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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

December, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Selected as Finalist for National Award!

Lavin, Center, GCEC, Award!

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has been selected as a finalist for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education National Model Undergraduate Program Award! This award is given to a college or university that have developed and currently still offers high quality and innovative programs for the purpose of educating and training future generations of entrepreneurs. The award is given to the finalist with exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support, and impact.

Dr. Alex F. DeNoble, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, will be traveling to the annual USASBE Conference held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 19-22, 2017. DeNoble will be representing San Diego State University and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at the 2017 USASBE Conference to give the finalist presentation. Award winners will be announced on January 21st, 2017 at the Entrepreneurship Education Awards Ceremony and Party of Excellence.

LaunchIn: Students Meeting Startup Founders


This past November, The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center in partnership with the SDSU Entrepreneur Society held our Fall LaunchIn program. LaunchIn is a startup entrepreneur event that happens both in the Fall and Spring semesters. In the Fall, LaunchIn is a panel featuring three entrepreneurs. Students can ask the panel any questions they have about their experience starting a company. This Fall LaunchIn was a huge success with over 150 students in attendance, leaving only standing room for the event! The three visiting entrepreneurs were Boian Spassov, founder of Locbit, Jenny Amaraneni, founder of Solo Eyewear, and Jon Tucker, founder of Help Flow. All three of these local entrepreneurs are San Diego State University alumni who worked with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center while attending SDSU. This event is special in that it allows our students the opportunity to talk to three successful entrepreneurs who were recently in their place as a student at SDSU. Students walk away inspired that they have the ability to create a company just as these three entrepreneurs did. .

We are now planning for our Spring LaunchIn event. We will again feature a panel of three entrepreneurs for the students to interact with. In addition, the event in Spring includes a start-up hiring fair. Spring LaunchIn hosts over 40 local startup companies in search of taking on SDSU students as interns/employees. For alumni and local founders, this is your chance to harvest the next crop of capable and hardworking students from SDSU. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand the talent within your company!
If you are interested in have your business participate in Spring LaunchIn, please contact Cyrus Mostashari at

SDSU Social Entrepreneurship Students Help at Local Middle School

 SDSU Social Entrepreneurship Students Help at Local Middle School San Diego State University students enrolled in Professor Michael Sloan’s Management 455 course , Nick Gierut and Justin Mitchell, helped out at local High Tech Middle Media Arts School. Jordan Templeton’s 7th grade class was doing a semester long project this Fall on the topic of racism. The project description was for the students to create merchandise that would encourage productive dialogue about race and racism. In conjunction with Real World Scholars, students had to spearhead an Education Corporation (or Edcorps) and use an e-commerce platform to sell their merchandise and use their profits as they choose to deepen the conversation about race. In addition to the student-run business, students also partook in dialogue about race and racism themselves. This project is part of R.E.A.L. Talk. It was founded by the 2016-2017 seventh grade class at High Tech Middle Media Arts in San Diego under the guidance of teachers Jaimee Rojas and Jordan Templeton. All of the products are designed by seventh grade students, with the goal of sparking dialogue that inspires new ways of thinking, shifts people’s perspectives, and makes the world a better place.

Professor Sloan brought both Gierut and Mitchell to visit Jordan’s classroom and help evaluate and provide feedback for the students projects.The students sat with each team and critiqued what they had, and helped give ideas for improvement. Mitchell commented, “It was a revelation to see how similar our processes are in helping students develop their business ideas. The only difference between these students and SDSU students is the experience level.” The SDSU students spoke highly of the level of ambition and innovative ideas the High Tech Middle students showed, and spoke of how inspiring it was to see young students attacking a social injustice. It is gratifying to see students embracing social entrepreneurship at such an early age. With programs and projects such as this one in our local community, the next generation of students at SDSU will be prepared and ready to embrace social entrepreneurship in helping to make their world a better place.

To learn more about High Tech Middle Media Arts, please check out their website. To see more on what SDSU is doing with social entrepreneurship, check out this website.

Two More Session Leaders Announced for Educator Conference!

Craig S. Galbraith
The 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference is set to be our most innovative conference yet! The conference will consist of two and a half days of interactive sessions involving dynamic topics of entrepreneurship education and research, featuring a number of leading entrepreneurship educators, researchers and thought leaders who will serve as session facilitators throughout the conference.

Dr. Craig S. Galbraith has been selected as a session leader for the Research Day of the conference. Galbraith is currently a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Director of the UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization which oversees UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Center, the UNCW Office of Technology Transfer, and the university’s incubator spaces. Dr. Galbraith received his Ph.D. from Purdue. He also holds a graduate degree in molecular biology and received his MBA from San Diego State University. Prior to joining UNCW he was on the faculty of Purdue University and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Galbraith has published over 100 academic articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has been the cofounder of several start-up enterprises including firms in the biotechnology and marine shipping sectors. Dr. Galbraith is also an active angel investor with the Wilmington Investor Network. His consulting focuses on business valuation and technology commercialization.

Jill R. Kickul Dr. Jill R. Kickul has been selected as a session leader for the Pedagogy Day of the conference. Kickul joined USC Marshall School of Business in August 2016 as a professor in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research Director in the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Before joining USC, she was the Director of the social entrepreneurship program at New York University Stern School of Business. Kickul's primary research areas of interest include innovation and strategic processes within new ventures, micro-financing practices and wealth creation in transitioning economies, and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-author of numerous books, and has published more than 100 publications in entrepreneurship and management journals. Her work on entrepreneurship education development and curriculum design has been nationally recognized and supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges Grant and was named by Fortune Small Business as one of the Top 10 Innovative Programs in Entrepreneurship Education.
To read Galbraith and Kickul’s full bio and see our other session leaders, please view the conference session leader webpage.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and register for the 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference today!!
If you have any questions or would like more information on the Conference, please contact Kathryn Boyles at

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Gains a New Board Member!

 The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Gains a New Board Member! The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to announce our new board member, Mitch Patridge! Mitch Patridge is Chairman of ClearBalance® and is an SDSU alum. As a successful serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years, Mitch has a broad background in banking, portfolio acquisition, management, servicing centers, real estate and healthcare financial services. Mitch led the acquisition of ClearBalance in 2003 and has since grown the company and its offerings of consumer-friendly patient loan programs. ClearBalance has served more than 4 million patient accounts for hundreds of health systems, clinics and physician practices nationwide. Recognized as an authority in healthcare and consumer finance, Mitch has been featured extensively in the healthcare trade media and has published several articles.

Before acquiring ClearBalance, Mitch was active in California real estate and high tech. He co-founded American Custody Corp., a national buyer of non-performing mortgages and REO. He later sold the business to GMAC/RFC. Mitch also co-founded Insight Electronics, a division of the Memec Group PLC, which was later acquired by Avnet Electronics.

It is through the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members that we are able to help grow, mentor, and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs at San Diego State University. We are seeking people who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Advisory Board, please contact Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Dr. Alex F. DeNoble at

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