Category Archives: CSUF Entrepreneurship Community

Why Would a Business Promote on Aidtree?

aidtreeAidtree is an online promotion platform for businesses to promote their products via digital coupons with the majority of the proceeds from the coupon purchase (70-90%) going to causes the customer supports.

Aidtree operates much like an online Entertainment Book. The key points are:

  • Businesses can reach out to their community and help causes in their area without tracking purchases; mass fundraisers and requiring extra help.
  • Businesses can change their coupon at any time giving control and ensuring profitability.
  • The coupon is valid for only 30 days where the purchases gets a refund.
  • Once the coupon is used 70-90% of the purchase price of the coupon is sent to the cause the purchaser supports.
  • Coupon creation is a simple formula: If a Customer comes in and purchases X the business is willing to discount Y. Discount examples are as follows:
    • $5 coupon for $25 purchase
    • $7.50 coupon for $50 purchase
    • $10 coupon off a Set Meal order
  • NO money exchanges hands between the businesses and Aidtree.
  • Aidtree is FREE with NO STRESS!

Aidtree promotes the businesses to the causes and encourages the use of at least one coupon per month. All a business has to do is honor the coupon that they created. It’s as easy as that!

Ready to get started with Aidtree?

Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneurship Events

Presenting to an Investment Panel - CSUF Startup Incubator (2)

Attend one of our events! At the very least you will meet interesting people like Entrepreneur in Residence Phillip Stinis, pictured here at one of our events.

Echoing the thoughts in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, building a solid team is one of the most important tasks that an entrepreneur can undertake. Think of it this way: If you can add a million dollars worth of value to a business think about how much more value a team of people with complimentary skills to yours can add. And this added value isn’t just arithmetic, it’s exponential.

A great way to find potential team members is to attend events. Yes, events like our events, of course, but go to other events as well. Networking may seem like it can be a bit cliched sometimes but there can be tremendous value to it if you take advantage of it.

Take a look at this CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to see some of the events that we have upcoming and we hope to see you at one of them!

One of the key things I tell every entrepreneur that I work with is that they need to build a strong team. Finding the right talent isn’t easy but there are simple ways to do this and the most direct route is to network and become a contributing part of the entrepreneurial community.

Our events are one way to do this. On many occasions I have seen how strangers will come to our events and end up collaborating on ideas afterwards. This is great for those who take advantage of the networking opportunities that we provide and it is a strong confirmation of the good that can happen when you bring entrepreneurial people together.

On this note, we have announced a number of interesting events for entrepreneurs that I hope you can attend. This Wednesday at our Irvine office, we welcome Patrick McClure to talk about marketing to millennials. On February 28, we will welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship graduate and philanthropic entrepreneur Candace Thome in to talk about marketing on a budget. Two weeks after that on March 14 in Placentia startup expert Jim Cooper will give a seminar about the strategies he uses with clients to fund STEM-related startups.

In addition to these events we host office hours with experts in various fields at both our Irvine and Placentia offices. More information on those can be found below.

We hope to see you soon!

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

P.S. We just announced this year’s CSUF Startup Competition for current CSUF students! If you are or know of a current Cal State Fullerton student I strongly urge you to submit an application by March 9.

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Making a Difference – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

SINC

(Left: John Bradley Jackson, SINC’s Faculty Advisor Right: Yumi Liang, SINC’s Co-Founder/President)

Is entrepreneurship all about raising money and launching businesses? As you’ll find out in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider you will see that while those are very important aspects of entrepreneurship they’re not the only thing that entrepreneurship is about.

One of the things about entrepreneurship that too many people do not understand is that being entrepreneurial does not have to be about making money; anyone can be entrepreneurial. A fantastic example of this was the competition that was held late last year at Cal State Fullerton that challenged students from Southern California to find innovative solutions to the homelessness crisis that has stricken far too many people in our community.

Yesterday, we published a synopsis from Cal State Fullerton student Yumi Liang ’18 on her experience from participating in this competition. Yumi is the President of a CSUF student club called Student Innovation Collective (SINC) whose mission fits very nicely with the challenge set forth in the competition described above: Use design thinking to develop solutions for the most challenging societal problems.

Yes, a big and important part of entrepreneurship is about launching businesses (you can find my PowerPoint from the seminar I hosted last week at our CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine) office by going here), but it’s also about making the world a better place in everything that we do. And I cannot put into words how proud I am of Yumi and all of the other students, judges, hosts, and volunteers who participated in this competition. I am confident that good things will come out of it!

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

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Presenting to an Investment Panel – CSUF Startup

Last week, Director John Bradley Jackson hosted a seminar on “Presenting to an Investment Panel” at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine). This was a special event, not only because the director was presenting, but because it was the first event at the newly opened CSUF Startup Incubator office at the Cal State Fullerton Irvine campus!

We will be publishing some video clips from this seminar but, until then, here’s the copy of JJ’s presentation.

And here are some pictures from the event.

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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:
http://bit.ly/CSUFknowledge

School Club SINC wins $10,000 to Push Humanity Forward

Post by Yumi Liang

SINC Yumi Liang

After a year of focusing on revolutionizing the way students in different disciplines work together, Student Innovation Collective (SINC), decided to focus their efforts on using the Design Thinking Model to create social change through their community.

These ambitious young innovators stepped foot in the pavilions this past December in order to compete in Push Humanity Forward’s Fight To Solve Homelessness 2017 Competition.

SINC

SINC

“Being part of the SINC Design Thinking process was fantastic. Homelessness is a wicked problem, yet each team crafted solutions that had a unique approach to tackling the issue head-on. We love to watch SINC make the world a better place through design.” – Will Taormina CEO, Push Humanity Forward

SINC

Push Humanity Forward is a nonprofit based in Orange County that strives to solve earth’s biggest problems by developing solutions that push humanity forward. Partnered with multiple city councils and influential changemakers, their competition was focused on creating innovative solutions in order to rid the community of the homelessness situation. Currently, over 1,000 homeless people reside down by the riverbeds (and that’s just the small area in front of the Angels Stadium in Anaheim).

SINC

Within the competition from notable schools from USC and UCLA, CSUF was able to win first place in all major categories of the competition winning a grand total of over $6,000.

“Having such a great accomplishment encouraged our students to continue to pursue their ideas. Attempting to solve real-world issues like homelessness definitely challenged and humbled us. We need to have more interdisciplinary projects like this from the higher education, so the future generation is aware of their environment and the world around them.” – Yumi Liang ’18 Co-Founder/President, SINC, International Business.

SINC

(Left: John Bradley Jackson, SINC’s Faculty Advisor Right: Yumi Liang, SINC’s Co-Founder/President)

With this prize money, each team will be able to push their ideas further and truly make a difference while in college.

All four CSUF created innovative solutions including the following:

A charitable movement that allows over 500 homeless people to be provided with the access to updated resources for under $50 through the use of user-centric pamphlets.

SINC

(Team: Michael Do, Yumi Liang, Samantha Biggs, William Kim, Liren Yin)

An online platform focused on helping homeless people find jobs through a revolutionary system that creates a win-win for local businesses.

SINC

(Team: Ghazi Aryan, Chalisa Phiboolsook, Mariah Maldon, Juan Villalobos, Santa Udagawa)

A sustainable farmland ecosystem that bridges both a strengthened community and productivity from the existing homeless groups.

SINC

(Team: Vipul Dalwar, Jesse Heitman, Josh Fang, Emanuele Protano, Karen Kaur, Danielle Picard)

A newly developed type of outdoor mattress that takes on the for purpose model as a for-profit company focused on social good.

SINC

(Team: Esteban Hamilton, Johan Perez-Reyes, Jason Arano, Monica Chua, Robert Lopez)

“When we founded SINC, we never knew that these opportunities were possible. Because of the work that I’ve done here, it empowered me and made me realize that I’m not too young to start my own business, even while in college…and I did.” – Lorenzo Santos Co-Founder, SINC ‘17, Advertising

Student Innovation Collective (SINC) is an award winning student-led organization that focuses on gathering students from every single department of the campus, and empowering them to work on awesome social impact challenges together using the Design Thinking methodology. Ultimately, members of this community prove to themselves that they can make a difference while in college. If you’re a student who’s ready to make a difference, feel free to contact Yumi Liang at yxxl@csu.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:
http://bit.ly/CSUFknowledge

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

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!


#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