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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

April, 2018


Adv Board

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center would like to extend a warm welcome to Mark Monahan, the newest member of our Board of Advisors. As the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center grows, it is an exciting milestone when entrepreneurs join our entrepreneurial efforts, especially when new members, such as Mark, are SDSU alumni. Mark joins the board with a unique perspective, and we are excited to have him on our advisory board.

Mark Monahan is a financial technology executive. He has run many electronic brokerage firms in various asset classes - including CEO of MTS Markets International, CEO of Ballista Securities, CEO of IEB Asia and Global Head of Sales and Service for EBS. He is currently a board member of several institutions and was a founding board member of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in Asia. Mark has extensive international experience having lived and worked throughout Europe and Asia, but has recently returned to his native San Diego where he previously earned an MBA from SDSU.

When asked why he joined the Lavin Center Advisory Board, Mark mentions, "Over the past 20 years I have been more of a global oriented executive. Now that I'm back in San Diego, the Lavin board was a great starting point for me to jump back into local entrepreneurship. I have been part of four acquisitions in the fintech (financial technology) space; and as an SDSU alum I'd like to use that experience to help students if I can."



Five years ago we wanted to create a boutique style conference that would bring together world class Entrepreneurship educators and researchers to discuss future trends and directions in our field. During that time, we have been able to attract some of the top names in our filed to join us for a few days of fruitful discussions leading to the formation of new collaborations. This year was no exception. The 2018 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference held at San Diego State University's campus on April 12th-14th was a successful springboard for participants to unleash their innovative and creative ideas.

The conference gathered together academic leaders from across the innovation and entrepreneurship spectrum for three days of stimulating engagement. We also held evening receptions where participants had the opportunity to network and socialize, building cross-institutional connections. Participants shared ideas, started new collaborations, and learned about emerging practices in the evolving field of entrepreneurship education and research. They voiced their satisfaction with the quality of the program, indicating they left feeling excited and eager to implement what they learned to better serve their students. We are in the midst of confirming the dates for next year's conference. Sign up for our newsletter to receive future announcements..



For the ninth year in a row, Centennial Walkway housed SDSU’s Entrepreneur Day on March 7th, 2018. This event served as an opportunity for alumni as well as current students to showcase and sell products they have developed or acquired. Entrepreneur Day is hosted by the Entrepreneur Society (ES) at SDSU in combination with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. This event brings together SDSU alumni and student run companies to celebrate our mutual passion for entrepreneurship. This year, 43 student companies and 10 alumni companies participated and sold their products to students and the San Diego community. There was a variety of alum companies including Pura Vida, Blenders, Oggis and Stance Socks. It is truly a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit embedded within our university’s leadership oriented culture.


Highest GPA

Sarah Schuelzle has earned the highest GPA in SDSU’s Management Department in the Fowler College of Business for the 2018 year. Sarah is a Management undergraduate student and a Lavin Entrepreneur at San Diego State University. She hopes that the Lavin VentureStart program will help her start a business that promotes health and sustainability for both our community and the planet. Her goal is to be part of the for-benefit economy movement.

Sarah also works at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center where she serves as a liaison between Lavin Entrepreneurship students and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. She assists in organizational communication and is responsible for the Center’s campus newsletter. She also runs the Lavin Entrepreneur Program and Entrepreneur Day. We are extremely proud of our fellow Lavin Entrepreneur and wish Sarah the best in her future endeavors. We are also proud of our own Bernhard Schroeder, Director of Programs at the Lavin Center for being chosen by Sarah as her most influential professor in the Management Department.

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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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