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CSUF Startup Incubator Office Hours for Spring 2018

The founder of HypeLife Brands, Curt Cuscino, gave a talk for the CSUF Startup Incubator about how to market your business to millennials. You can meet one-on-one with Curt, along with our many other experts, at office hours.

Every week we host office hours with a number of experts from the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. These experts can help entrepreneurs in a wide range of issues including:

  • Intellectual Property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, and all the rest)
  • How to Start a Business
  • Marketing/Social Media

And that’s just a short list. Our experts do focus on a particular field, so if we have an IP attorney doing office hours they’re expertise is in IP, but they have many years of experience to draw on to help entrepreneurs with their particular issues. I remember an example where a person came in to see one of our marketing experts and ended up making a connection with a graphic designer that they needed.

These office hours are completely free for everyone. You do not have to be a student, alumni, or directly connected with the university in any way. Just register some time during our listed office hours (see below) and get some assistance in figuring out how to grow your business!

But be careful, office hours aren’t a way for you to get a full time advisor that will help you grow your business every week. Office hours are a great way to get general advice in a short form (half hour to an hour per meeting with one of our experts) way.

To get a consistent team of advisors I strongly suggest you consider becoming a Resident at the CSUF Startup Incubator where we work with entrepreneurs over the course of an initial six month residency to help them go from concept to launch. There is a cost associated with this service but our team of advisors have been there, done that in the startup world and they will meet with you frequently to help you become the best entrepreneur that you can become.

Currently Scheduled Office Hours for CSUF Startup Incubator

Office Hours with Patent Attorney Austin Bonderer – CSUF Startup on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3pm at the Placentia Office

How to Start a Business with Professor Longshaw @ CSUF Startup on Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator Placentia Office

Office Hours with Startup Expert Dave Kinnear @ CSUF Startup on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Office (parking pass required if parking on campus)

Identifying and Protecting your IP: 1 on 1 Office Hours with Patent Attorney Justin Sanders @ CSUF Startup on Wednesdays from noon to 2pm on the CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Office (parking pass required if parking on campus)

Learn Marketing with Branding Expert Curt Cuscino – CSUF Startup on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Office (parking pass required if parking on campus)

We hope that you can attend some of these one-on-one sessions with our experts in 2018 and if you have any questions about office hours or anything else that the CSUF Startup Incubator or CSUF Entrepreneurship does please get in touch with us by sending us an email to csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu


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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

Grow Your Business In 2018 With CSUF Entrepreneurship

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider has been on a little bit of a hiatus the last couple of weeks but we are now back!

CSUF Entrepreneurship has a lot of cool projects and events planned for 2018 and I will be sharing those with you as we get closer to them but, right now, I would like to know what you have planned for the new year.
One of the most common resolutions I’ve heard from entrepreneurs is that they want to improve their business in some way. Boosting sales, launching a social media strategy, figuring out how to effectively present to investors, and getting a better grip on their financial controls are just a few of the ways entrepreneurs want to improve in 2018. How about you?

As has been proven out by our thousands of client engagements, any business can benefit from an engagement with a CSUF Consulting team. Our consulting teams consist of a group of students, their professor, and, for projects completed by our undergraduates, a mentor with an excellent professional background, work with their clients over the course of a semester with one goal in mind: Develop a comprehensive strategy for clients to take advantage of the opportunities that they have.

And if you have an idea for a new business the CSUF Startup Incubator is here to help take you from concept to launch. In addition to working with Incubator staff and a startup coach, each entrepreneur also receives insights from one of our CSUF Consulting teams at no extra cost. It’s a great mix of services that can help entrepreneurs at any stage.
We have a couple of spots still open for the spring semester for businesses that want to benefit from the insights and creativity that CSUF Consulting teams bring to every project they work on. If you are interested in becoming a client or know of a company that would be a good fit for the CSUF Consulting program please get in touch with Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina right away via email at cymedina@fullerton.edu or give her a call at (657) 278-8243.
Sincerely,
John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator
 

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Jonny May ’17 Piano Christmas Cheer in One Minute

Jonny May ’17 is a CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus who has harnessed his entrepreneurial studies at Cal State Fullerton into a thriving startup where he teaches people how to play the piano called Piano with Jonny. For the season, he has released a video where he plays eight different Christmas songs in one minute. Enjoy!


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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 Pitch Investors

Last Friday was the culmination of a lot of work on the part of CSUF Entrepreneurship students. They pitched their startups to an august group of judges. Read more in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

At the end of every semester our entrepreneurship students get the opportunity to present their startups to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, and professionals of all stripes. These presentations are the culmination of at least a semester’s worth of hard work on the part of the students, their mentors, and professors and these presentations are not just academic exercises; they can be a pivotal step towards creating a sustainable business or nonprofit.
The latest presentations occurred last Friday and while it’s still too soon to tell I think that some of the startups have a good shot at becoming real businesses. And this isn’t just me talking, many of the judges felt the same way and, more importantly, many of our students have expressed to me that they have every intention of moving forward as well.
As these students progress we will definitely keep you informed about their progress but, right now, I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this process from day one to now. This list includes my colleagues at the Center for Entrepreneurship and professors Jack Mixner and Jeff Longshaw, both of whom have done excellent jobs teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs. The mentors in the classroom selflessly give of their time every week to help the students forge stronger startups; many thanks to all of you. Of course, the judges from Friday deserve a tremendous amount of kudos as well; some of them may even end up investing in some of the students they heard from.
And I also want to thank the students. Majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship is not an easy road to take. There are many long nights behind them that they spent developing their startups and I’m sure that there will be many long nights ahead of them as well as they work on the next big thing.
But that is the point, right? We are all endeavoring to do something that we love, something entrepreneurial. Maybe none of the startups pitched on Friday will get launched (but I think some of them will); the point is that an entrepreneurial education at Cal State Fullerton uniquely prepares our students for whatever path they decide to take. And they know that the CSUF Entrepreneurship community will be there for them along the way.
Sincerely,
John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator
 

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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.


#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 Home Stretch for 2017

CSUF Startup Incubator Irvine Open House (11)

2017 is almost over but there is still a lot of work to be done! Check out this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider and let us know what you have left to accomplish this year.

With December starting later this week there is not much time left in 2017. I hope that your year has been as productive and enjoyable as the year CSUF Entrepreneurship has had so far. And we have more things to accomplish before we turn the calendar over to 2018!

One of our recent milestones was launching our second CSUF Startup Incubator office on the CSUF Irvine campus. More than 200 people showed up to take a look at the new space and to network with other members of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. Earlier this morning, we posted some of the pictures that we took at the event and if you were one of the people who attended (or are just interested in getting involved at our Irvine office) please connect with me so that we can explore options. We are always looking for guest speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs who are eager to start their businesses.

While we do not have any events scheduled in Irvine for the rest of 2017 we will be hosting office hours there and at our Placentia office. If you are working on an idea for an innovative startup make sure to check out these office hours because they are a great way to get some valuable feedback from startup experts in a one-on-one setting. And if you are actively starting a business and would like the expert assistance of the CSUF Startup Incubator and its coaches please get in touch with me and we can discuss how we can help you go from concept to launch.

What do you have left to accomplish in 2017? I’d like to hear about it.

Sincerely,

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

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Happy Thanksgiving! From CSUF Entrepreneurship

Happy Thanksgiving to all CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders!

I like Thanksgiving. The food is always great but, more importantly, I get to spend some time with my family, friends, and any students who take me up on my invitation to spend this time with us.

I also like Thanksgiving because it is a time of reflection for me. One of the biggest things that I am grateful for is you, the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. Every year, hundreds, if not thousands, members of this community participate and help each other as students, professors, mentors, judges, donors, residents, and in a myriad other different roles. Ours is an amazing community and it is growing every year.

Last Wednesday, more than 250 of us celebrated the grand opening of the second CSUF Startup Incubator office at the CSUF Irvine campus. We should have some posts, pictures, and video up about that next week but I can tell you that everyone was excited about all the new opportunities for entrepreneurship that this location opens up for everyone.

And it is the CSUF Entrepreneurship community that has made this possible. And your contributions going forward will help us all achieve many more great things. Thank you!

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

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