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CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

John Chi, winner of the 2013 CSUF Business Plan Competition

John Chi, winner of the 2013 CSUF Business Plan Competition

The main event of CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals is the culmination of a campus-wide search for the best business idea created by a current student or student team. Based off of a rigorous selection process, the top business concepts are presented by their creators to a panel of distinguished judges and to an eager audience. All competitors in the Finals will receive funding for their new ventures through scholarships.

There will be opportunity drawings for those in attendance as well (make sure to get your raffle ticket).

Come to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators!

Attendance is free, all you have to do is RSVP!

Date: Friday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm

Location: Titan Student Union, 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csuf-business-plan-competition-finals-tickets-31659455283?aff=csuf


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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 Startup Incubator Resident Launches Insurance Comparison Shopping Platform

Harvey Kong Launches Goodfetch with help of CSUF Startup Incubator

Harvey Kong, left, launched insurance comparison shopping site Goodfetch with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator

When it comes to anything insurance related, just the thought of it can stress almost anyone out. Lets face it, while the simple signing on the dotted line is easy, “shopping” for the right insurance can often be very difficult and sometimes overwhelming. But don’t sweat it – entrepreneur Harvey Kong has come up with a new alternative that will change the way we shop for insurance.

Last year, Harvey joined the CSUF Startup Incubator as a resident to help him launch his business. At the start of his time at the CSUF Startup Incubator, he sat down with staff and his startup coach to develop a custom roadmap for his launch that would position his business for success. After frequent meetings with his advisors, he was able to develop and enact a startup plan that he still uses today even though he has graduated from the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Harvey has fine-tuned his concept to launch Goodfetch, an online platform that compares home and auto insurance quotes for the consumer at just the click of a mouse. According Harvey, “Goodfetch addresses the pertinent issue of shopping [for insurance], not merely buying. Buying insurance is easy, but shopping for it remains too tedious a process.” Similar to websites such as Kayak.com, which compares airfare and hotel rates, Goodfetch provides comparisons of home and auto insurance quotes “from a wide selection of insurance companies.”

This is how it works: The consumer submits a single form online to request insurance quotes. Then insurance companies or their agents input their quotes based on information submitted. Based on the consumer’s preference and insurance companies’ competitiveness, Goodfetch’s proprietary algorithm lists a few quotes for the consumer in a side-by-side format for easy comparison. The consumer and the agent will be connected only if the consumer is interested in buying.

Harvey’s inspiration for developing Goodfeth came from his 25 years of experience as an insurance agent, where he noticed that “Consumers don’t shop for auto/home insurance because it’s one of the worst shopping experience. I want to make it easy for the consumer to compare insurance quotes, and at the same time, also enable the agent to run his business more efficiently, without hard selling tactics.”

Even though this company is new we see a lot of potential in it. If all goes according to plan, Goodfetch will change how consumers shop for insurance. If you wish to find out which insurance company offers you the best deal, why not start a search at Goodfetch? It can save you time and a lot of money.

Written by: Traci Muldoon

Edited by: Travis Lindsay


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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

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