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Innovation At Cal State Fullerton – It Starts With You

CSUF students Lorenzo Santos and Vanessa Ganaden are working to bring more innovation to Cal State Fullerton

In this week’s edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider we focus on how innovation starts with you. Everyone has the ability to improve things and the seed of all innovation is an idea. Successful innovators are the ones who work every day to make those ideas into something real.

Over the past few weeks the CSUF Entrepreneurship community has been busy. A couple of our intrepid students attended a national conference along with CSUF President Garcia to learn how to bring more innovation to campus, and they have already begun acting on what they learned; many students have entered their innovative business concepts in the CSUF Business Plan Competition; and more of our CSUF Startup Incubator Residents have brought their innovations to market, one of them focusing on bringing joy to his customers and another on teaching his customers how to play the piano better.

Innovation, the lifeblood of entrepreneurship, comes from individuals and teams taking actions to create a better world. The Center for Entrepreneurship and the CSUF Startup Incubator innovates as well but what we excel at is working with individuals and teams to make them better innovators and better entrepreneurs.

What all of these stories have in common is that these innovators started small. Theirs is no overnight success story; they started from an idea and worked to grow it day after day. You can do this as well. We are here to help.

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Business Plan Competition Application Due Tomorrow: Tips for Creating a Great Concept Fast

CSUF Student-Entrepreneur leader Vanessa Ganaden shares her tips on how to quickly come up with a great business concept for those who are thinking about applying for the CSUF Business Plan Competition but not sure what business concept to submit

Applications for the CSUF Business Plan Competition are due this Sunday (March 12) at 11:55pm but it’s definitely not to late to come up with a winning concept!

CSUF student-entrepreneur leader Vanessa Ganaden, hosted an “Innovation Rush” workshop to get students prepared for the CSUF Business Plan Competition and here are some of the key takeaways that you can use to come up with a concept for the competition fast.

  • Create a list of words that relate to business ideas and skills that you have or about things that you are interest you; this helps to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Pick two or three of these words and get to work developing a concept. For example, if your words are “bike” and “app” you can start developing your concept for an app that will tell people where there are good biking trails.
  • Now that you have your concept give some thought to what your market is, how you will reach this market, how you will create your product or service, and who your competitors are.
  • If you can, work on the concept with a team or at least try to get some feedback on your concept. Being able to work with people to develop your concept will make it stronger and improve your odds of advancing in the competition.
  • Now that you have your concept, don’t forget to fill out and submit your application!

The purpose of this process is to “show them you can think of ideas no matter how different they are and you can try it out,” according to Vanessa.

In addition to having the opportunity to win a share in the more than $5,000 of scholarships and expert mentoring, Vanessa sees the competition as a way “to validate their product and see if it could be an actual business.” Feedback is important for every startup.

“I do recommend it for students to try it. I’m a huge proponent of students stepping outside of their comfort zone and doing something they wouldn’t normally do. It is scary to be judged, but it helps you see a perspective and see if this is something you would be able to do.”

What do you have to lose? Make sure to submit your application and you might be on your way to creating a business that will benefit the world and yourself for years to come!

Written by Traci Muldoon. Edited by Travis Lindsay.


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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

Have you Applied for the CSUF Business Plan Competition?

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

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

Have you turned in your application for this year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition yet?

This competition is open to all current CSUF students and it is your perfect opportunity to work on that innovative idea you have been thinking about for years. The CSUF Business Plan Competition asks and helps its competitors to create the basics of a business plan for their concept. That way, every competitor will have an outline of the next steps they need to take in order to create a business out of their innovative concept.

Competitors in this competition also have the opportunity to win scholarships depending on how well they do. There are more than $5,000 worth of scholarships and $10,000 of in-kind awards for consulting services available to the top finishers in the competition.

For more details on the competition please go to the main CSUF Business Plan Competition page. And do not forget to submit your online application for the CSUF Business Plan Competition; it is due this Sunday, March 12 at 11:55pm.

Good luck!


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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 Applications Now Due March 12

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

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

In this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider we extend the application due date for the CSUF Business Plan Competition and highlight some of the events and stories coming out of the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator over the last week.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is an important event for all CSUF students who are serious about becoming entrepreneurs. And to make sure that every CSUF student has enough time to enter the competition, we have extended the deadline to submit a CSUF Business Plan Competition application to 11:55pm on Sunday, March 12.

Miguel Olivares ’16, who was part of the winning 2016 CSUF Business Plan Competition team along with Mandy Wong, summed up the competition very well for CSUF students:

“Be passionate about your dreams. If you really wanted to start a business, then take this opportunity to use the CSUF Business Plan Competition as a milestone to get your business launched. Being an entrepreneur is about action, and the best time to start anything is now. Don’t just talk about how you will one day start a business. Work at it, even if it’s just baby steps. Leave the excuses at home, and seek the help and guidance you need from knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The Center for Entrepreneurship is a great resource for this, and they have always been more than willing to help in all my business ideas. Take advantage of the resources you have.”

If you are a current CSUF student with an idea that you think can change the world for the better then make sure to turn in your application by March 12.

Sincerely,

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

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Follow Your Dreams – Enter CSUF Business Plan Competition

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

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

CSUF students are innovative people. But taking an idea and making it into a business is a hard thing to do, especially if you’ve never done anything like it before. This is one of the many reasons why we host the CSUF Business Plan Competition at Cal State Fullerton; to help CSUF students with innovative business concepts figure out how to launch their businesses.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is a great way for students to win scholarships and in-kind consulting services from a group of professionals in our network. Competitors will also get valuable feedback on their concepts from our judges and mentorship from our pool of 500+ professionals upon request. All of these benefits can help students start a business.

The deadline to sign up for the competition is March 12 at 11:55pm. The application process is very simple: interested students must fill out a short application that helps us learn about their concept from the ground up. And it is designed to help CSUF students to fundamentally think through their concept in a way that orients their thinking into figuring out how to take their innovative concept from idea to a real business. And absolutely no business education is required to enter or do well in this competition; how well the concept is thought through is what matters most.

Miguel Olivares ’16, who was on the team that won the 2016 CSUF Business Plan Competition, believes the competition can help students in many ways.

Be passionate about your dreams. If you really wanted to start a business, then take this opportunity to use the business plan competition as a milestone to get your business launched. Being an entrepreneur is about action, and the best time to start anything is now. Don’t just talk about how you will one day start a business. Work at it, even if it’s just baby steps. Leave the excuses at home, and seek the help and guidance you need from knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The center for entrepreneurship is a great resource for this, and they have always been more than willing to help in all my business ideas, and venture. Take advantage of the resources you have.

The question is: Are you ready to follow your dreams? Apply for the CSUF Business Plan Competition by March 12!


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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 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 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