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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

February, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Educator’s Conference is Filling Up! Register Today!

Educator’s Conference

The California Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference is only three weeks away! This conference is highly interactive, moving away from the typical conference layout. No tedious lectures. Every session will take you back to the classroom as we invite you to collaborate with your peers to examine how we teach entrepreneurship and conduct research today and creatively brainstorm how we might teach and research tomorrow. The conference agenda features both a Research Day and Pedagogy Day. There will also be a pre-conference panel on Incubators!

Don’t miss your chance at attending the California Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference. Registration is limited, and filling up fast! To save your spot register today!

2016 Conference Information
Dates: March 10, 11, and 12, 2016
Location: San Diego State University
Cost: Full Conference fee: $289
Single day fee: $189 per day

For information on how to register for the conference, please contact Sara Sica at

20 Teams From Across the Globe Ready to Compete!

Lean Model Competition

The 4th annual LeanModel™ Competition is only two weeks away! The LeanModel™ Competition rewards students for identifying and defining assumptions, testing those assumptions in the marketplace, and then pivoting their business model based on customer interactions. Student teams applied from 18 universities across the globe. We have accepted 20 of the top student teams to compete with their business model on the weekend on March 4th-5th, 2016!

San Diego State University has established a global reputation over the past 26 years of providing outstanding judges for our competitions. Our judges come from the ranks of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and senior executives from the community that really understand the start-up mentality. This year we are excited to announce our finalist judges:Michel Kripalani , CEO at Oceanhouse Media and President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO),Bob Nascenzi, Chairman and CEO of Supramed, Robert Reyes, Founder of StartUpCircle, and Tatiana Saribekian, CEO of Domain Russian Investments.

SDSU Students Meet with Startups in Lisbon, Portugal

California Educators Conference Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Director and SDSU Lecturer, Bernhard Schroeder, led a group of 16 undergraduate students through the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship course (MGT 358) while studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal during a recent winter break study abroad program.

Not only did students get a full three credits for Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358) but they also visited incubators and met with founders in the afternoons. As a group, we also managed to get invited to a reception at the US Ambassador's house to celebrate entrepreneurship in the Lisbon region. Highlights of the trip included meeting the founders of TalkDesk and UniPlaces, which combined, received more than $50 million in funding in 2015.

A quote from one of the students summed up the experience best, "This course and trip has completely changed my perspective of the opportunities that I can pursue in my career; it was just eye opening!"

In the summer, students will have the chance to go on another entrepreneurial study abroad experience to Alcala, Spain led by Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director, Alex DeNoble. Students who take advantage of this study abroad trip will have the opportunity to work in multicultural teams and study entrepreneurship in a Spanish context.

New Advisory Board Member, Zeynep Ilgaz!

Sloan The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is thrilled to announce Zeynep Ilgaz as our new advisory board member! Zeynep Ilgaz is the co-founder and President of Confirm BioSciences Inc, a leading provider of drug and alcohol testing and employee screening products and services. Under her leadership, the Company has been recognized as Best Places to work for and Fastest Growing Company list in San Diego.

Ilgaz also currently serves as a lecturer for International Entrepreneurship at San Diego State University. She is also an advisor to the National Institute of Health, Commercialization Assistance Program. As part of her efforts to give back to the community, Ilgaz started a “We Care, People over Profit” Corporate Program within Confirm Biosciences- where a percentage of sales has been contributed to giving back to local organizations. Ilgaz received her MBA from San Diego State University in 2000, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Bosporus University, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is an entrepreneurial leader in the community due to the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members. We are seeking people who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community. If you would like to help make a difference, please contact Alex DeNoble at

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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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