Monthly Archives: May 2014

CSUF Entrepreneur Success Story: Linsey Fornaca ’08

Linsey Fornaca (left) with sister

You could say the spark started back in high school when The Wedding Planner movie came out (2001), because ever since then, my sister and I have known that wedding planning and coordination was the direction our lives were meant to go. We can prove it because every class project and senior project was fashioned around our future dream business and the wedding industry. Our passion and drive to help brides and grooms was there, but we had no idea how to make it happen. Then, I came across the CSUF Entrepreneurship program and was inspired to go through the motions of opening up an official business. Here is our story.

Before being a part of the Entrepreneurship program, I felt lost and had no idea what to do to get started. My major was undeclared for a long time because I wanted something that was going to help me plan weddings, but I couldn’t commit to one subject. Everyone I talked to laughed at me for wanting to plan weddings and in their lack of understanding simply said, “Good luck with that!” Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneur Success Story: Samer Baroudi ’10

Samer Baroudi

After graduating from CSUF with a Business Degree in Entrepreneurship I have been very busy and I have cherished every moment of it! Coming out of college in 2010, I began working in Sales at a web security company in my hometown here in the Bay Area. Before long, I was offered what I consider my ideal career opportunity to work at an early stage VC-backed mobile security company.

Being the first business hire at a technology startup is giving me the chance to learn and explore a lot of different areas simultaneously, namely:

  • Sales (identifying opportunities and closing deals)
  • Support (onboarding customers)
  • Business Development (partnering/evangelizing within Wireless Carriers) Continue reading

2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals – Videos

A little over a month ago we held the 3rd annual CSUF Business Plan Competition and we have had the videos of the three presentations up on our YouTube channel within a week of the Finals. But we didn’t have it on the blog… until now!

Okay, so this isn’t a huge reveal at this point but the presentations are still as fresh and impressive as they were the day of the Finals. Below is the playlist of the three Finalist presentations. The videos are a bit long, each lasting a little over twenty minutes (fifteen minute presentation with a ten minute Q&A period), but they are well worth the watch.

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How can a CSUF MBA Consulting Team Help Your Business?

CSUF Business Consulting Team that won National Small Business Institute Project of the Year Competition!

For more than two decades, CSUF MBAs have been helping business owners like you develop successful business strategies that have improved profits. We have an extraordinary record of success winning many awards and producing results for our clients.

As a client you will be matched with a student consulting team and instructor. The objective of the team’s consulting project is to help you make lasting improvements to your business. By trusting us, and participating in our consulting process, you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Conduct a full strategic review of your firm including finance, operations, human resources and marketing.
  2. Receive practical recommendations for improving your venture.
  3. Obtain a fresh, independent view of your venture and new ideas on how to enhance your business.

To be considered please complete our Request for Consulting Application. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 23 for consideration in our Summer 2014 period. Client involvement will begin early June. Please contact Ms. Charlesetta Medina, Field Case Coordinator, at 657 278 8243 or by email at cymedina@fullerton.edu.

Innovation Fail

The following was written by Dr. Atul Teckchandani, one of the great professors teaching Entrepreneurship at CSUF.

Entrepreneurs innovate. Every industry can benefit from innovation. But this trend of putting electronics in everything concerns me – just adding technology to an existing product does not make it innovative. The best innovations are things that meaningfully improve the overall experience of using a product or service.

Let me illustrate this point with an example. An “innovation” that, in my opinion, got it all wrong is the touch-less paper towel dispenser. These are showing up in public restrooms everywhere. I suspect the primary benefit of these dispensers is that it minimizes the transfer of germs from one person to another. Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony

On Friday, May 9 at 1:00pm in Mihaylo Hall room 1307 we will be hosting an Awards Ceremony (Please RSVP) commemorating all of the great contributions to CSUF Entrepreneurship during the 2013-14 school year, including:

Eagle Eye Engineering presenting at the 2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition

  • We recently completed the 3rd Annual CSUF Business Plan Competition awarding the top prize to White Light Medical. What was particularly encouraging about this competition was the fact that over half of the contestants were from outside Mihaylo College, meaning that our message is reaching students all over campus.
  • The White Light Medical also represented us in Chapman’s California Dreamin’ competition where they finished in the Semifinals. Congratulations guys! Continue reading