Creating New Ventures Book Debuts for CSUF Entrepreneurship Community

Creating New Ventures Book Party

Creating New Ventures Party book launch party

A little over a year ago we set out to compile a book called Creating New Ventures that encapsulates the entrepreneurial wisdom that is flowing through the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. Earlier this month, we launched that book!

Creating New Ventures features lessons learned and recommendations from 156 members of our community ranging from how to effectively build a startup team to managing the stress that all entrepreneurs go through. At the launch party, Director John Bradley Jackson talked about the mission of the book, which is to imbue the next generation of entrepreneurs with the shared wisdom of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. To further that mission, every student majoring in entrepreneurship will receive a copy of this book that they can use throughout their careers as entrepreneurs.

You, too, can have a copy of the book by becoming a CSUF Entrepreneurship Annual member. The cost of membership is $100 and includes Creating New Ventures, a PDF copy of Your Entrepreneurial Journey, complimentary attendance at all CSUF Entrepreneurship events, and the weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider newsletter. For more information on how to become a member, please email us at

TeamKnit: CSUF Startup Resident Launches Business Collaboration Software

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Late last year while we were in the process of launching the Irvine location for the CSUF Startup Incubator we met a husband and wife team with an innovative concept for revolutionizing the way that teams get work done. Nick Panhwar, the husband and CEO, and his CTO wife, Ayisha Fareed had impressive backgrounds in tech and sales and their product, TeamKnit, looked like a combination of all the best features of the various productivity and collaboration tools that we all use on a daily basis. So it was a very easy decision to accept them in the first group of Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine).

Since then they have been hard at work developing their product, running through a beta test, and working on the public launch of their product, TeamKnit. Along the way, they have benefited from mentors like Director John Bradley Jackson, CSUF Startup Incubator Manager Phillip Stinis, Professor Scott Sorrell, and their Startup Coach Jeff Greenberg.

What is Team Knit? “TeamKnit is an all-in-one team productivity tool that helps simplify and create a stress free workplace for all,” says Mr. Panwhar. “TeamKnit combines the best features of popular productivity tools into one powerful yet easy to use solution. TeamKnit helps teams talk to each other, work with each other, get to know each other, and share information with each other. TeamKnit cultivates a more productive workforce through focusing on improving and integrating four specific areas: Communication, Execution, Engagement, and Knowledge. We call this the CEEK Philosophy.”

CEEK, pronounced “seek”, is the sine qua non of collaboration and something that Nick says isn’t being done well by competitors like Slack, Asana, and Basecamp. And we agree. Every available solution is missing at least one, usually two or three, of the CEEK components.

Here’s a powerful example of how TeamKnit can benefit a team: Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Pitch Concepts

CSUF Entrepreneurship students practicing their pitch to investors

CSUF Entrepreneurship students practicing their pitch to investors

At the end of every semester, our students pitch their business concepts to a group of judges comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, executives, bankers, and experts of all kinds. This semester, the concepts ran the gamut from a monthly book subscription box, a startup focusing on nanotechnology, to a safety app. These pitches are tremendous learning experiences as our panel of judges provides our students with excellent feedback as well as grades.

This panel happened a little over a week ago and since then the students have been hard at work incorporating their learning from their pitches into their plans and, for those who are actively launching their startups, into their actual operations.

Some of the feedback received centered on the students’ need to more fully analyze and project their financials, specifically the capital required to launch their startups. Other comments focused on the need to maintain eye contact with the audience and the need to create projections from the ground up.

For most students, these panels are not only great learning experiences but rather another step on their way to becoming better entrepreneurs.

Remembering Steve Forell

Steve Forell

Steve Forell ’75

Long time client and guest speaker of the CSUF Entrepreneurship program and active member of the CSUF community, Steve Forell ’75 passed away earlier this week from a  heart attack. This news shocked everyone who knew Steve and he will be missed by his family and friends.

Steve was the life of the party. He was a raconteur of the highest order regaling everyone he was around with stories from his career, sports, and his family. A few years back, we hosted a cigar party fundraiser at his home and man cave with a couple dozen fellow cigar smokers. He was the host, cook, cigar aficionado, and bartender; he served and entertained us all.

But my main memories of Steve will be about how friendly and generous he was. No one was a stranger when they were around him. He was extroverted and fun. He was always available to others. He knew no strangers since everyone was soon to be his friend. He returned all phone calls and emails and was always available to help. If you asked him for help, he would say yes before you could finish your sentence.

Steve was devoted to his lovely wife Sheri and his beautiful family, his community in Yorba Linda and his alma mater CSUF. He was an active member of YMCA Indian Princesses and Indian Guides with his three kids; we would go on weekend camp outs where Steve would teach the young boys and girls the fine art and philosophy of water balloon throwing at our fellow tribe members. He was a leader in Job’s Daughters and DeMolay. Steve was always in perpetual motion, whether as a business owner or volunteering for a local cause. To say he was high energy, is a vast understatement. He gave selflessly to others and asked nothing in return; he was a “giver.” He was my loyal friend since high school and for that I will always be grateful.

Steve Forell is survived by his wife, Sheri, and three children: Megan Forell, Randy Forell, and Crystal Tousignant.

The world will not the same without Steve. We love you forever Steve Forell.


John Bradley Jackson

Fullerton Sunrise Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser

Fullerton Sunsrise Rotary HoedownJoin the Fullerton Sunrise Rotary Club on Friday, May 18 at the Cal State Fullerton Arboretum to raise some funds for some very worthy causes. To register, please go to:


Join the Fullerton Sunrise Rotary to help raise money to support

¨ All the Arts for all the Kids Foundation

¨ The Fullerton Museum Center Foundation.

  • Catered BBQ Dinner
  • Host Bar
  • Live Entertainment
  • Line Dancing
  • Silent & Live Auction Items

Date and Time

Fri, May 18, 2018

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT


Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road

Fullerton, CA 92831

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Organizer: Fullerton Sunrise Rotary

Organizer of Western Hoedown

World Youth is our primary focus for fundraising projects.  As such, the club places special emphasis on those efforts that will benefit young people both locally and internationally.

Our Community Activities include;

  • Support for The Fullerton Public Library Children’s Services,
  • Support for the Fullerton Museum Center
  • Support for the “All the Arts for All the Kids” Foundation
  • Ambassadorial Scholarship Sponsors,
  • Host for Group Study Exchange,
  • Family Club Relationship with Morelia Club Rotarian Morelia Universidad in Mexico

Our Youth Activities include;

  • Hosting Annual Troy Top 100 Banquet
  • The Art’s Lab Bus of the Fullerton School District
  • Student of the Month program for both La Vista High School &Troy High Endeavor Programs
  • Sponsor high school students for RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Annual high school speech and singing contest
  • Support Troy High School Interact club

Small Business Development Day

Our friends over at the Asian Business Association of Orange County will be hosting an awesome event on May 10 featuring Allison Maslan. Details are below and make sure to enter code CSUFVIP when you register at the event page.

Small Business Development Day


The Brayv Ball – CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumnus Raising Funds for Nonprofit

Teaching children about water safety

Teaching children about water safety. Swim Brayv was founded by CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Candace Thome to help teach children about water safety.

Fundraiser Event
EventBrite Link

Date & Time:
Sunday, May 6th 2018
from 1:30pm to 6:30pm

The Beat Box LA
11828 Teale St.
Los Angeles, CA 90230


Swim Brayv, along with Enlarge Media & The BeatBox LA, present: The Brayv Ball. An afternoon of mermaids, music and moves! Our Swim Brayv mer-models will be edu-taing attendees during the opening cocktail hour, and Ginny Cosmetics will be providing free mini mermaid and shark makeovers! Then there will be live performances by: Music artist & actress GlennEllen from Stranger Things, Versus , Timeless etc. Limitless Leaps -a program that aims to give special needs children the opportunity to gain community and confidence through dance, and many more performers!

Followed by Special Guests DJ’s… up and coming 9 year old Yello Kitty, and veteran D.J. AO spinning a variety of music you can move to. This is a family-friendly event filled with great food, a silent auction, and amazing mermaids of course! Come and contribute to saving lives by supporting our water safety outreach efforts. Your ticket cost is tax deductible.

More About Swim Brayv Foundation

Swim Brayv mer-models and cause ambassadors travel near and far educating the public on water safety; engaging land-folk to become advocates for drowning prevention. We are proud water watchers, who want to spread awareness about water safety and reduce drowning occurrences. The hope is that as a group of like-minded volunteers, working together, we can
positively influence others to become advocates for drowning prevention too!

Sadly, drowning occurs more often than people realize. Drowning is a leading cause of
death globally, especially for children 14 and under. We believe this fact is due to lack of knowledge and communication about water safety. Take the Swim B.R.A.Y.V.
Pledge along with us today and…