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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

January, 2014

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference Registration Open! - Lavin Center January Newsletter

For CEOs, Business Owners, and Senior Executives of Growing Businesses
Join us for an afternoon of valuable discussion with these local business professionals.

  • Jerry Sanders, Former Mayor and President of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • George Hadjis, Founder and CEO of Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company
  • David Marino, Executive Vice President of Hughes Marino
  • Susan Salka, President , CEO, and Director at AMN Healthcare

For more information, please contact Amy Checho at

Register Now!
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Hyatt Aventine La Jolla

SDSU to Offer New Entrepreneurship Minor Across Entire Campus

Learn more about the Minor!

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference Registration Open!

hansen program Registration for the Inaugural California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference is now live. The conference's primary focus is to increase the interaction between university thought leaders and share innovative ideas regarding entrepreneurship education. It will highlight five focus areas: curriculum, social entrepreneurship, incubators, speciality programs, and assurance of learning. The conference will host a series of pre and post conference events that include Entrepreneur Day, a Seminar in Managing the Growing Firm, and the LeanModel Competition. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has designed a week that celebrates entrepreneurship across the SDSU campus and invite you to participate.

The conference includes a networking event on March 5th and a one-day conference on March 6th.

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference                       

WebCompass Fosters San Diego Business Community

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) has been assisting the business and non-profit communities in San Diego through our WebCompass program for many years. WebCompass is an internship program that allows students from three different colleges within SDSU to work on website-based projects for San Diego small businesses and non-profits. This program is an excellent learning experience for students as well as organizations involved in this 10-week program.

venturestart Ocean Aero is a start-up for-profit organization that solves ocean observation challenges for the military, security and scientific industries. Its main product is an autonomous, highly persistent, wind/electric unmanned vessels packaged in a small, man-portable configuration. The organization applied for WebCompass in order to create a user friendly website as well as gain exposure on online search engines. The student team met clients' objectives within 6 weeks.

venturestart San Diego River Park Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) organization focused on preserving the San Diego River system to enhance the quality of life in San Diego and dedicated to fostering stewardship and appreciation of the region's namesake waterway. The students teamed up to work on the website redesign, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media integration tools. The organization was able to utilize search engine optimization to increase the number of potential volunteers and community members who may come across the website while searching the web.

WebCompass             San Diego River Foundation                  Ocean Aero            

The 2014 LeanModel™ Competition

The 2014 LeanModel Competition The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to announce the 2nd year of the LeanModel™ competition! It is a two-day start-up event, designed to assist and support student based start-ups and reward them for solid business model development and close customer contact. A distinguished panel of angel investors, venture capitalists and C-Level executives will judge the students' pitches and critical elements of their start-ups. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center received applications from 23 teams and 11 different schools. The competition aims to shape the next generation entrepreneurs through real life learning experience. LeanModel™ provides participants direct practical experience in the business creation process.

The LeanModel™ competition is open to the public. The event will be held at SDSU campus on March 6-7, 2014.


Student Spotlight - Javon Ogbeide

john walsh Javon Ogbeide is a junior studying Business Management at SDSU. Javon has recently returned from Rome where he learned about entrepreneurship from a global perspective. "I believe learning about entrepreneurship in a different country granted me a competitive advantage. I expected to bring home a broader perspective of the business environment along with the tools and framework to understand a potential startup opportunity or failure," said Ogbeide. Javon believes in universalism in business, importance of each opportunity and the significance of adaptation as a key component to success. "Studying abroad certainly allowed me to have a superior and a more global outlook. The key to adapting is not to think of your lifestyle back home as a bench mark, and think of your current living as a learning matter," he continued.

Javon also participates in many community service activities in San Diego, including the co- creation of a Brother 2 Brother Program with Monte Vista High School, assistance with the Jackie Robinson YMCA Halloween Carnival, and the 7th Annual Rady Children's Hospital Family Walk. "This involvement has sculpted me into a model of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service," said Ogbeide.

Lavin Entrepreneurs Curriculum                Brother 2 Brother                YMCA                Rady Children's Hospital               

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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