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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

February, 2019

Entrepreneurship Week: A Celebration of Innovation

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and its partners are thrilled to bring you Entrepreneur Week in early March! As this exciting time of the year approaches, here are all of the details about the events you can be involved in that are happening on campus.

Tuesday, March 5: Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Forum

Entrepreneurship Event Join the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Fowler College of Business for an action-packed day where you will connect, network and be inspired by a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs, business and community leaders! Here is an opportunity for you to meet some amazing entrepreneurs and learn from them in a fun, educational and interactive environment. Their wisdom, insights and advice will give you more clarity in shaping your future and pursuing your dreams.

San Diego State University’s third Annual Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership forum will take place in Montezuma Hall, located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 5. This free event is open to all students, community leaders and supporters.

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Wednesday, March 6: Entrepreneur Day

Entrepreneurship Event The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Entrepreneur Society are excited to bring Entrepreneur Day back on campus for the tenth year in a row! This is an opportunity for alumni and current students to showcase their companies, products and services.

Come out and celebrate with us the entrepreneurial spirit embedded within our university’s leadership oriented culture. Entrepreneur Day will be taking place on Centennial Walkway on the SDSU campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 6.

If you are coming to the campus as a visitor, parking information and how to purchase a parking pass online is available through the following link. Click Here!

Thursday, March 7: Social Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series

Entrepreneurship Event Join us and listen to the founder of NOW Ventures and co-founder and founding CEO of Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid. Brought to you by a collaborative effort from the ZIP Launchpad, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, the Entrepreneur Society and the Graduate Business School Association, Shahid will be the first speaker of the Social Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series.

The lecture will be be formatted as a personal talk about Shiza’s journey and struggle to create social change, her work with Malala Yousafzai in founding the Malala Fund and her mission to create scalable social change today. She aims to inspire and to inform the attendees on how ordinary people can make extraordinary things happen, and how each of us can become change makers today.

Shahid will be speaking in the theatre located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on March 7.
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Lavin Program Builds Mentor and Mentee Bridges

Mentor and Mentee Bridges The Lavin Entrepreneurship Program is always looking for ways to help develop its student entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial endeavors while they are still in school. The Lavin mentorship program aspires to establish a critical mentee and mentor connection between a young student entrepreneur and an experienced entrepreneur. A great example of what the mentor program can accomplish is the relationship between mentee, Kumar Kilambi and his mentor, Brad Chisum.

Kilambi, who is a fourth year business administration management major with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and honors minor in interdisciplinary studies, joined the Lavin Entrepreneur Program during his junior year of college. “I heard about the Lavin Program in my sophomore year at the Tony Hawk event. I knew right away that it was something that I wanted to get involved in. I always wanted to learn how to start my own business and I knew I had to take the opportunity.”

Through the Lavin Program, Kilambi was assigned former San Diego State University alum and CEO of Launch Factory, Brad Chisum, as the mentor who would be supporting him throughout the two years of the program. “I actively participated at SDSU, received my master’s at SDSU and also started a business while I was in the program,” Chisum said. “Alex DeNoble reached out to see if I wanted to become a mentor and I agreed to do so. The program wasn’t there when I was a student and I had the impression that it was only a semester long. I found out later on that it was a two-year effort, but I’m glad I agreed to be a part of it.”

Kilambi emphasizes how Chisum’s efforts in the mentor and mentee relationship have helped build their strong connection. “Brad and I have met every other week just to talk about anything that’s going on in my classes, the Lavin Program and any business idea that I may have,” he said. “One of the reasons why it works so well is because we always make sure that our intentions and our communications align, we are very open and honest with each other. He makes the mentor and mentee relationship a priority and is able to set aside time for me.”

Chisum praises Kilambi’s efforts in creating an enjoyable experience for both sides of the relationship. “He can be very serious but always has a smile which is very good and refreshing to see,” he said. “There’s no topic that is off limits and that is important because starting a business really does touch every single aspect of your life.”

SDSU Alum Joins Lavin Advisory Board

Robert Bello The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center would like to extend a warm welcome to Robert Bello, the newest member of our Board of Advisors. As the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center continues to pursue its mission, it is refreshing to draw SDSU alumni back to the campus who really want to make a difference.

Bello is originally from Chicago, had moved to Italy to play baseball professionally and ultimately moved to San Diego to pursue a higher education. “I came out to San Diego and started law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law,” he said. “I wanted to do a JD/MBA program and I actually helped found the official MBA and JD program between San Diego State University and Thomas Jefferson. Once I graduated, I worked in private practice and recently joined Sheppard Mullin, which is a top international law firm.”

Chairman of the Board of Advisors Larry Peterson, praises Bello’s background and believes he is aligned with the direction that the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is heading. “He has a high degree of desire to get reconnected to the students and the university and believes that the Lavin Program is a perfect fit for him to do that,” Peterson said. “Rob is a real estate attorney and will bring insight and professional expertise to our board with a vision from that legal perspective.”

Bello aims at using his unique perspective in order to support those student entrepreneurs involved in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. “I hope I can share some of the experiences that I got in terms of me having a legal mindset and the experiences of the growth of a company,” he said. “I think a lot of times people underestimate the value that an attorney will bring to potential entrepreneurs. I’m really excited to become re-engaged with SDSU through the Lavin Center. I hope to have a positive impact and contribution to all the different students that I will be meeting.”

Entrepreneur Hopes to Make a Difference in the Classroom

David Turner The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center would like to welcome aboard Founder and former President and CTO of Parallel 6, David Turner. With such a diverse background and experience that he possesses in the technical and engineering operations, Turner is excited to share his knowledge with students in the classroom.

Growing up in Louisiana, Turner completed his higher education in state at Louisiana State University. “I started a company during my time at LSU and eventually sold off my partnership sales so I can move to Silicon Valley. I was in Silicon Valley and San Francisco from 1997 to 2009, came to San Diego after and also served in the Marine Corps for many years.” In Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Turner became a key executive in several companies in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

In a collaborative effort with Alex DeNoble, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Turner will be teaching the second semester of first year Lavin Entrepreneur students. “I wanted to give back to the community and for me, that means teaching,” Turner said. “The class I’m teaching with Alex helps entreprepreneurs identify different trends in the market, understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and understand different skills around negotiation and selling. I hope I can help out the students by developing a framework for thinking about new ideas, new entrepreneurship opportunities and to be able to help them really understand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.”

Pre-Conference: Baja Entrepreneurship & Innovation Tour

BAJA Please join us for our Pre-Conference Baja Entrepreneurship & Innovation tour for our 2019 conference! During this tour, we will explore the emerging entrepreneurship ecosystem in Baja California. In addition to the incubators and companies we met with last year, we have added even more entrepreneurial points of interests that we believe will add real value to the tour.

We will visit emerging incubators such as MindHUB, tour the CETYS (Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior) Universidad campus in Ensenada, enjoy a lobster lunch in Puerto Nuevo as well as go to Guadalupe Valley (the Napa Valley of Baja) for wine tasting. This trip is the perfect opportunity to network with others in the field of entrepreneurship, as well as meet peers and entrepreneurship counterparts in Mexico.

Registration for the Entrepreneurship Baja experience is $119 and includes transportation on both sides of the border, lunch and wine tasting. Participants attending the tour must bring their passport since we will be crossing the international border. As you register for the main conference, simply select the “Pre-Conference Baja Entrepreneurship Experience” to maximize your overall educator conference experience.




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