Monthly Archives: May 2016

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident’s Kickstarter Campaign

Knightly TalesAbout three weeks ago we published Dragons Eye Entertainment Set to Launch First Video Game – CSUF Startup Incubator Resident and we just wanted to update you a little to let you know that the Kickstarter campaign is live!
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Legal Advice Office Hours @ CSUF Startup Incubator

David Van Sambeek

David Van Sambeek will have office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator to help business owners and entrepreneurs with any business or startup-related legal advice once every other week.

On Tuesday, we will be launching our Legal Advice Office Hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator. These office hours are a great time to bring any legal questions you have about your business to a veteran litigator, David Van Sambeek. The link for the upcoming office hours is here:

David Van Sambeek is an attorney for Wellman & Warren, LLP and he has graciously agreed to hold office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator regularly for our Residents, students, and everyone else in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. If you are interested in asking David some questions about the law (see his areas of expertise below) please make sure to click the register button above and pick a time that works for you. (If there are no times available we probably have other times available on another day.)

David has represented 100s of companies as outside retained counsel. He currently represents clients headquartered in America, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, the EU, and Ukraine.  Historical representation of clients has included organization, launch, financing, securities matters, franchising, day-to-day operations, contract drafting, TM and Trade Secret protection, employment matters, joint ventures, mergers/acquisitions, and regulatory issues unique to each industry. He has launched companies/subsidiaries in foreign countries including Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines and various EU nations.

Although his practice is primarily “transactional” in nature, David has defended his clients in various litigation matters, including civil suits and regulator matters (FDA, FTC, SEC, and numerous State Attorney General offices).

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Are Millennials Becoming Entrepreneurs?

L-R: Curt Cuscino, CEO, HypeLife Brands; John Jackson, director of Cal State Fullerton's Center for Entrepreneurship and Sophia Parsa, founder of Toot (courtesy of Take Two)

L-R: Curt Cuscino, CEO, HypeLife Brands; John Jackson, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Sophia Parsa, founder of Toot (courtesy of Take Two)

Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson recently discussed how Millennials view entrepreneurship and business in general with a panel that included upcoming CSUF Startup Incubator speaker Curt Cuscino, CEO of HypeLife Brands, and Sophia Parsa, founder of Toot.

The panel discussion is less than fifteen minutes and can be listened to by going here:

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CSUF Mentors Middle School Students in STEM and Entrepreneurship

Amerika Bernal CSUF alumna

CSUF Entrepreneurship alumna, Amerika Bernal, along with a consortium of CSUF executives, directors, professors, and other students helped teach middle school children about Entrepreneurship and STEM.

At the Center for Entrepreneurship we definitely have a fascination with STEM. One of our Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator, KIDnetic Energy Labs, has it as their mission to help teach students about STEM; Amerika Bernal, one of our recent graduates, is pursuing a career in STEM; and we have been heavily involved in mentoring middle school students STEM and Entrepreneurship the last couple of years since winning a $1 Million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Recently, this program wrapped up another successful year of teaching underprivileged middle school students about STEM and Entrepreneurship. Summarized in CSUF Students Mentor Junior High School Students in STEM Subjects, we can say that it has been a thrill getting the opportunity to help mentor these students. Seeing the light bulbs flickering on as they have epiphanies about how science or math can be extremely useful to them when they grow up is a treat.

What we have found is that one of the most important things undermining STEM education with many younger students is the belief that STEM subjects just really aren’t necessary to them once they become an adult. Continue reading

CSUF Startup Incubator Open House

CSUF Startup Incubator Open HouseOn Wednesday, May 11 from 5pm to 8pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia we are going to open the doors to everyone in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community (and everyone else as well)! We will be showcasing the cool concepts that are being worked on by our residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator, we will have Sudanese food courtesy of CSUF Professor Zack Dafaallah, and we are expecting a ton of people will be there to network with.

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Dragons Eye Entertainment Set to Launch First Video Game – CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Dragon's Eye EntertainmentSince the CSUF Startup Incubator launched in January of 2015 we have worked with a lot of impressive entrepreneurs. One of those entrepreneurs is Justin Lancy. A veteran, Justin has been working on his dream of developing and launching a video game for a number of years now. In the middle of 2015, he joined the CSUF Startup Incubator so that we could help him propel his game forward and closer to launch.

We are excited to announce that Justin is about to launch his first game, Knightly Tales. I was able to catch up with Justin recently to ask him some questions about his entrepreneurial journey.

Travis Lindsay, CSUF Startup Incubator: Dragons Eye Entertainment was one of the first startups accepted into the CSUF Startup Incubator. How did the CSUF Startup Incubator assist you in getting to this point in your startup? Was it worthwhile?  

Justin Lancy, Founder of Dragons Eye Entertainment: The incubator was a big help. A big part of it was the connections that it helped me establish to build the amazing team that we have now. There are plenty of other connections that were established through meetings that I’ve had at the various functions held at the office. A major one would be introducing me to Lee Decker who has helped immensely with the crowdfunding as well as working to bring me into the Global Entrepreneurship program from IBM.

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