and services. Making that promise a reality requires a vibrant social media strategy, an intimate knowledge of the brand, and a disciplined social media effort.

The title, “Socially Close”, describes the desired end-game of using social media. With so many choices on the web today, buyers are increasingly sophisticated and need more than a succinct description of your products and services. While it is true that the web provides some customers an auction like atmosphere with low price and quickest delivery, this type of customer relationship is short-lived since there is always a lower price or a quicker lead-time offered by a competitor.

It is my opinion that many customers prefer to establish a trust-based relationship with their providers. The customer who trusts your business is much more likely to do business with you again and to recommend you to others. This is the type of customer that you want to have a close relationship with and keep for the long term. This nurturing of relationships, whether they are new or sustained, is how social media can help the small business.

Unlike the large business which may have substantial resources for managing social media, the small firm may have few resources. Yet, the small firm may receive the best return on investment due to the scaling impact of social media. Thus, social media can greatly accelerate the relationship growth rate between customer and small firm which this book describes as being socially close.

For a full list of the authors honored at the event click HERE.

Event: CSUF Entrepreneurship Town Hall

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Town Hall meetings are part of the fabric that is America and we are honored to be able to add a little to it on March 2 from 10:00am to 11:00am. Director Jackson will facilitate a Town Hall meeting for Mihaylo College that day focusing on engagement in High Impact Practices (HIPs).

Some of the issues that Director Jackson will discuss include:

  • What motivated him to develop courses that contained elements of a High Impact Practice (HIP)?
  • What is the impact on students who participate in courses with a HIPs emphasis?
  • If there are any students present (and we sure hope there are) what has been their experience with courses that have a HIP emphasis and what value did the experience add to their academic development? What was their “aha” moment?
  • What co-curricular or external resources does our program provide to the development of HIPs?

If you would like to attend this Town Hall in person or even watch the stream of this event please RSVP here and select the Mihaylo College Town Hall.

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Amerika Bernal of BliviO Technologies accepting award for the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Award from Dorota Huizinga and John Bradley Jackson

Amerika Bernal of BliviO Technologies accepting award for the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Award from Dorota Huizinga and John Bradley Jackson

The 2015 CSUF Business Plan Competition is underway; are you on board yet?

For the past few years we have hosted the premiere business competition on the CSUF campus. The CSUF Business Plan Competition is open to all current CSUF students, all you need is a business idea.

If you are interested in joining the CSUF Business Plan Competition please sign up no later than February 27 – SIGN UP HERE.

Also, by February 27, you will need to complete a short questionnaire – FOUND HERE – about your business idea and email it to Travis at tlindsay@fullerton.edu

From this pool of submissions we will decide who will advance to the Semifinals. People/teams that reach the Semifinals are required to give a presentation (we recommend using PowerPoint). After that, the top three teams advance to the Finals where they will give a somewhat longer presentation to a few more people.

But those are merely details to consider in the future, right now we want you to think about your business idea. Your idea doesn’t have to be predicated on groundbreaking science or the next billion dollar startup (although either would help…). Our competition is open to all current CSUF students with a passion for Entrepreneurship and the ability to answer (and submit to tlindsay@fullerton.edu by February 27) answers to our Business Concept Questionnaire. Some of the questions include:

  • What’s new or different about what you’re making?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • What are your different revenue streams?
  • Who is your target customer?

Including those four questions, competitors have to answer 21 simple questions. The point of this exercise is to help us understand your business more thoroughly and based off of this understanding we decide which concepts move forward.

If you have any questions about this competition please get in touch with Travis at tlindsay@fullerton.edu and he will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.

2015 CSUF Entrepreneurship Scholarships Announced

For many years, Jerry Conrey (left) has supported the Conrey Insurance Brokers & Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship. This year, the scholarship went to Sam Cisneros (right).

For many years, Jerry Conrey (left) has supported the Conrey Insurance Brokers & Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship. In 2014, the scholarship went to Sam Cisneros (right). Who will win it this year?

Every spring semester we are proud to offer at least one scholarship to our Entrepreneurship students. This semester we have two scholarships. Key info for each scholarship is below followed by instructions on how to submit a scholarship application.

Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship sponsored by Jerry Conrey

Amount: $3,000

Established by:
This scholarship was established by Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers on behalf of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton.

Open to:
This scholarship is open to full-time students in their junior year, entering their senior year in the upcoming fall semester—all applicants must be majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Criteria:
2.5 GPA (employed and/or extracurricular activities)
3.0 GPA (unemployed or not involved in extracurricular activities)

- Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services Entrepreneurial Scholarship sponsored by Karla Amador

Amount: $1,000

Established by:
This scholarship was established by Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services on behalf of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton.

Open to:
This scholarship is open to students majoring or minoring in Entrepreneurship and enrolled during the Spring 2015 semester.

Criteria:
2.5 GPA

Scholarship Application Process

The online application will be available February 1. To access the application, go to your CSUF portal (be sure to use the new portal) and click on the “Scholarships” icon. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to answer all questions.

All applications are due by March 6.

CSUF Entrepreneurship Mentor Bob Kreisberg Rediscovers his love for the Saxophone

PHOTO: CINDY YAMANAKA, OC REGISTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTO: CINDY YAMANAKA, OC REGISTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As a mentor in our program, Bob Kreisberg has helped hundreds of students understand the importance of how different personalities affect entrepreneurial ventures. As the founder of Opus Productivity, Bob counsels companies on how to hire people with the highest likelihood of fitting in with a company’s culture and how to get the most out of new and existing employees. Bob has a great mind for business and is a very valuable member of our entrepreneurial community.

But that’s not the point of this post. For those of us who know Bob personally we know that he is a kind and generous person. Having beaten cancer Bob is also a fighter. One thing many people, even some of his closest friends, didn’t know is that Bob used to love playing the saxophone and it was that love of this instrument that recently got him profiled in the Orange County Register.

In the story Villa Park man rediscovers saxophone 46 years after illness I learned about Bob’s sojourn to find the perfect saxophone that he last played decades ago:

Kreisberg remembered clutching the raw brass relic for the first time. He was standing beside an orchestra’s worth of forgotten instruments and between the shelves of power tools and sharp-toothed handsaws, and he held the sax next to his heart.

He was reunited with an instrument – no, not the same instrument, but one just like it – that he hadn’t played in 46 years.

“This was a magic,” he said of the new/old sax. “This had to have been played by a musician.”

You really should read the whole article to learn about this personal pursuit of one of our mentors.

Event: CSUF Business Plan Competition’s Second Boot Camp

CSUF Business Plan CompetitionIt’s the spring semester, which means that it’s time for the annual CSUF Business Plan Competition! For a few years now the Center for Entrepreneurship has held this competition for all current CSUF students who have an entrepreneurial heart. If you have the slightest inkling of an idea you owe it to yourself to test it out in this competition because you will get valuable feedback and you might be sitting on an idea that has serious potential.

Last year the team of White Light Medical took home the top honors with their idea that assists surgeons performing back surgeries, second place went to Eagle Eye Engineering with their invention that helps archers train more effectively off season, and third place went to Cordomi Rentals with their idea of helping match up pet owners with the right rental property. As you can tell there are a wide range of ideas submitted each year and these ideas came from competitors representing 23 different majors/concentrations; it really is anybody’s competition to win!

Each year we have sponsored non-mandatory Boot Camps for people who are interested in entering the CSUF Business Plan Competition. The second (and final) Boot Camp for the CSUF Business Plan Competition is set for Tuesday, February 10 in University Hall (UH) 246. Come to learn about the CSUF Business Plan Competition, get your questions answered by Dr. David Obstfeld and Travis Lindsay, network with others (and maybe find like-minded teammates), and have a general good time.

Please RSVP for this event by going to HERE.

You don’t have to attend a Boot Camp in order to compete but you do have to sign up – Found Here – for the CSUF Business Plan Competition by February 20 and submit a completed Business Concept Questionnaire – Found Here – by February 27 (dates subject to change).

The PowerPoint used by Dr. Atul Teckchandani for the first Boot Camp can be found HERE.

General information about the CSUF Business Plan Competition can be found HERE.

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Event Highlights: Successful Women and how they Think about Business Differently

IMG_0254The other day we posted the full audio of our recent panel titled: “Successful Women and how they Think about Business Differently.” It’s a great listen and while we do recommend listening to the whole panel discussion we now also have video highlights from the event. Enjoy!