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About CSUF Entrepreneurship

We teach, coach and lead the principled, cross-disciplinary practice of entrepreneurship. We believe that, through determined practice, leadership and team work, our students, faculty, clients, volunteers and alums can systematically recombine the new and the old to forge new ventures, create an entrepreneurial culture, and dramatically benefit our community.

Jonny May ’17 Piano Christmas Cheer in One Minute

Jonny May ’17 is a CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus who has harnessed his entrepreneurial studies at Cal State Fullerton into a thriving startup where he teaches people how to play the piano called Piano with Jonny. For the season, he has released a video where he plays eight different Christmas songs in one minute. Enjoy!


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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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Family Business Class for Spring 2018 Semester at Cal State Fullerton

Being a part of a family business comes with unique challenges but there are best practices for dealing with those challenges. And the best way to learn these best practices is not through trial and error; family is too important and those errors can add up to hurt feelings and ruined relationships. That’s why we think that it’s a great idea to learn what those best practices are so that you can deal with those challenges head on. Fortunately, for Cal State Fullerton students there is a class built specifically for you. Below is a flier with the important information about this class, including information on how to sign up.

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Pitch Investors

Last Friday was the culmination of a lot of work on the part of CSUF Entrepreneurship students. They pitched their startups to an august group of judges. Read more in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

At the end of every semester our entrepreneurship students get the opportunity to present their startups to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, and professionals of all stripes. These presentations are the culmination of at least a semester’s worth of hard work on the part of the students, their mentors, and professors and these presentations are not just academic exercises; they can be a pivotal step towards creating a sustainable business or nonprofit.
The latest presentations occurred last Friday and while it’s still too soon to tell I think that some of the startups have a good shot at becoming real businesses. And this isn’t just me talking, many of the judges felt the same way and, more importantly, many of our students have expressed to me that they have every intention of moving forward as well.
As these students progress we will definitely keep you informed about their progress but, right now, I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this process from day one to now. This list includes my colleagues at the Center for Entrepreneurship and professors Jack Mixner and Jeff Longshaw, both of whom have done excellent jobs teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs. The mentors in the classroom selflessly give of their time every week to help the students forge stronger startups; many thanks to all of you. Of course, the judges from Friday deserve a tremendous amount of kudos as well; some of them may even end up investing in some of the students they heard from.
And I also want to thank the students. Majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship is not an easy road to take. There are many long nights behind them that they spent developing their startups and I’m sure that there will be many long nights ahead of them as well as they work on the next big thing.
But that is the point, right? We are all endeavoring to do something that we love, something entrepreneurial. Maybe none of the startups pitched on Friday will get launched (but I think some of them will); the point is that an entrepreneurial education at Cal State Fullerton uniquely prepares our students for whatever path they decide to take. And they know that the CSUF Entrepreneurship community will be there for them along the way.
Sincerely,
John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator
 

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New Cal State Fullerton incubator in Irvine will nurture local startups – OC Register

CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Open House (8)The OC Register recently featured the CSUF Startup Incubator and our recent open house for our second Incubator office. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship opened a startup incubator in Irvine this month, joining a 2-year-old smaller one in Placentia. The new facility on the university’s Irvine campus houses space to provide coaching to entrepreneurs, host seminars and bring in experts – including lawyers, CPAs, marketers, and professors – to hold office hours.

“Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking. It’s a way of doing,” said John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the startup incubators, at a reception Nov. 15 celebrating the opening. There are about 200 CSUF students majoring in business administration with an entrepreneurship concentration.

“They’re all just a little different,” Jackson said. “They’ve got something going on. They’re selling stuff on Craigslist, on eBay, Amazon. They’re saying, ‘I don’t want to work for Amazon or B of A. I kind of want to do my own thing.’ I always felt they needed a place to go to get some support to do that, and that’s what our new incubator is.”

We are looking forward to doing many great things in our Irvine office and hope that you can be a part of that.


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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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Faculty and Business Leaders Rally to Open CSUF’s Second Startup Incubator

Students like Rachel Herzog '18 will greatly benefit from the new CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine location.

Students like Rachel Herzog ’18 will greatly benefit from the new CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine location.

Cal State Fullerton’s News Center recently published a great article about the new CSUF Startup Incubator location that we are opening up at the CSUF Irvine campus. Below is an excerpt and make sure to check the whole article out:

“We’re also attracting a different type of business in Irvine,” Jackson added, comparing the Irvine location to the University’s Placentia site on Bradford Avenue. “High-tech is the predominant partner in Irvine.”

CSUF’s incubator offers six-month residencies for startups, connecting the company’s representative with a consulting team of students and their coach — a compatible mentor selected from a pool of 600 business leaders. Together the group works toward the resident’s goals, including studying market analysis, building a marketing strategy, creating a business plan, developing a startup team and launching the business.

Quarterly reviews and presentations keep the projects on schedule, and startups also can benefit from the University’s connections to potential investors and funding sources, Jackson said.

“The value to students is huge,” said Marc Pakbaz, a CSUF entrepreneurship ambassador and part-time lecturer. “We are not teaching from an education theme only. This is the best way to learn,” said the senior business consultant with AXORO. “I started my first business 30 years ago and I made mistakes. Thirty years ago, there weren’t mentors and coaches available to help.”


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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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Marketing Position Opportunity at Local Law Firm

One of the members of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community is looking to hire a passionate student or recent graduate who is looking to get their start in marketing. The company is the Jafari Law Group and they are specifically looking for someone who can turbocharge their social media marketing efforts. Here’s a synopsis of who they are looking for:

Jafari Law Group, a boutique Intellectual Property Law firm established in 2005 and located in Irvine, CA is looking for a digital media and marketing specialist. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of social media platforms, content creation including video and a degree in business, finance, or marketing. If you are a highly motivated individual, and are ready to use your judgment and creativity to help us become most visible on the digital media platform, we want to speak with you. Please send resume and cover letter to djafari@jafarilawgroup.com.

 

CSUF Home Stretch for 2017

CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Open House (11)

2017 is almost over but there is still a lot of work to be done! Check out this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider and let us know what you have left to accomplish this year.

With December starting later this week there is not much time left in 2017. I hope that your year has been as productive and enjoyable as the year CSUF Entrepreneurship has had so far. And we have more things to accomplish before we turn the calendar over to 2018!

One of our recent milestones was launching our second CSUF Startup Incubator office on the CSUF Irvine campus. More than 200 people showed up to take a look at the new space and to network with other members of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. Earlier this morning, we posted some of the pictures that we took at the event and if you were one of the people who attended (or are just interested in getting involved at our Irvine office) please connect with me so that we can explore options. We are always looking for guest speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs who are eager to start their businesses.

While we do not have any events scheduled in Irvine for the rest of 2017 we will be hosting office hours there and at our Placentia office. If you are working on an idea for an innovative startup make sure to check out these office hours because they are a great way to get some valuable feedback from startup experts in a one-on-one setting. And if you are actively starting a business and would like the expert assistance of the CSUF Startup Incubator and its coaches please get in touch with me and we can discuss how we can help you go from concept to launch.

What do you have left to accomplish in 2017? I’d like to hear about it.

Sincerely,

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

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