Join CSUF Entrepreneurship this Wednesday at the CSUF Irvine Campus for a Special Event

 

IP Talk in Irvine for CSUF EntrepreneurshipThis Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Irvine campus we are thrilled to have lawyer and professor Stephen LaCount come in to give a talk titled Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur. I am sure that this will be a fascinating event with a lot of great information that entrepreneurs can use to bolster their IP game. And, even if you don’t think you have any IP (i.e. patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.) you should still attend this event because 1. You probably do have IP and 2. Even if you don’t have IP now you will at some point in the future and you need to know how to protect and leverage these incredibly important assets.

We hope to see you there!

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The CSUF Irvine campus represents a special opportunity for the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. There, we will be able to reach more people from the community in the classroom, at the new CSUF Startup Incubator location at the CSUF Irvine campus once it opens (hopefully) later this year, and through events there as well.

Our first event for the public will be held this Wednesday at 6pm at the Irvine campus. Professor and lawyer Stephen LaCount will be giving a talk titled Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur at that time. At this talk, Stephen will be going over IP essentials that every entrepreneur and business owner must know to effectively protect their IP (i.e. patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.) and how to leverage those assets to get the most out of them.

We will be serving pizza and soft drinks at this event. To register, including learning important information about parking at this location, please go to the event page.

We look forward to seeing you at our first event on the CSUF Irvine campus and at our events in the future in Irvine, the Fullerton campus, the CSUF Startup Incubator office in Placentia, and wherever else we have events!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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Cal State Fullerton Teaches Kids STEM and Entrepreneurship

STEM Entrepreneurship Awards CeremonyOne of the big keys to success for entrepreneurs is putting together strong teams and that is what the Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Education did with a recently concluded STEM grant.

Together, these three Cal State Fullerton Colleges won a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to teach entrepreneurship and STEM to local middle school students. For the last three years, these Colleges collaborated on the creation and implementation of an innovative after school curriculum for disadvantaged middle school students. The mission was to provide these students with lessons in STEM and entrepreneurship so that they will have the skills that will help them tackle the challenges of our interconnected and increasingly technical world.

Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson summed up his team’s mission as a way to “increase awareness and encourage interest in entrepreneurship and STEM as a choice of education but potentially also as a career for these students. Our goal was to make STEM cool by gamifying the experience with Entrepreneurship”.

“The fact that we three Colleges are collaborating is very significant,” states Director Jackson. Bringing together people from different disciplines is the best way to achieve success. Entrepreneurial members of the CSUF team helped teach the kids lessons in how to develop a business concept, test its feasibility, and how to bring their innovations to market. The engineering team members taught the students lessons on engineering and how to code. And members from the College of Education synthesized these lessons into a framework that was accessible for these young students.

The CSUF team was represented by Program Leader Dr. Jidong Huang and Dr. Pradeep Nair from the College of Engineering and Computer Science along with Dr. Amy Cox-Petersen and Professor Kim Case from the College of Education. Professor Jackson represented Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Additionally, numerous CSUF student mentors coached the middle school students in the after school classroom.

The $1 million grant is the second largest grant won in Mihaylo College’s history and was used to fund the mentors, faculty, and materials needed to maintain the after school program.

After three years of running this program the CSUF faculty and student mentors, the middle school students, and middle school teachers who participated in this program celebrated their accomplishments at their annual showcase. Participating middle school students presented their solutions and inventions using a poster-style format to showcase what they have learned to the hundreds of people in attendance, including Mihaylo College Interim Dean Morteza Rahmatian and College of Engineering and Computer Science Interim Dean Susamma “Susan” Barua.

“The parents are just super enthusiastic. Here’s a chance for their kids to get introduced to entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, and math and take a possible interest in getting more education for their career,” said Director Jackson.

Working with these students was a joy for Director Jackson and the CSUF team and they are confident that once the studies about their program’s efficacy have concluded later this summer they will find that thanks to their STEM Inc. program participating students will be shown to have a greater appreciation and fluency with entrepreneurial and STEM concepts. This is a big thing because these skills are absolutely necessary for their success.

Building on these early successes, the goal is for the participating middle schools to continue to run the program and help enrich the lives of students for many years to come.

This article was written by Traci Muldoon


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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

Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur – CSUF Startup Incubator

Join us at the CSUF Irvine campus to learn about Intellectual Property from lawyer Stephen LaCount

Join us at the CSUF Irvine campus to learn about Intellectual Property from lawyer Stephen LaCount

Usually, the most valuable thing that young companies own is their intellectual property. This is the portfolio of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets that a company creates and there can be a tremendous amount of value there. Unfortunately, too many businesses do not fully utilize their intellectual property.

That’s where a good lawyer like Stephen LaCount comes in. Stephen works with his clients to develop a strategy to protect their IP and fully utilize it. In this talk at Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus for the CSUF Startup Incubator, Stephen will go into the important lessons that every entrepreneur should know about intellectual property. After attending this talk, attendees will have a clearer understanding of what their intellectual property is, how to protect it, and what to do with it.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.

We hope to see you there! Reserve your ticket today.

[You will need to purchase a parking permit to park on this campus. Information for parking can be found here: http://www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/about/campusmap.php]


Stephen H. LaCount Biography

Prior to founding his own boutique firm in March of 2005, Stephen LaCount was affiliated with Nixon Peabody LLP, a top-50 law firm headquartered in the Northeast. He was previously a partner (and member of the firm’s Executive Committee) in the national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP from 1992-2003. He attended Boston University (B.A.), New York Law School (J.D.) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. Trade Regulation).

Mr. LaCount has extensive experience representing a broad range of corporate clients and has also served as in-house counsel with a number of prominent multinationals, including Studebaker-Worthington, Inc., Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Esterline Technologies. In 1987, he relocated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Irvine, California to join AST Research, Inc., a Fortune 500 personal computer manufacturer, where he served as General Counsel for three years before entering private practice.

His practice emphasizes domestic and international business transactions, including acquisition and sale of technology assets, general counseling/emerging growth companies, intellectual property protection and exploitation, technology licensing and development, software transactions and information technology contracting, outsourcing, strategic partnering arrangements, internet, e-business, privacy and data protection, antitrust, and specialized regulatory matters involving International technology transfer.

He is also a long-standing member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals and has arbitrated a wide variety of disputes involving intellectual property rights and technology and franchise-related agreements and transactions.

Stephen LaCount served as the Laspa Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Law and Practice at Harvey Mudd College (the engineering and science school of the Claremont college consortium) and has also taught law-related courses at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo School of Business and Economics, and at Chapman University’s Fowler Law School and Argryos School of Business and Economics.

Mr. LaCount served on the board of directors of the Computer Law Association (currently known as the International Technology Law Association) from 1992-1998 and continues to serve as an active member of ITLA. In 1991 and 1995, he chaired the CLA’s biennial Pacific Rim Computer Law Conferences in Newport Beach and San Francisco. He co-founded the High-Tech Innovation Awards, an annual Orange County technology company showcase currently in its 20th year. In May of 2007, he was awarded Tech America’s prestigious Community Service Award.

He is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on technology contracting and international trade subjects and most recently served on the faculty of the 8th International Asian Conference in Bangalore, India. Mr. LaCount has been ranked by Who’sWho Legal as one of California’s top Information Technology lawyers for the past 15 years.

Stephen LaCount is admitted to the state bars of New York and California.


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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

 

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Featured in Coast Magazine

Geoff Pascual '16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 creating art and a business

Geoff Pascual ’16 has been featured in these pages in Pop Art for a New Generation for the business he has started: Pascual Productions. Geoff has done a great deal of hard work over the years to make his art into a real business. His drive and dedication have sustained him and he is starting to realize financial success as an artist, which is not an easy thing to do.

Geoff was one of our students in the classroom and he graduated as a Resident from the CSUF Startup Incubator as well. One of his mentors while at the Incubator was Rudy Chavarria and Rudy has definitely helped Geoff improve his PR game. One recent example of this successful collaboration was when Geoff was featured in the OC Register’s Coast magazine for his anime-inspired pop art.

Below is a copy of the article about Geoff and what his artistic inspiration is.

Geoff Pascual Coast Magazine Article CSUF Startup Incubator


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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

 

CSUF Alumni to give Digital Marketing Talk in La Mirada

James and Ryan Fratzke have been kind enough to give talks about digital marketing to our students and at the CSUF Startup Incubator; and they are featured in our Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series as well. On Wednesday, May 17 they will be giving a talk in La Mirada that will help business owners and entrepreneurs learn the basics for marketing and branding on the internet. Here are the details:

Social Media Marketing Workshop with James and Ryan Fratzke in La Mirada 2017


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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

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Present their Businesses to our Community

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students after their end of the semester business presentations

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students after their end of the semester business presentations

At the end of every semester CSUF Entrepreneurship students present their businesses or the progress they have made on launching their businesses to a panel of judges from the community, which includes: investors, bankers, entrepreneurs, and many other professionals. These are awesome learning experiences for our students because: 1. They get to practice pitching their businesses and 2. They get valuable feedback from our judges on how they can improve their businesses.

Director John Bradley Jackson discusses the importance of these panels to our students in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

Last Friday, Dr. Atul Teckchandani, Professor Jeff Longshaw, and myself hosted presentations that our students gave to judges (i.e. investors, entrepreneurs, and professionals from our community). These presentations are the culmination of a semester’s worth of work by our students and their dedicated mentors to craft actionable business plans or work on the launch of real businesses.

While these presentations and the questions from our judges can be stressful for our students they also are tremendous learning experiences. I think I can safely speak for the other professors when I say that our students certainly got feedback that can improve their startups going forward.

The semester is quickly drawing to a close; we only have two weeks left before the end of the semester and many of our students will be walking at graduation. My sincerest hope is that our students that are graduating will achieve everything they set out to accomplish. And, maybe, that some of the feedback that they received last Friday will help.

Thank you to all who participated!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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Focus on your Character First – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Jim Reichert has had thousands of business relationships throughout the years so it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about people. And he has some simple, straightforward advice for people who want to build stronger relationships, whether for business or otherwise.

To Jim, Dr. Stephen R Covey’s words on building character rather than working on creating a better personality really ring true. You can have the most engaging, gregarious personality in the world but that doesn’t really matter if you can’t follow through on what you say you will.

That’s why you have to focus on building your character. Even if you aren’t the life of the party if you do what you say you are going to do, be honest, trustworthy, and everything else that is the mark of someone with strong character, then you will be in a better position to accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

Why? Because people will come to rely on you. They know that  you are a trustworthy person. Someone with character that won’t just tell you what you want to hear.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship clip was taken from a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator

Edited by Bo Kim


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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