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January, 2013

SDSU Announces a New Minor in Entrepreneurship-The Lavin Center Newsletter


SDSU Announces a New Minor in Entrepreneurship


January1 The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center in conjunction with the Management Department in the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) has recently announced the launch of the Minor in Entrepreneurship program for all undergraduate students across the campus. Now, students with any major can choose the minor and get access to the entrepreneurial key principles and essential disciplines that will help them in future entrepreneurial endeavors.

The program will be available to students of all majors starting in Fall 2013.
College of Business Administration

The Freshman Learning Communities at SDSU for Entrepreneurship


January2 The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center in collaboration with the SDSU Residential Learning Community (RLC) is actively encouraging freshmen to get an early start on their entrepreneurial path. Over the years, the RLC has been helping students with common college majors and interests to live, study and take classes together. Bernhard Schroeder, the Lavin Center Director of Programs, crafted the Journey into Entrepreneurship Program, aimed to unite freshmen entrepreneurs at SDSU. The program has two branches, one of which is led by Alex DeNoble, the Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, and Michael Cunningham, Dean of College of Business, teaching students the fundamentals of innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship. The second branch of the Journey into Entrepreneurship Program is guided by Bernhard Schroeder, offering leadership principles along with the introduction into what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
SDSU RLC      Michael Cunningham     Alex DeNoble     Bernhard Schroeder

Lavin VentureStart Competition 2012 Winners Announced


January3 The Lavin VentureStart Competition is an on-campus business plan competition that is designed to encourage and identify outstanding student business ideas from all seven colleges at SDSU. It is supported by Mr. Leonard H. Lavin, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Alberto-Culver Company. Over the years, Mr. Lavin has been the voice of inspiration to all aspiring entrepreneurs. In the past month, the Center featured five finalist business plans in diverse industries ranging from the hi-technology field to beverages. The judging panel included Yukon Palmer, the founder and CEO of FieldLogix; the Lavin Center's board members Doug Wall, the CEO and Chairman of PureForge and Peter Shaw, the Managing Director of Shaw Management Advisors, Int'l LLC.

The Fall 2012 winning teams included:

First Place: Epsilon Micro Devices,
Second Place: EDUswap
Third Place: FindCart
The Lavin VentureStart Program      VentureStart Spring 2012 Recap

The Lean Model Competition 2013


January4 This year, students from California and Baja California universities will compete in the LeanModel™ Competition, hosted by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at SDSU. The LeanModel™ competition is a two-day start-up event, designed to assist and support student based start-up companies and reward them for solid business model identification and close customer contact. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and C-Level executives will judge their pitches and critical elements of the start-ups LeanModel™. The participants will have opportunities to compete for financial prizes and in kind awards.

This year, this inaugural event will be held on March 14-15, 2013 on the SDSU campus.
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center      LeanModel™ Competition


Larry & Madeline Petersen Scholarship for Entrepreneurship Students


January5 The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is honored to announce the launch of a new scholarship for SDSU students enrolled in the entrepreneurship specialization or entrepreneurship minor. The Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship will provide substantial support to the upper division, full-time students, encouraging them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and learn how to transform their ideas and inventions into profitable businesses. “It is the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” Mr. Petersen said. “The students should be able to control their own destiny in their professional lives. That is why it is so important for them to start gaining entrepreneurial skills while they are in college. With the new Minor in Entrepreneurship, it will allow the students from all seven colleges at SDSU to learn the entrepreneurial skills they need to compete in a changing world.”

Mr. Larry Petersen graduated from SDSU with the Master's degree in Marketing. He is a Founder and President of LP Marketing, a sales and marketing organization in California for major consumer and professional electronics manufacturers. Mr. Petersen is also a founder of Bayview Distributing and Bayview Development. Mr. Petersen and his wife, Madeline, have been supporting and nurturing the Center's young entrepreneurs throughout the years. With their joint effort, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will be able to give the next generation of entrepreneurs not only the knowledge, but also a financial boost.
Larry Petersen



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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