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CSUF Business Plan Competition Featured in Orange County Register

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship

The Orange County Register recently covered the CSUF Business Plan Competition announcing the winner: Piano with Jonny. Here’s a bit from Piano with Jonny wins business plan contest:

After more than four months of competition, the Piano with Jonny team has won the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

Jonny May (CSUF Business Administration ’17), Reuben Ponce De Leon (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17) and Yannick Lambrecht designed a website that sells digital piano educational content. The business model allows piano instruction without a teacher present, making it more affordable and reaching more potential students. Students can follow along as pianist May teaches genres including blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll.


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What Will Win? Finals Set for CSUF Business Plan Competition – CSUF News

CSUF Business Plan Competition FinalsFrom CSUF News:

The public is invited to attend the 1-4 p.m. program as the following five finalists pitch proposals for their new businesses. The reward?  Scholarships and in-kind awards. The event will be held in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Don’tchu Dare: A card game that gets people together to participate in fun, shareable activities
  • Life Skills Products: An interactive game used in therapy sessions to help build emotional intelligence
  • Parcel Sift: An integrated platform that helps small businesses get the best shipping deals
  • Piano with Jonny: A subscription-based website that teaches users how to play the piano
  • WECADEMi: An online platform that connects students with tutors

Registration and tickets are available online. For more information, call 657-278-3464.


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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

Daily Titan Covers Patent Talk at CSUF Startup Incubator

David Jafari 10 Rules Everyone Should Know About PatentsOn Wednesday, patent attorney and friend of the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator David Jafari gave a great talk on patents titled: 10 Rules Everyone Should Know About Patents. David has given this talk in the classroom but this was the first time that he gave this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator and two Daily Titan reporters were there to cover it.

Here is an excerpt from the Daily Titan story written up by Andrew Salmi:

Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a discussion Wednesday at its CSUF Startup Incubator overviewing what up-and-coming entrepreneurs should know before pursuing a patent for their inventions.

The event featured David Jafari, a patent attorney licensed in Orange County who has been involved in intellectual property, business law and employment matters. With 17 years of experience, Jafari offered insight on patents and how to avoid making mistakes with them.

“It’s a property right that the government grants to the inventor of the idea that’s memorialized and claimed in that document. It’s a contract between the state and the inventor,” Jafari said.

You should really click on the link above to read the entire article that Priscilla Bui also contributed to. And make sure not to miss any of our other events and news by signing up for our weekly email update, the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

Did you miss David’s excellent talk? You’re in luck! His entire presentation can be viewed in the video below.


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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

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CSUF Consulting Teams Profiled in OC Register

The OC Register recently published an article about our excellent CSUF Consulting teams! Here’s an excerpt:

CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson’s marketing consulting team took third place in the Undergraduate Specialized portion of the competition. That team conducted an intensive review of its client’s current marketing efforts and created a strategic plan on how to achieve the goals as set out by the client. The 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,” Jackson said.

Including these two teams, the CSUF Consulting program has finished in the Top 10 of the SBI national competition 31 times.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lorenzo Bizzi’s and Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson’s CSUF Consulting teams for doing such tremendous work!


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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 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 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

OC Register Pictures of CSUF Startup Incubator

We were glad to welcome an OC Register photographer to the CSUF Startup Incubator last week for Evan Jafa’s talk on startup equity and we look forward to them coming to future events! You can find the pictures below.


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