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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

August, 2014

Business Forum Speaker Series Features Steve Fisher

SDSU to Offer New Entrepreneurship Minor Across Entire Campus

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Business Forum Speaker Series Features Steve Fisher

August NS one The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) is pleased to announce its third Business Forum Speaker Series Event this year. On September 10th, 2014, Steve Fisher will share his insights on how companies can build great teams. Mr. Fisher is the Head Basketball Coach that guided SDSU to the greatest season in SDSU history in 2011 when they won 34 games, spent a majority of the year ranked in the top 10 and won the program's first-ever NCAA tournament games en route to the Sweet 16. In 14 seasons, he has taken a program that regularly missed out on the conference postseason tournament, to one which has become one of the best programs on the West Coast and is respected nationally in all college basketball circles.

For more information, please visit Business Forum webpage.
For registration, please email Amy Checho at

Business Forum Speaker Series                Steve Fisher                SDSU Basketball               

Lavin Center Offers New Corporate Entrepreneurship Internship Program

August NS two The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is offering a new program for SDSU students and local companies this fall. The Corporate Entrepreneurship Internship Program is designed to connect talented students with corporations looking to make a difference in the San Diego Business Community. The program entails the completion of a strategic project for an organization by an MBA intern, or accomplishing a social media / online marketing project by an undergraduate student. Past projects have included the development of a marketing strategy, financial analysis modeling, operations review and assessment, performing strategic product analysis and competitive marketplace due diligence. The program allows interns to utilize their academic knowledge and previous experience to tackle challenges in a corporate setting.

As corporations look to grow, they face the possibility of creating new products, moving into a new marketplace or spinning out a division to become a standalone company. Students and companies alike can benefit from these entrepreneurial endeavors. Our students typically complete a project within 150 hours (1 semester) and there is no hiring or payroll costs added to the program. It has never been easier to give back to the community and support the next generation of professionals!

For more information, please visit our Corporate Entrepreneurship Internship website or contact Christine Ren at

Lavin Center Internship Programs                Corporate Entrepreneurship Internship Program               

The Lavin Center’s LeanModel Competition Is Going Global

LeanModelGlobal Due to the success of the LeanModel Start-Up Competition in previous years, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at SDSU is excited to announce that in 2015, the competition will be open to all four-year universities around the world. LeanModel is not a traditional business plan competition where students are required to present their research in the industry and sales forecast. LeanModel is designed to make the participants think out of the box and utilize the business model canvas in their decision making process. The competition rewards students for identifying and defining assumptions, testing those assumptions in the marketplace, and then pivoting their business model based on customer feedback.

The LeanModel Competition will be held at SDSU on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, 2015. Applications will open in early November, 2014. For more information, please check our website.

LeanModel Competition        

Hansen Program Student Highlight – Saurabh Choudhary

Saurabh Choudary This summer, students from 15 different countries visited the University of San Diego (USD) to work on emerging social entrepreneurship projects. The students were required to plan and create and organization that will bring benefits to their home countries by creating sustainable social ventures. Saurabh Choudhary, a 19 years-old student from India, became one of the winners of the program this July. Concerned about the lack of education amongst young people in India, he proposed to create an organization that will support low-income students by recycling used textbooks. “The main idea is to have students that finished school resell their textbooks to us, then we issue them in-store credits for other textbooks they may need next year,” explained Choudhary. “My organization will be able to encourage people to reuse textbooks, diminish costs per semester for pupils, and give opportunities for struggling students to finish high school,” he continued.

Education in India is fairly expensive, and textbooks are the main reason why students abandon school after 4th grade. “I know exactly how it feels,” said Choudhary. “I have been living away from my parents since I was in primary school mainly because they wanted me to be independent and have a chance to become who I am right now. ” Living with the relatives and studying on his own, Saurabh finished high school with straight As. He is now a Chief Strategist and Frontline Entrepreneur for Dexterity Global, a non-profit focused on education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship in developing countries. He also co-founded a green venture InWaste to check and control the production of waste in Patna, India. With that many endeavors, Saurabh still thinks about a greater and better future for India. It motivated him to establish Book Connect for students that cannot afford new textbooks. “I want to make a difference in India because so many students are forced to quit school each year,” he said. “I am sure that with the help and support of the Hansen program, hundreds of people will have an opportunity to become who they want to be and bring value to the society,” Choudhary continued.

Dexterity Global                Hansen Summer Institute            University of San Diego               

Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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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