Monthly Archives: February 2017

Thank You Jim Roberts

2d78169Our longtime friend and CSUF Entrepreneurship in-class mentor Jim Roberts has passed on after a short illness. Most of us are no doubt shocked that Jim was sick and battling cancer. I know I was caught by surprise.

Jim retired in 2008 from a long and successful career in the Financial Services industry. Having always enjoyed helping people, he joined SCORE Orange County and since that time counseled nearly 600 small business owners, given numerous presentations to business and educational groups and designed several training programs to teach badly needed business skills. He was also a member of the SCORE leadership team.

He was also a sought-after speaker for business luncheons and dinners, presenting a variety of topics of interest to mixed audiences. Jim’s common sense approach to business issues and his ability to get quickly to the core of problems made him a popular resource for business owners and professionals.

At CSUF, Jim was an invaluable mentor to our Entrepreneurship students. His avuncular manner and keen insight were a welcome addition to my marketing classroom.  Recently, he partnered with fellow SCORE volunteer Bob Godlasky on a startup consulting project called “Open Castings.” Jim’s steady hand and commitment to the students helped deliver an outstanding result. Our clients, Bill Taormina, Sr and Will Taormina, Jr reported that this project was the “best project ever in ten years of collaboration with CSUF Entrepreneurship.” As always,  Jim asked for nothing in return.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia, of 39 years. Although they didn’t have children, their family consisted of rescue dogs, the latest being Basset Hounds Norton and Lucy. In his spare time, he enjoyed a good cigar, a rare pipe tobacco, a glass of bourbon, listening to music, boating on the ocean and riding his motorcycle.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 4pm to 8pm. The funeral will be Friday, March 3rd at 2pm. Both services will be held at McAulay and Wallace Funeral Home at 902 North Harbor in Fullerton. The burial follows at Loma Vista Cemetery on Bastanchury Road in Fullerton.

Jim Roberts, thank you for your many contributions to the Entrepreneurship program at CSUF and our community. You will be missed.

John Bradley Jackson

Director for Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Institute, and CSUF Startup Incubator
Professor, Entrepreneurship
CSUF

CSUF Business Plan Competition Applications Due Soon!

Mandy Wang & Miguel Olivares; the winners of the CSUF Business Plan Competition in 2016

Mandy Wang & Miguel Olivares; the winners of the CSUF Business Plan Competition in 2016

This is the sixth year in a row that we will be hosting the CSUF Business Plan Competition and, in my opinion at least, this competition is a great way for CSUF students to get their entrepreneurial feet wet. This competition is for every student who has an idea that they think would make for a great business and, hopefully, this competition will get them started down the road to becoming an entrepreneur. Applications are due March 5 so make sure to get your application in quickly!

More info on the CSUF Business Plan Competition is in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider along with a lot of other great stuff and a list of upcoming events.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition was created for all CSUF students with creative concepts that they think would make for a good business. In other words, this competition is all about encouraging CSUF students to take their first steps in becoming an entrepreneur.

Completing a short application is the first step for entering the CSUF Business Plan Competition. The purpose of this application is to help us understand what the student’s concept is and how well they have thought it through. Applications are due Sunday, March 5 at 11:55pm; make sure to get your application in or, if you’re not a current CSUF student, encourage those in your network who are to enter this competition.

There are multiple rounds to this competition that culminates in the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals on April 14. All are welcomed to the Finals but only the top competitors will be vying for a share of over $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 in in-kind awards (consulting time with some of our mentors from our program). There will also be opportunity drawings for those in attendance.

For those who enter this competition mentors will be made available to help in the development of the your concept and to help you prepare for presentations.

Please go to the CSUF Business Plan Competition site for a full list of rules and more information on how to enter this competition.

We look forward to seeing all of the innovative concepts that come out of this competition and hopefully some will follow through and start a business that changes their lives and benefits the world!

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Students Become Innovation Fellows

Lorenzo Santos (L) and Vanessa Ganaden (R) are working to bring more innovation to the Cal State Fullerton campus as University Innovation Fellows

Lorenzo Santos (L) and Vanessa Ganaden (R) are working to bring more innovation to the Cal State Fullerton campus as University Innovation Fellows

Three CSUF students were recently named University Innovation Fellows (UIF). As fellows, the students become part of a national group of other innovation-minded students who are learning how to bring techniques to foster innovation back to their universities.

This is the second group of CSUF students to become Innovation Fellows. The first pair of University Innovation Fellows were Amerika Bernal and Cristian Sanchez. They brought back what they learned from the UIF program at Stanford University and help to start the co-ed fraternity Sigma Upsilon Mu and were involved in many other innovative projects on campus. One such initiative was fostering closer relations between business and engineering students that continues to this day.

Vanessa Ganaden, one of the current UIF participants, has big goals in mind for bringing innovation to Cal State Fullerton.

“Our goal for participating in this program is to learn different frameworks for promoting innovation within the university,” said Vanessa. “We were able to do that with Student Innovation Collective [SINC is a student club that promotes innovation on campus]. Our next goal is to leverage what we learned from University Innovation Fellows to create a makerspace on campus where students can come together to work on ideas and projects.”

From the OC Register:

Cal State Fullerton students Lorenzo Santos, Vanessa Ganaden and Steven Debolt have been named University Innovation Fellows.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides fellowships for students worldwide who aspire to and advocate to create change at their schools. It is managed by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The students were chosen from students in 49 higher education institutions in four countries.

Vanessa and Lorenzo are already hard at work bringing innovative initiatives to Cal State Fullerton by helping to promote and lead student groups preparing for the CSUF Business Plan Competition and through SINC. And they recently returned from a conference at Stanford where they were able to learn many valuable techniques for promoting innovation on campus and they also had the opportunity to work with many key CSUF influencers, including CSUF President, Mildred Garcia. We will be publishing a more in-depth story about that soon.


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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 TO LICENSE YOUR GENIUS IDEA!” Featuring Stephen Key

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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 Announcement on Daily Titan

At the CSUF Business Plan Competition: Amerika Bernal (Center) accepting the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Award from Dorota Huizinga (L) and Center Director John Bradley Jackson (R)

At the CSUF Business Plan Competition: Amerika Bernal (Center) accepting the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Award from Dorota Huizinga (L) and Center Director John Bradley Jackson (R)

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is a great competition for any student with an idea that needs to be heard. All you have to do to enter is submit a short application by March 5th to be considered. If you advance far enough in this competition you can win scholarships, in-kind awards (consulting time) with professionals, and, who knows?, you may even end up starting your own business. What do you have to lose?

The Daily Titan recently published a report on the upcoming CSUF Business Plan Competition (excerpted below).

Specific awards for this year’s competition have not been announced yet, but more than $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 in-kind awards, payment made in the form of goods and services, are being offered.

The cash sponsors include the Dan Black Family Foundation, Vijay Raman and Robert Jechart. In-kind services include Hein, LegalZoom, College Web Media and more.


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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 Startup Incubator Featured in Orange County Register

Phillip Stinis, left, with resident Jonny May, right, who's online piano program "Learn to Play with Jonny May," is moving to the next level. Stinis helped launch the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia, an extension of the entrepreneurship program where select students are granted the opportunity of receiving one-on-one guidance from entrepreneurial professionals. The program matches mentors to the residents who can be students or community members. The incubator was photographed on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in downtown Placentia. in Placentia on Friday, February 17, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Phillip Stinis, left, with resident Jonny May, right, who’s online piano program “Learn to Play with Jonny May,” is moving to the next level. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The CSUF Startup Incubator was recently featured in the OC Register. Below is an excerpt.

Geoff Pascual is a self-taught painter taking his bold watercolor creations to the digital world.

The recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s entrepreneurship program has turned his passion for painting into a business by taking his artwork to conventions and galleries. He is now focused on connecting online audiences to his work.

“If you have an idea and you feel it kind of stirring in your soul, you definitely need to act on it right away because there is something there,” Pascual, 23, said.

Pascual is getting help from the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia. He receives face-to-face coaching from entrepreneurial professionals to move his business, Pascual Productions, forward.

“The Startup Incubator has helped me greatly in regards to networking, gaining feedback and advice from mentors and professionals from all walks of life,” he said. “It’s a great place to learn and gain knowledge about business when you’re surrounded by people with similar mindsets.”

The incubator launched two years ago in downtown Placentia to support new ventures by students, alumni and community members. The 900-square-foot space features a meeting room and study rooms for mentoring and networking events. The fee-based program has accepted 22 resident startups, of which 15 remain active at the incubator.

“For us, incubation is a six-month program where we collaborate with residents and then set them free,” said John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and director of the Startup Incubator. “The world of investing is a brutal place and at our incubator, we can speak the truth and coach them with the intent of helping the business succeed and avoid mistakes.”


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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

What Green Tech Inventors Need To Know – CSUF Entrepreneurship Event

green-energy-csuf-entrepreneurshipThis Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) we welcome green tech inventor Dan Schuephach to talk about his experiences in the green tech industry. Since he is an inventor we think he will be able to provide an interesting viewpoint that is valuable to you whether you are an inventor, entrepreneur, or investor. We hope to see you there! Details are as follows:

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-green-tech-inventors-need-to-know-csuf-startup-incubator-tickets-31824799833?aff=blog

Dan Schuephach is a veteran inventor in the green technology industry and he will be visiting the CSUF Startup Incubator to discuss the many lessons that he has learned over the years. If you are an inventor in this area or would like to work with or invest in green tech investors then this talk is meant for you.

We hope to see you there!


#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/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