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.