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Innovation At Cal State Fullerton – It Starts With You

CSUF students Lorenzo Santos and Vanessa Ganaden are working to bring more innovation to Cal State Fullerton

In this week’s edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider we focus on how innovation starts with you. Everyone has the ability to improve things and the seed of all innovation is an idea. Successful innovators are the ones who work every day to make those ideas into something real.

Over the past few weeks the CSUF Entrepreneurship community has been busy. A couple of our intrepid students attended a national conference along with CSUF President Garcia to learn how to bring more innovation to campus, and they have already begun acting on what they learned; many students have entered their innovative business concepts in the CSUF Business Plan Competition; and more of our CSUF Startup Incubator Residents have brought their innovations to market, one of them focusing on bringing joy to his customers and another on teaching his customers how to play the piano better.

Innovation, the lifeblood of entrepreneurship, comes from individuals and teams taking actions to create a better world. The Center for Entrepreneurship and the CSUF Startup Incubator innovates as well but what we excel at is working with individuals and teams to make them better innovators and better entrepreneurs.

What all of these stories have in common is that these innovators started small. Theirs is no overnight success story; they started from an idea and worked to grow it day after day. You can do this as well. We are here to help.

Sincerely,

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

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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

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

CSUF Business Plan Competition Applications Now Due March 12

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

In this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider we extend the application due date for the CSUF Business Plan Competition and highlight some of the events and stories coming out of the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator over the last week.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is an important event for all CSUF students who are serious about becoming entrepreneurs. And to make sure that every CSUF student has enough time to enter the competition, we have extended the deadline to submit a CSUF Business Plan Competition application to 11:55pm on Sunday, March 12.

Miguel Olivares ’16, who was part of the winning 2016 CSUF Business Plan Competition team along with Mandy Wong, summed up the competition very well for CSUF students:

“Be passionate about your dreams. If you really wanted to start a business, then take this opportunity to use the CSUF Business Plan Competition as a milestone to get your business launched. Being an entrepreneur is about action, and the best time to start anything is now. Don’t just talk about how you will one day start a business. Work at it, even if it’s just baby steps. Leave the excuses at home, and seek the help and guidance you need from knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The Center for Entrepreneurship is a great resource for this, and they have always been more than willing to help in all my business ideas. Take advantage of the resources you have.”

If you are a current CSUF student with an idea that you think can change the world for the better then make sure to turn in your application by March 12.

Sincerely,

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

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Follow Your Dreams – Enter 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

CSUF students are innovative people. But taking an idea and making it into a business is a hard thing to do, especially if you’ve never done anything like it before. This is one of the many reasons why we host the CSUF Business Plan Competition at Cal State Fullerton; to help CSUF students with innovative business concepts figure out how to launch their businesses.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is a great way for students to win scholarships and in-kind consulting services from a group of professionals in our network. Competitors will also get valuable feedback on their concepts from our judges and mentorship from our pool of 500+ professionals upon request. All of these benefits can help students start a business.

The deadline to sign up for the competition is March 12 at 11:55pm. The application process is very simple: interested students must fill out a short application that helps us learn about their concept from the ground up. And it is designed to help CSUF students to fundamentally think through their concept in a way that orients their thinking into figuring out how to take their innovative concept from idea to a real business. And absolutely no business education is required to enter or do well in this competition; how well the concept is thought through is what matters most.

Miguel Olivares ’16, who was on the team that won the 2016 CSUF Business Plan Competition, believes the competition can help students in many ways.

Be passionate about your dreams. If you really wanted to start a business, then take this opportunity to use the business plan competition as a milestone to get your business launched. Being an entrepreneur is about action, and the best time to start anything is now. Don’t just talk about how you will one day start a business. Work at it, even if it’s just baby steps. Leave the excuses at home, and seek the help and guidance you need from knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The center for entrepreneurship is a great resource for this, and they have always been more than willing to help in all my business ideas, and venture. Take advantage of the resources you have.

The question is: Are you ready to follow your dreams? Apply for the CSUF Business Plan Competition by March 12!


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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 Business Plan Competition Applications Due Soon!

Mandy Wang & Miguel Olivares; the winners of the CSUF Business Plan Competition in 2016

Mandy Wang & Miguel Olivares; the winners of the CSUF Business Plan Competition in 2016

This is the sixth year in a row that we will be hosting the CSUF Business Plan Competition and, in my opinion at least, this competition is a great way for CSUF students to get their entrepreneurial feet wet. This competition is for every student who has an idea that they think would make for a great business and, hopefully, this competition will get them started down the road to becoming an entrepreneur. Applications are due March 5 so make sure to get your application in quickly!

More info on the CSUF Business Plan Competition is in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider along with a lot of other great stuff and a list of upcoming events.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition was created for all CSUF students with creative concepts that they think would make for a good business. In other words, this competition is all about encouraging CSUF students to take their first steps in becoming an entrepreneur.

Completing a short application is the first step for entering the CSUF Business Plan Competition. The purpose of this application is to help us understand what the student’s concept is and how well they have thought it through. Applications are due Sunday, March 5 at 11:55pm; make sure to get your application in or, if you’re not a current CSUF student, encourage those in your network who are to enter this competition.

There are multiple rounds to this competition that culminates in the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals on April 14. All are welcomed to the Finals but only the top competitors will be vying for a share of over $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 in in-kind awards (consulting time with some of our mentors from our program). There will also be opportunity drawings for those in attendance.

For those who enter this competition mentors will be made available to help in the development of the your concept and to help you prepare for presentations.

Please go to the CSUF Business Plan Competition site for a full list of rules and more information on how to enter this competition.

We look forward to seeing all of the innovative concepts that come out of this competition and hopefully some will follow through and start a business that changes their lives and benefits the world!

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Students Become Innovation Fellows

Lorenzo Santos (L) and Vanessa Ganaden (R) are working to bring more innovation to the Cal State Fullerton campus as University Innovation Fellows

Lorenzo Santos (L) and Vanessa Ganaden (R) are working to bring more innovation to the Cal State Fullerton campus as University Innovation Fellows

Three CSUF students were recently named University Innovation Fellows (UIF). As fellows, the students become part of a national group of other innovation-minded students who are learning how to bring techniques to foster innovation back to their universities.

This is the second group of CSUF students to become Innovation Fellows. The first pair of University Innovation Fellows were Amerika Bernal and Cristian Sanchez. They brought back what they learned from the UIF program at Stanford University and help to start the co-ed fraternity Sigma Upsilon Mu and were involved in many other innovative projects on campus. One such initiative was fostering closer relations between business and engineering students that continues to this day.

Vanessa Ganaden, one of the current UIF participants, has big goals in mind for bringing innovation to Cal State Fullerton.

“Our goal for participating in this program is to learn different frameworks for promoting innovation within the university,” said Vanessa. “We were able to do that with Student Innovation Collective [SINC is a student club that promotes innovation on campus]. Our next goal is to leverage what we learned from University Innovation Fellows to create a makerspace on campus where students can come together to work on ideas and projects.”

From the OC Register:

Cal State Fullerton students Lorenzo Santos, Vanessa Ganaden and Steven Debolt have been named University Innovation Fellows.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides fellowships for students worldwide who aspire to and advocate to create change at their schools. It is managed by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The students were chosen from students in 49 higher education institutions in four countries.

Vanessa and Lorenzo are already hard at work bringing innovative initiatives to Cal State Fullerton by helping to promote and lead student groups preparing for the CSUF Business Plan Competition and through SINC. And they recently returned from a conference at Stanford where they were able to learn many valuable techniques for promoting innovation on campus and they also had the opportunity to work with many key CSUF influencers, including CSUF President, Mildred Garcia. We will be publishing a more in-depth story about that soon.


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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