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CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Making a Difference – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

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(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

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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

Why Students Want To Be Entrepreneurs – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

In this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider we get a little philosophical by tackling the question: Why do students want to be entrepreneurs? While there are many good, logical reasons to be an entrepreneur the real reason, I think, is more elemental.

Also, this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine), Director John Bradley Jackson will be hosting a seminar about how to give a winning investment pitch. We hope to see you there!

During the fall semester, a reporter for the Orange County Register, Wendy Fawthrop, sat in on one of our New Venture classes that I taught so that she could find out why students want to be entrepreneurs. After many, many hours of observing and interviewing students, mentors, and myself she published an amazing article that articulates the reasons why students choose entrepreneurship and how we prepare those students to become leaders in our community.

As you know, entrepreneurship is not an easy path. Entrepreneurs are trailblazers who transform the world in small and big ways. It’s an exciting calling, to say the least, and our students who choose entrepreneurship as their path do so knowing that while it will not be easy it is something that they have to do.

It is that unquantifiable calling that explains why our students, and all other entrepreneurs really, choose to be entrepreneurs. We cannot help it, it is a big part of who we are. That entrepreneurial spirit runs through you and I in everything we do.

Entrepreneurship is a thrilling calling to have and I hope that you can join me this Wednesday at 6pm at the new CSUF Startup Incubator office at the Cal State Fullerton Irvine campus for my talk on How to Pitch an Investment Panel so that we can catch up on each other’s entrepreneurial journeys.

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

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Why CSUF Students Choose to be Entrepreneurs – OC Register

How and why do Cal State Fullerton students launch companies before they graduate?

Seems like a simple question, right? But, like so many simple questions the answers to it are so variegated that it’s nearly impossible to quantify. At least that is the case for the “why” portion of that question. But the “how”, as the OC Register’s Wendy Fawthrop recently found out, has a more succinct answer: The New Venture courses for entrepreneurs at Cal State Fullerton.

Director John Bradley Jackson has been teaching both of the New Venture courses for nearly a decade now and, as he said in the article in the OC Register, “Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking from our perspective.” Very true. It’s not that there’s a standardize mold for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs are, after all “a little different. They’re kind of outliers.” But just because entrepreneurs are unique individuals with unique styles doesn’t mean that there is no process for teaching entrepreneurship.

And it’s that process that Ms. Fawthrop documented so well in her article about our New Venture courses. “The program taps the philosophy of the ‘lean startup,’ which seeks out market input early in the process to develop a bare-bones product that is subsequently improved upon.

“The student teams in Jackson’s class each came up with a ‘business model canvas,’ which lays out infrastructure, offerings, customers and financing. They incorporated surveys and interviews with prospective customers into their research, constantly tweaking their ideas before presenting them to a panel of investors, who pointed out problems no one saw and suggestions to make the idea better.’

“’This is how new ventures are created,’ Jackson said. ‘People come up with ideas and then they pitch them and then they get feedback. That feedback could be construed as criticism or negative. But… that’s the method to make things better.’”

There’s a lot more to this program and to the article, which I think you should definitely take some time to read because it goes into detail about the experiences of three separate startup teams in the classroom, all founded by students who are working on going from concept to launch with the help of Director Jackson and their mentors, and what they did over the course of the previous semester.

The OC Register article is a great way to get a good sense of what this class and being an entrepreneurship student at Cal State Fullerton entails and if you are a student who is considering entrepreneurship as your major please get in touch with us.


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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

Family Business Class for Spring 2018 Semester at Cal State Fullerton

Being a part of a family business comes with unique challenges but there are best practices for dealing with those challenges. And the best way to learn these best practices is not through trial and error; family is too important and those errors can add up to hurt feelings and ruined relationships. That’s why we think that it’s a great idea to learn what those best practices are so that you can deal with those challenges head on. Fortunately, for Cal State Fullerton students there is a class built specifically for you. Below is a flier with the important information about this class, including information on how to sign up.

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Titan Fast Pitch is Almost Here!

Make sure to sign up for the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider so that you don’t miss important updates about the Titan Fast Pitch (which is on October21, make sure to register as a competitor or as an audience member!), news about members of our CSUF Entrepreneurship community, and lessons on entrepreneurship.

I am excited about this year’s Titan Fast Pitch! It’s less than two weeks away and we already have dozens of entrepreneurial students from the universities, high schools, and even some middle schools already signed up. This year should be great!
If you are currently a student I strongly urge you to sign up for this year’s competition, which will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 4pm in the Titan Student Union. A good example of a top notch Titan Fast Pitch was done by John Chi a couple of years ago; check it out to get some inspiration for your own.
Even if you aren’t a student, we absolutely want you to attend so that you can support the student competitors. And, if you are willing, we would welcome you as a judge during our first round. This round will have all of the competitors giving their pitches to individual judges during a frenetic one hour round-robin style session. If you are interested in being a judge, please let Travis Lindsay know by sending him an email to tlindsay@fullerton.edu so that we can get you set up.
Either way, make sure to go to the Titan Fast Pitch site for more information on the competition and to register as a competitor or audience member.
We hope to see you at the competition!
Sincerely,

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

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