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/

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

Tech Enables How We Play And Work Event

Hey guys! The new CSUF student club, Student Innovation Collective (SINC) is at it again!

They are partnering with Google (YES you heard that right!) for an event at Cal Poly Pomona called: Tech Enables How We Play And Work. This event will be at Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, March 9 starting at 3pm. They will have a panel of students and professionals talk about how tech, culture, school and profession intersect.

SINC’s very own Vanessa Ganaden will be representing California State University, Fullerton. There will be a professional development workshop right after the panel, led by Michael Balaoing, top Executive Coach to Fortune 100 companies and leading CEOs. Best of all, this is for FREE. So don’t miss out on this AWESOME OPPORTUNITY! Space is limited so please make sure to RSVP.

Google Event Flyer


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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 Students Working To Bring More Innovation To Campus

Vanessa Ganaden and Lorenzo Santos, UIF Fellows

Vanessa Ganaden and Lorenzo Santos, UIF Fellows

Vanessa Ganaden and Lorenzo Santos, seniors at Cal State Fullerton, spoke with university administration and staff from around the globe at the 103rd Annual Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference held in San Francisco last month. The annual meeting served as a forum to discuss more effective approaches to rebuilding public trust in higher education.

During the three-day conference, Vanessa and Lorenzo had the opportunity to address a reception of over 2,000 higher education leaders about their work on campus as University Innovation Fellows (UIF), a nation-wide program that empowers students to become leaders of change at school. This is the second time in which Cal State Fullerton students have been accepted into the program, consisting of 776 current fellows at 164 global institutes.

The duo also had the opportunity to attend a sold-out workshop at Stanford University’s d.school, where the UIF program is based.  While there, the two went on a tour of the campus and talked with others during a workshop about design thinking; a skill they picked up through training with UIF.

AAC&U members attended a multitude of panels, workshops, and sessions ranging from campus activism for LGBTQ Rights to the causes and costs of faculty turnover. Of the 12 students who spoke on the panel Wednesday evening, Vanessa and Lorenzo were the only ones from California. California State University, Fullerton’s own President Garcia (pictured below) was also present at the conference.

CSUF President Mildred Garcia (Center) in between UIF Fellows Vanessa Ganaden and Lorenzo Santos

CSUF President Mildred Garcia (Center) in between UIF Fellows Vanessa Ganaden and Lorenzo Santos

“We definitely felt more heard. We were the only students,,” said Vanessa, 25, who is perusing a business administration degree with concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurship. “[I loved] being able to discuss education with actual change-makers in their respective colleges and universities and bring my perspective [to the conversation].” Continue reading

Context Determines Content in Marketing – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Context VS ContextIn marketing, context has to do with the people, place, and time for when you publish your content. You have to be aware of all of these things and take them into consideration when creating content for your customers. Failing to do so weakens your message and your brand.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship lesson was taught by the Fratzke Brothers. You can learn more about them by visiting their website at: http://www.fratzkebrothers.com/

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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

A Tale of Two Startups – Event @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Creativity and innovationJohn Connors has an immense amount of experience working with startups and in this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, March 8 at 6pm, he will go into depth about his experiences with two startups in particular.

One startup failed after three years and more than $30 million in loans from venture capitalists

Another startup was forced into bankruptcy by venture capitalists that had made over $5 million in loans to the company. But this company went on to be publically traded with over $400 million in annual revenues and is expected to close shortly on an acquisition of a company with over $1 billion in annual revenue.

John Connors was a director during the early stages of both of these startups and he has learned some valuable lessons about dealing with venture caitalists. This Tale of Two Startups illustrates what entrepreneurs need to keep in mind when seeking loans from venture capitalists and other creditors.

You can read more about John Conors here.

Register for this talk on Wednesday, March 8 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator here.


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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 Entrepreneurship Scholarship: Thrive Financial – Apply Now

Karla Amador generously donates $1,000 each year to the Thrive Financial Scholarship for CSUF Entrepreneurship students.

Karla Amador generously donates $1,000 each year to the Thrive Financial Scholarship for CSUF Entrepreneurship students.

Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services Entrepreneurial Scholarship External Link

Amount: $1,000

Established by:
This scholarship was established by Thrive Financial & Bookkeeping Services on behalf of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton.
The owner of Thrive, Karla Amador, is passionate about helping students become the entrepreneurs that they are meant to be.

Open to:
This scholarship is open to students majoring or minoring in Entrepreneurship and enrolled during the Spring 2015 semester.


Criteria:
2.5 GPA

 Scholarship Application Process

The online application will be available February. Follow the directions on the following link and all scholarship applications are due by April 8.


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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