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Paul Chappell, Peace Literacy Advocate, to Share His Vision for Realistic Hope at the G3X Conference

Paul ChappellWest Point grad and Iraq War veteran Paul Chappell overcame a troubled youth and is now an internationally-acclaimed advocate for nonviolence as peace literacy director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. A keynote speaker for the Gianneschi Leadership Institute on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at Mihaylo College’s G3X Conference, Chappell hopes that attendees will come away with realistic hope for the world and the framework to make a practical impact in their personal lives and communities.

An advocate for peace education in the educational system, Chappell envisions a world in which schools teach students how to achieve peaceful outcomes to conflict in interpersonal relationships, which can then be used to solve local, national and global challenges.

“We have a society and world in which people are not taught basic peace skills. Is it any surprise that the world is more violent than it has to be?” says Chappell. “We need to view peace and peace literacy as a skill set in the same way that we view math or engineering. This isn’t something that can be learned in 30 seconds. We have to train in it, understand it and recognize the framework and history of how it actually works.”

Check out Chappell’s background, ethos and a preview of the thoughts he will share at G3X on Mihaylo News .

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Gianneschi G3X Conference at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, visit the official G3X conference website.

CSUPERB: CSU I-Corps July 2018 Summer Sprint – Extended Deadline June 25, 2018 at 5pm

Science BusinessThe 2018 CSU I-Corps™ Summer Sprint Program deadline has been extended to Monday, June 25, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

The Summer Sprint is a 5-day, in-person, full-time biotechnology entrepreneurship education workshop at San Diego State University July 15-20, 2018; projects should be completed by July 31, 2018.

With funding from NSF, CSUPERB will cover participants’ travel to and from San Diego, as well as lodging and meals at San Diego State University during the Summer Sprint. Teams also win $1,000 microgrants to help advance their research-based ideas. Follow-on funding ($50,000) from the NSF is available to teams who complete the workshop.

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Congratulations CSUF Graduates! – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

Rachel Herzog '18

Rachel Herzog ’18

To make sure that you get all the updates from the CSUF Entrepreneurship community make sure to sign up for the weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

This past weekend Cal State Fullerton held its graduation ceremonies. I, along with all the professors, mentors, donors, judges, guest speakers, and staff, are proud to have had a part in the education of these graduates and I am very optimistic about their futures.
While all these graduates deserve special recognition for the work they have put in to earn their degrees I want to single out one in particular, Rachel Herzog. In addition to doing very well in the CSUF Startup Competition with her partner, Vanessa Ganaden, Rachel was a President’s Scholar and she earned additional honors at graduation, including the Mihaylo College Executive Council Outstanding Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Alumni Association. We posted an interview with her that delves into her academic career, what these awards mean to her, as well as her plans for the future. Well done Rachel!
Congratulations to all the graduates! And thank you to all of the professors, mentors, guest speakers, judges, donors, and staff that make a CSUF Entrepreneurship education special.
John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting, & CSUF Startup Incubator

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Rachel Herzog ’18

Rachel Herzog '18

Rachel Herzog ’18

Graduation was this past weekend and it is a special time for all the graduates and their families. It’s a time to celebrate, reflect, and look forward. One student in particular has a lot of celebrate: Rachel Herzog ’18.

Rachel was one of those special students that went the extra mile and beyond. She was a fixture in multiple clubs, a leader in the classroom, and excelled academically. Her academic career was superb and I’m confident that there’s only great things in her future as well.

At graduation Rachel earned two awards: the Mihaylo College Executive Council Outstanding Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Alumni Association. These are in addition to many other honors she received while a student including: being a President’s Scholar, finishing well in the CSUF Startup Competition, and many more. Oh, and her graduation speech (rap) was covered by the KTLA 5 Morning News! Watch it below. Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Pitch Concepts

CSUF Entrepreneurship students practicing their pitch to investors

CSUF Entrepreneurship students practicing their pitch to investors

At the end of every semester, our students pitch their business concepts to a group of judges comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, executives, bankers, and experts of all kinds. This semester, the concepts ran the gamut from a monthly book subscription box, a startup focusing on nanotechnology, to a safety app. These pitches are tremendous learning experiences as our panel of judges provides our students with excellent feedback as well as grades.

This panel happened a little over a week ago and since then the students have been hard at work incorporating their learning from their pitches into their plans and, for those who are actively launching their startups, into their actual operations.

Some of the feedback received centered on the students’ need to more fully analyze and project their financials, specifically the capital required to launch their startups. Other comments focused on the need to maintain eye contact with the audience and the need to create projections from the ground up.

For most students, these panels are not only great learning experiences but rather another step on their way to becoming better entrepreneurs.

Use Design Thinking to Have a Full Classroom

This one is for all the professors at Cal State Fullerton!

On April 18 and 19 (it’s one seminar that is being offered on both of these dates), SINC will be hosting a seminar on “How to Always Have a Full Classroom By Using Design Thinking to Create and Continuously Innovate Your Teaching Curriculum.” For more information, please go here (you may be asked to sign into your CSUF account).

SINC, Student Innovation Collective, was founded in 2016 by CSUF Students. They are a multidisciplinary group of students working together to tackle social issues that we all care about through design innovation. They have worked with companies and organizations like: Google, Stanford University, and the OC Register.

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Students Working on Philanthropic Startup Interviewed by VoyageLA

Alan Cerna and Branden Wells Apprentice Builds CSUF Startup Competition Semifinals

Branden Wells (left) and Alan Cerna at the CSUF Startup Competition Semifinals. They and their business, Apprentice Builds, were recently covered in VoyageLA and you can see them on Friday, April 6 at the CSUF Startup Competition Finals as they vie for a share of the more than $10,000 in scholarships and in-kind services.

We tell people this all the time: Entrepreneurship is rarely about raising millions of dollars and launching a tech company. Rather, entrepreneurship is about innovating and working on solutions that will make the world a better place and that is exactly why two of our Entrepreneurship students, Branden Wells and Alan Cerna, were recently interviewed by VoyageLA.

Pictured above, Branden and Alan have been working on the launch of their startup, Apprentice Builds, since last fall both in the classroom and at the CSUF Startup Incubator. Apprentice Builds’ mission is to teach teenagers the skills and responsibilities that come along with working on cars, especially hot rods. As you probably already know all too well, most schools have been dropping classes like the ones that Apprentice Builds are creating for decades now and that has left a hole in the educational fabric.

You can see Branden and Alan compete in the upcoming CSUF Startup Competition Finals on April 6 as they vie for a share in the more than $10,000 in scholarships and in-kind services available to the finalists.

Here’s a small bit from the article, I strongly recommend that you read the remainder on the VoyageLA website:

Apprentice Builds is a non-profit organization program that serves all high students in the low income or at-risk areas by providing knowledge and an opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship. Apprentice Builds works to reduce gang membership, drug use, and dropout rates by providing an outlet where the youth can learn valuable skills needed in today’s workforce. Students gain hands on skills building hot rods with experience mechanics and fabricators.

What makes the organization unique is not only the fact that students get to work on cool hot rods and cars but are taught responsibility taking the apprenticeship as a job and not a program anyone can be a part of. One of the biggest goals of the organization is to help these students leave the program with a second chance at knowing they’re better people than what they’re taught to be. With a mentor by their side, every student will have the proper guidance to stay on track with their life goals.

Branden and Alan continue to diligently work on Apprentice Builds and, as a reminder, you can see them at the CSUF Startup Competition Finals on Friday, April 6 from 1pm to 4pm at the Titan Student Union. There, they will be vying for a portion of the more than $10,000 in scholarships and in-kind services with their Apprentice Builds concept.

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