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CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Launches Insurance Comparison Shopping Platform

Harvey Kong Launches Goodfetch with help of CSUF Startup Incubator

Harvey Kong, left, launched insurance comparison shopping site Goodfetch with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator

When it comes to anything insurance related, just the thought of it can stress almost anyone out. Lets face it, while the simple signing on the dotted line is easy, “shopping” for the right insurance can often be very difficult and sometimes overwhelming. But don’t sweat it – entrepreneur Harvey Kong has come up with a new alternative that will change the way we shop for insurance.

Last year, Harvey joined the CSUF Startup Incubator as a resident to help him launch his business. At the start of his time at the CSUF Startup Incubator, he sat down with staff and his startup coach to develop a custom roadmap for his launch that would position his business for success. After frequent meetings with his advisors, he was able to develop and enact a startup plan that he still uses today even though he has graduated from the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Harvey has fine-tuned his concept to launch Goodfetch, an online platform that compares home and auto insurance quotes for the consumer at just the click of a mouse. According Harvey, “Goodfetch addresses the pertinent issue of shopping [for insurance], not merely buying. Buying insurance is easy, but shopping for it remains too tedious a process.” Similar to websites such as Kayak.com, which compares airfare and hotel rates, Goodfetch provides comparisons of home and auto insurance quotes “from a wide selection of insurance companies.”

This is how it works: The consumer submits a single form online to request insurance quotes. Then insurance companies or their agents input their quotes based on information submitted. Based on the consumer’s preference and insurance companies’ competitiveness, Goodfetch’s proprietary algorithm lists a few quotes for the consumer in a side-by-side format for easy comparison. The consumer and the agent will be connected only if the consumer is interested in buying.

Harvey’s inspiration for developing Goodfeth came from his 25 years of experience as an insurance agent, where he noticed that “Consumers don’t shop for auto/home insurance because it’s one of the worst shopping experience. I want to make it easy for the consumer to compare insurance quotes, and at the same time, also enable the agent to run his business more efficiently, without hard selling tactics.”

Even though this company is new we see a lot of potential in it. If all goes according to plan, Goodfetch will change how consumers shop for insurance. If you wish to find out which insurance company offers you the best deal, why not start a search at Goodfetch? It can save you time and a lot of money.

Written by: Traci Muldoon

Edited by: Travis Lindsay


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Building a Visual Identity for your Brand – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Brands need a Visual Identity

One of the most important things every entrepreneur has to do is build a brand because that determines your startup’s identity. A big part of your brand is the visuals that you use. Visuals need to be consistent and be evocative of the kind of image that you are trying to cultivate. Give careful care to use the right kinds of images and typography to make your brand.

Curt Cuscino of HypeLife Brands gave this talk. https://www.hypelifebrands.com/


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CSUF Consulting Teams Place Second, Third in National Competition

CSUF Consulting Helps Small BusinessIn this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director John Bradley Jackson talks about the two CSUF Consulting teams that did very well in a national competition.

Two of our CSUF Consulting teams finished second and third in their respective categories at the Small Business Institute’s national consulting report competition. This is a great honor for us and these awards increase our total number of national awards to thirty-one!

Dr. Lorenzo Bizzi’s MBA team placed second nationally in the Graduate Comprehensive report category. Lorenzo’s team worked hard to develop a comprehensive strategy report for their client, Orange County Fair and Events Center. This is Lorenzo’s first Top 10 finish in the competition!

One of my teams finished third nationally in the Undergraduate Specialized category. Their report for the Fullerton College Foundation focused on developing innovative strategies to increase donations to Fullerton College. I’m very proud of them!

SBI was formed in 1976 and is the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. The institute has 130 universities across the country. The mission of the Small Business Institute® is to be the premier provider of professional development for those engaged in experiential student team consulting and related entrepreneurship education, research and activities.  SBI is the link between business, education and community.

More info on these amazing teams can be found on our post titled: CSUF Consulting Places Second, Third In National Competition.

Sincerely,

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

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Pick Your Social Media Platforms Wisely – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship time management and social mediaMarketing today is much more involved than it has ever been. There are so many different social media platforms that are around that entrepreneurs can quickly become overwhelmed if they try to have an active presence on too many of them.

That is why smart entrepreneurs take stock of how much time they can devote to interacting with customers on social media. Entrepreneurs also get to know their customers very well and are able to determine what their most used social media platforms are and the entrepreneur takes care to focus their efforts on those platforms.

Marketing through social media doesn’t have to be hard if you go about it in a smart way.

Video edited by Bo Kim. Produced by Travis Lindsay


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CSUF Consulting Teams Finish Second, Third in National Competition

CSUF Consulting Helps Small Business

Every year, the CSUF Consulting program works with over 100 clients to help them improve their businesses in a number of key ways, including: Marketing, Operations, Finance, Accounting, and General Strategy. From these projects we enter one undergraduate and one MBA project into a national consulting competition for universities. Out of the hundreds of universities who entered this competition both of our teams finished in the Top 3 in their categories!

Dr. Lorenzo Bizzi’s MBA Capstone team took home the second place prize in the Graduate Comprehensive Project category, which means they did a comprehensive review of their client’s business and created a general strategy report for them based off of their observations and research. This is the first Top 3 finish for Dr. Bizzi; his team consisted of: Jennifer Pueblo, Rossana Alvarez, Hanisha Balani, Amber Soares, Leo Lee, and Bown Guan and their client was Orange County Fair and Events Center.

This was an invaluable experience which not only exposed the team to the world of consulting, but also helped to create and cement life-long professional and personal contacts. Access to Dr. Bizzi’s knowledge and expertise served as an instrumental force to focus and guide our consulting project which in the end, validated everything we learned but may not be able to be fully utilized in our day-to-day careers,” said MBA team member Rossana.

CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson’s marketing consulting team took the third place honors in the Undergraduate Specialized portion of the competition, which means that the team did an intensive review of their client’s current marketing efforts and created a strategic plan on how to achieve the goals as set out by the client. This is the fifth time that one of Professor Jackson’s teams have finished in the Top 3 since he has been teaching at Cal State Fullerton and his team consisted of: Stacy Goldstein, Emma Osman, Johnathon Veta, Andrew Goclowski, Tristan Schmitt, and Jenny Frolova; Curtis Chan, founder of Chan & Associates and Cognitive Impact, was their mentor.

“Collaboration was the key to this project. Our client was the Fullerton College Foundation and they were open to the students working with them to develop an in-depth marketing strategy plan for them to increase the volume of donations coming in. On our end, the team worked very hard and I am proud of their report and the fact that they did so well in the competition,” said Director Jackson.

Stacy Goldstein, one of the students working on the undergraduate project with Professor Jackson, had this to say about her experience working on this project: “For me, the best value I got out of doing the project was working with a great team. A lot of students, myself included, dread the “evil” group projects. While I can’t claim to have ever had a truly terrible team in my academic career, I can boast this team was the best. A positive group project experience like that in an academic setting is so very rare, and I’m glad to have experienced it.”

This competition is hosted by the Small Business Institute (SBI), a national organization that promotes and supports universities in employing high impact practices in their courses like consulting projects. Including these two teams, the CSUF Consulting program has now finished in the Top 10 of the SBI National competition 31 times. We’re looking forward to many more wonderful projects and many more exemplary clients like the ones we worked with for years to come.

[03/21/17 Edit: Added in quote by MBA team member Rossana Alvarez and included her name on the list of students on the MBA team]


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For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

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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 Student Places in Top 5 of National Entrepreneurship Competition

Jonny May, furthest on the right, finished in the Top 5 of a competition that included hundreds of other student-entrepreneurs across the nation.

Jonny May, furthest on the right, finished in the Top 5 of a competition that included hundreds of other student-entrepreneurs across the nation.

CSUF Entrepreneurship student, CSUF Startup Incubator Resident, and founder of Piano with Jonny, Jonny May recently finished very well in a national competition for student-entrepreneurs hosted by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Out of the hundreds of students who entered nationally, Jonny finished in the Top 5!

Here are some of Jonny’s thoughts on competing:

GSEA was a blast!  We flew to Kansas City, Missouri, and I got to meet all kinds of amazing entrepreneurs that are still in college.  It was very empowering to tell my story and I gained a new sense of confidence that my business Piano With Jonny is making a meaningful impact in the world.  The GSEA judges are all successful entrepreneurs themselves, and I made some great contacts that I believe will help me as I grow Piano With Jonny.  I highly recommend GSEA for any college student with a business!

We competed in two rounds: a semi-final and final round.  We had 12 minutes to talk about our business and ourselves.  7 out of the 10 judging criteria were based on us as individuals (our character, work ethic, integrity, why we started our businesses, etc), and 3 of the criteria were about the business itself.  The first panel was 8 judges, and the second panel was 16 judges.  After each presentation, we were questioned for 10 minutes.  The competition is hosted by EO (Entrepreneurship Organization).  I was invited to compete by Craig Martin, who was my mentor for MGMT 465A and also an EO Member.  As an EO Accelerator, I’m hoping to join EO (members must have a business doing $1 million or more in revenue).

Congratulations Jonny!


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

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Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents