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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

Titan Fast Pitch Featured in OC Register

Titan Fast Pitch 2017 (71)Student entrepreneurship was on the ascendancy at the Titan Fast Pitch and the Orange County Register took notice! Here’s a little bit from their article, QR code wins CSUF student a place among aspiring entrepreneur:

CSUF’s Daniel Cazares took home fourth place for his proposal, Good Neighbor, which is a QR code pasted on the windshield of vehicles that allows people who pass a car with a problem such as a broken windshield or flat tire to notify the owner about the problem.

Participants were judged on criteria including quantified market, product differentiation, clear value proposition, compelling technology and scalability as well as their presentation.


#CSUF

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

CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine – Featured in OCBJ

CSUF Startup Incubator staff with MBA consulting team

CSUF Startup Incubator staff with MBA consulting team

Earlier this week, the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) featured a story on the CSUF Startup Incubator’s imminent expansion into Irvine (we will be hosting an Open House on November 15; come and join us!)

We are definitely excited about adding on a second office for the CSUF Startup Incubator (with the first office being the one in Placentia, of course) and while we will be doing all of the same things we are currently doing in Placentia (i.e. coaching entrepreneurs on how to go from startup to launch, hosting events for entrepreneurs, providing meeting space for alumni and student groups, etc.) we plan on being able to do things a little differently at our CSUF Irvine campus office.

And one of those things that we anticipate being different is that we will be working with more startups that are tech-based. As you will read in this excerpt from the OCBJ we already have our first client lined up and their concept is a comprehensive business collaboration suite. After reading the excerpt, you can read the whole thing on this PDF.

When a London-based startup that developed an all-in-one tool for communication,
collaboration and employee engagement was looking to move its North American headquarters from Toronto to Southern California, it chose a new incubator in Irvine. The startup is Appoon LLC. The location is California State University-Fullerton’s second startup incubator, which stages its grand opening in Irvine on Nov. 15.

“CSUF’s incubator will give us a huge opportunity to work with … the finest talent in the country,” co-founder and Chief Executive Niaz Panhwar said. “The mentors are excellent, and the resources in the shape of talented student teams … will help us grow much faster.”

CSUF chose Irvine for its second incubator because it already owned two buildings in the city and because of a deep “gene pool” of entrepreneurs here, said John Bradley Jackson, director of its Center for Entrepreneurship, founder of its first startup incubator and a professor of entrepreneurship.

Plus, there’s a professional services support network of accountants, consultants and law firms, he said. Irvine is “real tech-savvy. Biomedical, as well. And this makes for a really attractive startup community.”

I think I speak for all the CSUF Startup Incubator staff and coaches when I say that we are all very excited about working with the Appoon team and that we are also very excited about launching our second CSUF Startup Incubator office at the CSUF Irvine campus. If you are available during the evening of November 15, we will be hosting an Open House at the CSUF Irvine campus for this second office. We hope to see you there!


#CSUF

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

 

CSUF Business School Popular for Minority Students – OC Register

One of the many things that I think separates Cal State Fullerton from most every other school is the amount of diversity that I see in every class. And here’s an article from the OC Register confirming that (read full article here):

More than 2,500 Asian students and 2,800 Hispanic students — making up nearly 60 percent of the college’s enrollment — studied in CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics in the Spring 2017 semester.

This year, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked CSUF No. 1 nationally in producing Asian and Hispanic graduates in business administration, management and operations. Hispanic Outlook in Education ranked CSUF No. 6 nationally in producing Hispanic graduates in business management/marketing….

Many international students also come from Asia, with CSUF having a student exchange agreement with universities in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Anh Le, a fourth-year student in business administration, came from Vietnam six months ago. He had heard friends talking about CSUF and its business school.

He plans to study entrepreneurship as well and go back to Vietnam to start a business. He said he needs a lot of help, but CSUF’s tutoring center has been very good for him.

“So far, so good,” he said.


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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

Pitch Perfect: Titan Fast Pitch Offers 60-Second Platform to Student Entrepreneurs – CSUF News

Titan Fast PitchCSUF News recently published a story about the upcoming CSUF Fast Pitch. Here’s a brief synopsis and you can see the whole thing by going to their article.

If you had only 60 seconds to pitch your startup idea, turn heads and hook investors, would you take the challenge?

Business owners take the challenge often, in elevators, on golf courses and on flights. Now, middle school and high school curriculum includes business education and kids have joined college students in the quest to master the pitch for their real-world business plan.

Hundreds of students are expected to take the challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Titan Fast Pitch, hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s centers for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, and by the National StartUp League.

The next generation of entrepreneurs — students from universities, high schools and middle schools — will gather at the Titan Student Union for the three-hour event.

Participation has doubled and nearly tripled in its five years, especially after the competition was opened up to high school and middle school contestants, says John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“As we meet with teachers we have a better understanding of how business education, specifically entrepreneurship, and the ability to pitch your idea have become mainstream in the middle school and high school classroom,” says Jackson.


#CSUF

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

CSUF Entrepreneurship Supporter Dan Black Featured in OC Register

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

CSUF Entrepreneurship donor, Board Member, and VIP judge Dan Black was recently featured in the OC Register. Dan and his grandson, Karl Freels, have supported the CSUF Startup Incubator and many of our student competitions for nearly half a decade (and has supported Cal State Fullerton in general for decades!) and it was great to see them get recognition for all of their efforts by the OC Register.

Here’s a portion of the article and you should definitely read all of the article on Dan.

Black has supported the Center for Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2001.

“A consummate entrepreneur, Dan understands the real world marriage of science with entrepreneurship,” said John B. Jackson, director of the center and the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Black might be the most vocal supporter of the CSUF Startup Incubator, Jackson said. He sponsors one student startup every semester by paying the resident tuition.

Black hopes that by example he is encouraging others to give to the university. One of his recent donations — $50,000 for student research in Natural Sciences & Mathematics — was set up so it turned into $100,000 after the university raised matching funds. Matching donors could choose which science discipline their gift went to, which Black thinks sweetens the deal. He also wants donors to know they can make a pledge then take five years to pay it.

“Instead of being the big fish in the pond, I’m trying to get other fish involved so one day they’ll become a big fish too,” he said. He is likewise gradually handing over the reins of his foundation to Freels.


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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/CSUF_Knowledge