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Sunday, June 16th 2019

Paris, France

Dates: December 28, 2013 through January 16, 2014
Course: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358)

SDSU Students in Paris
SDSU Students in Paris
The Lavin Entrepreneur Center sent SDSU students on a trip to France to study the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in an international context. This experience allowed students to explore market opportunities, identify products and services, and understand how entrepreneurs do business from the beautiful cultural context of Paris, France.

Students had the opportunity to engage with seven business founders in Paris ranging from a tea and pastry shop, to a chain of brewpubs to a $1.4 billion ecommerce company. Students interacted with different individuals which fostered their capability to attain an understanding of the local environment in terms of entrepreneurship. We visited two of the seven regional incubators supported by the French government and attended presentations from several startup companies.

Class lectures were held at the students accommodations, a modern building complex housing student rooms, conference and classrooms as well as a delicious French bakery. Lectures focused on topics such as, opportunity recognition, team aspirations, market and industry analysis, business forecasting, and target segment benefits. Students also completed ideation exercises, individual and group case studies, and a group presentation project. In addition, a professor from the Sorbonne University presented trends and culture insights about the French marketplace.

Students had an amazing time, gaining insights on entrepreneurship from the vantage point of Paris, France. The students travelled the Metro together, visited London and immersed themselves into the French culture. The insights they experienced and gleaned from the local entrepreneurs will serve as life-long memories.

I look for three I's in an employee--integrity, industry and intelligence. Of the three, integrity is the most important.
~ Sol Price, SDSU'34
   Price Club


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