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Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis + Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneurship Events

Here is one of the finalists presenting during the Lightning Round at the Titan Fast Pitch.

Here is one of the finalists presenting during the Lightning Round at the Titan Fast Pitch.

Every week, we update CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders on what is going on in our community. To make sure that you do not miss these updates and to learn about how you can get involved in our entrepreneurial community make sure you become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. What follows is the weekly update that includes links to the Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis and our upcoming events


Following up on my update to CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders from last week, we have published a full Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis. In it, you will find a full summary of the competition and some fantastic insights from attendees. I must reiterate how grateful I am to our community for all of their amazing support! We could not have done this without you.

Moving forward, we have a couple of interesting events coming up in the next couple of weeks that I think are very valuable for entrepreneurs like you. On Wednesday, November 17 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) we have a talk titled Learn How to Get Started Using Big Data in Your Startup to Make Big Money. Businesses, no matter how large or small, are harnessing the awesome power of Big Data to better serve their customers, create innovative solutions, and, yes, make more profit. In this talk attendees will learn what Big Data is and how to leverage it for their startups.

Why you Can and Should Start your Side Hustle Immediately is a talk on campus on November 17 by entrepreneur and TED Talk veteran Damon Brown. Damon will give this talk twice that day, once at 1:00pm and again at 2:30pm. During this talk, he will go into great detail about the three crucial strengths that every entrepreneur possesses that enables them to launch successful passion projects. Damon’s books about entrepreneurship will also be available for purchase at both talks.

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship

Competition among businesses is more fierce today than ever before and the reason why is data. Every business, no matter how large or small, has access to more data than any business from just a few short years ago. Data on customers, economic indicators, investing opportunities, and everything else you can possibly think of is only growing and the intelligent business leader is leveraging this knowledge explosion.
How can you, as an entrepreneur, small business owner, or leader of a corporation, harness this great power? In this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator, you will learn what Big Data is, how you can access it, and the best practices for mining all this data to help your business thrive.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THIS EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 @ 6:00PM

Believe it or not, we already have most of the skills we need to create our passion-driven business. So why aren’t most people pursuing their potentially profitable ideas? They are intimidated by the small gap in their skill set. In this immediately actionable talk, Damon shares how to easily traverse that gap and explains the three crucial strengths every successful entrepreneur possesses. It is an inspiring talk for both potential entrepreneurs and ambitious upstarts.

If you want to get the most out of your life as possible then you owe it to yourself to attend this talk.

Damon will be giving this talk twice on November 17. Click the time below that works best for your schedule to reserve your seat.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE 1:00PM TALK

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE 2:30PM TALK

Being successful with online marketing can make the difference between success or failure for your business.

That is why we are very happy to bring in Jason Khoo for office hours! Jason is the Marketing Director at Ron Wave Design and he has given a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to SEO” (video here).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For over 24 years, Professor Jeff Longshaw, MBA, MSBA, has been a business management and communication consultant, teaching proposal writing and composition to companies to improve their win rate.  While he has managed and participated in over 20 large scale proposals for Westinghouse, Lockheed, Bath Ironworks, General Dynamics and others; he has also produced business plans for start-up companies.

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Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors at the CSUF Startup Incubator who will be holding office hours to answer your startup and strategy questions.

Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

Center for Entrepreneurship Board Member, Andrew Carroll, has a ton of financial and accounting experience he will share with anyone who visits him during his office hours later today. Click below to find out how to visit him during his office hours.

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The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!
The CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtable features a fantastic group of mentors with impressive backgrounds so that every participating entrepreneur will get tremendous feedback on what they are working on. Don’t be shy! This can turn out to be one of the most consequential entrepreneurial events you ever attend.
Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtables:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE MEETING DATES

Get Involved with CSUF Consulting and the CSUF Startup Incubator
Whether you are a professional who gets satisfaction from being a mentor to someone who wants to work in a startup as a team member or are interested in investing in some of our thriving startups; we want to hear from you!
To join our large professional network you don’t have to be an alumni but we need your expertise and hard work to help make Northern Orange County (especially Fullerton) a strong startup community! Please take a minute to tell us about yourself so we can properly welcome you into the CSUF Startup Community.

“The students did a great job of digging deeper than necessary to get a grade and worked the issues as if for their own company.”

James L. Breese, President, WestLand Engineering Co
To find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs contact our Client Project Specialist, Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or to request an application email entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.
 
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How to Pitch to an Investment Panel @ CSUF Startup Incubator

CSUF Startup IncubatorThis Wednesday, March 23, at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator Director Jackson will be giving a talk about how to give the best pitch for your business to an investment panel. What topics should you cover? How many slides should you include in your deck? How many people from your team should actively participate in the presentation? And many other questions will be answered. We hope to see you at the CSUF Startup Incubator and for more information please refer to our Meetup listing below.

How to Pitch to an Investment Panel @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016, 6:00 PM

CSUF Startup Incubator
120 South Bradford Avenue Placentia, CA

8 Entrepreneurs Attending

CSUF Startup Incubator and Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson (“JJ” for short) will give a talk on how to pitch to investors. In reality, as an entrepreneur you are continuously pitching, or explaining, your idea to everyone you meet who is even tangentially involved in your business. You need to be able to pitch your busines…

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Irvine Eyed for CSUF Startup Incubator Expansion

CSUF Startup Incubator Sharks are coming to Irvine!

CSUF Startup Incubator Sharks are coming to Irvine!

If you get the Orange County Business Journal [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED] you might have seen an article about the planned expansion of the CSUF Startup Incubator into Irvine and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the prospect. Right now, we are thinking that the Irvine expansion will open its doors in September (of this year) but that is not set in stone. The expansion is part of Cal State Fullerton’s overall expansion in Irvine and it’s located in the building next door to the current building being used on Banting.

About a month ago,  the CSUF Startup Incubator Expansion Committee toured the facilities and discussed expansion strategies. The location is very nice but there is still some work to be done. Speaking of work, we are still in the process of determining the expansion strategy into Irvine.

Irvine does have a more mature startup scene than does the CSUF area and our Placentia-based Incubator. This means that there are more startups starting, more entrepreneurs, and more opportunities for technology-based concepts in Irvine. In the article, Director Jackson intimated that our strategy might tend towards startups that have progressed more than the early-stage startups that we currently work with. But, we’re not sure yet which direction we’re going to take.

Whatever the case may be, we’re going to bring the same passion that we have for assisting startups to any new locations that we open, including the Irvine location. We are excited about this opportunity and we look forward to seeing what we can do for CSUF students, alumni, and the surrounding community.


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Happy Anniversary CSUF Startup Incubator

I just realized that it was exactly one year ago that we accepted the first three Residents into the CSUF Startup Incubator. That was an exciting time but we were also worried; I guess that’s how you normally feel when you are doing something that you haven’t done before.

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover
Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

I don’t want to go through everything that we’ve done like some list that needs to be checked off but I will hit on a couple of events that happened over the last year at the Incubator. If you are looking for more narrative and less highlights than I strongly suggest you read the article about the Incubator in the latest Mihaylo Magazine (we were on the cover!).

Obviously, the first day when we accepted Mike Kirtland (Bastion Privacy), Soheil Divani (O2 Free), and Casey Farmen (Rescuewares) as Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator. We have worked hard with these three intrepid entrepreneurs and I’m pleased to say that they have all made significant progress.

Our Open House took place during the spring and we had over 200 people come to tour our facilities. That was a hectic night but we all loved seeing everyone come out to see what we were up to. At the party were Placentia city officials, CSUF Deans and administration, entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, mentors, our Board Members like Andrew Carrol, and many, many other people associated with our Incubator. It was at this event that many people got the opportunity to try Professor Dafaallah’s Sudanese cuisine; the lamb was delicious!

It was around this time, maybe early summer, that we also started to hit our stride when it came to our (almost) weekly events. We weren’t sure how many people would attend these talks at 6pm on Wednesday nights (without any food) built specifically for early stage entrepreneurs so we were a little surprised once we started regularly getting twenty or more people showing up in our small conference area. We have brought in experts to cover topics ranging from how to make a pivot to the art of promotion to how to choose the right kind of legal entity to the one we had tonight on etiquette. All future events can be found by going here – http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents – and we look forward to seeing you at our next event (which is next Wednesday night at 6pm)!

Besides the (almost) weekly talks we have hosted a couple of networking events that have brought together our Residents, mentors, CSUF students from all across campus, and other entrepreneurs. One of the things we are most proud of at the CSUF Startup Incubator is that the CSUF Entrepreneurship community has grown to such a large extent that we can hold multiple networking events throughout the year and always be meeting new people. This is of tremendous value to the Residents, to us, and to everyone else in the community.

Another highlight from the Incubator is that we are now hosting Investment Panels three or four times a year for our Residents. At these panels we bring together all the Residents, Mentors, staff, and some select investors, entrepreneurs, professionals to evaluate the progress that our Residents have made and the quality of their ideas. We have done three of these panels in the last year and plan on doing four a year going forward.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t sincerely thank the City of Placentia for providing us with this location; we could not have done this without them. The space is great for us: private rooms for team work, a gated parking section, and a conference area for our speaker series or for larger meetings. Placentia gave us a good deal to launch our incubator in their city and we are glad that they did!

I’m sure I’ve missed some things here – if you have any memories you’d like to share please do so in the comments – but my general point here was to look back on the last year’s worth of work for a moment before moving forward to what we are doing next at the Incubator. Getting the opportunity to work with JJ and Phillip, the Residents and the Mentors, our Board, our speakers, and everyone else who has been associated with the Incubator has been a joy and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do going forward.


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CSUF Startup Incubator in Mihaylo Magazine

The Mihaylo Magazine is distributed to over 50,000 CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics alumni and we were honored to be the most recent cover story! This is a huge honor and we are excited to share the accomplishments that we have been able to make with the rest of the CSUF Mihaylo family. To be precise, the CSUF Startup Incubator was the cover story and the cover models, as seen below, were Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui of Chopit Drones.

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover
Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Our story starts on page 20 of the magazine and it goes over all of the awesome things that we are doing there; like helping to launch startups and hosting many talks for entrepreneurs, like yourself. It’s really an amazing piece, well written and the pictures are great as well.

We hope that you can take a look at it and, even more than that, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming events! There are some great events coming up and they can all be found by going to: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Before I sign off here, I want to reiterate the point that none of this would have been possible without our community. You guys enable us to provide amazing competitions, real-life consulting projects, startup assistance and so much more to our students and to the CSUF Entrepreneurship community at large. It’s really an awe-inspiring sight to see all of these things come to together to produce these kind of results and, with your continued support, we expect many more great things for the future. Continue reading

Psychological Impact of being an Entrepreneur @ CSUF Startup Incubator [EVENT]

Maggie So will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, December 2 on the impact that being an entrepreneur can have on your emotions RSVP NOW!

Maggie So will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, December 2 on the impact that being an entrepreneur can have on your emotions
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Maggie So ’12 is a recent MBA graduate from Cal State Fullerton and an entrepreneur in her own right. As an entrepreneur she knows the psychological toll that it can take on yourself and those around you. Specifically, she will discuss the following topics:

  • Becoming aware of the sources of burnout, especially those unique to a startup environment
  • How burnout affects a founder’s decision making process, relationships with employees, and how it can seep into other areas of your life
  • Ways to prevent burnout and alleviate it through physical, mental, and management techniques

We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!

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Startup Leadership @ the CSUF Startup Incubator

Dave Kinnear will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

Dave Kinnear will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Dave Kinnear will give a talk titled “Startup Leadership” at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Dave Kinnear is a Executive Leadership Coach through his affiliation with Vistage International. He has also been a mentor in the CSUF Entrepreneurship program for many years as well as being a mentor to many startup and industry leaders. Through his experience he has developed a tried and true methodology for teaching effective leadership strategies that are proven to lead to more successful organizations.

His lessons are absolutely critical for any startup founder. Startup founders are tasked with managing a growing team that deal with large amounts of uncertainty and that can easily lead to volatile and destructive situations. Instead of trying to learn best practices through on the job training wouldn’t it be better to learn the proper framework for managing a startup from Dave?

We hope to see you there!

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