Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
SDSU Students Make a Difference through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
SDSU students are dedicated to making a positive impact on people from across the globe. Change the World One Thresher at a Time is a campaign designed to provide farmers in Ethiopia access to a human powered teff thresher.Teff, Ethiopia’s second largest cash crop generates approximately $500 million dollars for local farmers per year. This grain is the size of a poppy seed, and is currently being removed from the plant using live-stock. SDSU engineering students have created a more efficient way of harvesting this essential crop. These innovative machines only cost $250 to build, making this project an outstanding entrepreneurial endeavor.
While the SDSU Engineering students work toward perfecting the Thresher, the W.E. Do Good Company seeks to sell these machines to Ethiopian women who will rent them out to farmers and eventually set up a factory that will build these machines locally. This type of innovation and collaboration is precisely what entrepreneurship is about, recognizing a problem and finding a solution. This project will benefit Ethiopia on so many levels; support the entrepreneurial team and become a part of this projects success by making a donation to their crowdfunding campaign today.
2016 California Educators Conference in Full Development
Our third annual The California Educators Conference is a universal entrepreneurial event that brings entrepreneurship and pedagogy under one roof. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to host this innovative and cutting edge conference, hosted in an intimate setting where sharing and collaboration can be maximized. Please note the official dates for the California Conference have been moved and set for March 10th through the 12th of 2016.
To understand what the conference is like, please review highlights of the 2015 conference here . Right now, we are in full planning mode for this year’s conference. We have developed several new and innovative sessions and are talking to potential conference speakers and leaders. So, set the date in your calendar and plan to be here and open your mind to new research and pedagogy initiatives related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
If you have any questions, please contact Isha Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 594- 2781.
Identifying Teams for LeanModel™With the beginning of the school year approaching, we are taking off full speed on design plans for San Diego State University's 2016 LeanModel™ competition . We are currently in the process of redesigning aspects of the competition, contacting influential guest speakers, and seeking knowledgeable mentors. There will be more opportunities for participating teams to receive mentoring and feedback from experienced entrepreneurs with ample time for networking.
What should you be doing to help teams for our upcoming competition? Here are some tips: • Share awareness of the LeanModel™ Competition! • Identify strong teams on your campus to compete. • Coach and mentor them up!
As you start identifying teams to compete, don’t forget that our competition is a regional feeder to the International Business Model Competition held at BYU! While we continue to enhance San Diego State University’s LeanModel™ competition plans, we encourage you to view the videos of our last years competition winners to get an idea of what it will take to successfully compete.
First Year Lavin Entrepreneur Students Spend a Day with EntrepreneursTo kick start the two-year Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted a mixer on August 7th for first year Lavin students. We invited five entrepreneurs to share their experiences and entrepreneurial journeys. Entrepreneurs such as Chase Fisher, founder of Blenders Eyewear, Craig Stevens, founder of Mar West Realty, Michelle Weinstein, founder of Fitzee Foods and Thom McElroy, co-founder of Volcom, spent the morning surfing and paddleboarding with the incoming Lavin students at Tourmaline Surf Park in North Pacific Beach.
This interactive day continued onto the sand with lunch and a session where students had the opportunity to listen to these successful entrepreneurs as they described the different paths they took. Entrepreneurs offered students advice that would help them as they embark on this two year journey. This event was a promising start for these first-year Lavin Entrepreneurs and proved to be another successful event for the Lavin Entrepreneurs Program.