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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

January, 2017

SDSU Named 2017 National Undergraduate Model Entrepreneurship Program!

Lavin, Center, USASBE, Award!

San Diego State University was recognized by the United State Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) as the 2017 National Undergraduate Model Entrepreneurship Program!
The USASBE Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education - National Undergraduate Model Program award is given to colleges and universities that have developed and currently still offer high quality and innovative programs, the purpose of which is to educate and train future generations of entrepreneurs. The award is given to an exemplary program that reflects innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support, and impact. We are honored to have received this prestigious award!
To view the news article announcing the award, please go to this link!

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center 2015-2016 Annual Report Released!

 Ronald Mitchell California Conference Speaker 2017

Each year the Center produces an annual report which highlights our achievements of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and supporting entrepreneurship Centers around the San Diego State University campus. Throughout the year, the Center runs more than 15 programs designed to create opportunities for students to develop their entrepreneurial competencies and networks by working on projects and engaging in the community. These reports feature our efforts focused on entrepreneurship training and education, start-up mentoring, neighborhoods revitalization, small business growth plans, and much more.
The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is excited to present our 2015-2016 Annual Report! This annual report, as well as past reports are available to view online on our website. Please take a few minutes to check out our newest report and see everything the Center has been doing the past year!
To download the 2015-2016 annual report, please go to this link.

International Entrepreneurship Session Leaders Announced for Educator Conference!

California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference leader  California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference leader 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 devoted to entrepreneurship education and research, featuring a number of leading entrepreneurship educators, researchers and thought leaders who will serve as session facilitators throughout the conference. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Dante Di Gregorio and Dr. Martina Musteen as session leaders for the International Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Day.

Dr. Dante Di Gregorio is an Associate Professor at the California State University Monterey Bay College of Business, where he teaches courses in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business. He earned a PhD in strategy from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park. Di Gregorio’s research spans the broad areas of entrepreneurship, international management, and strategy, and he has published in several academic journals. The topics he has addressed in published and ongoing research projects include international new ventures, international business opportunities, social & sustainable entrepreneurship, and youth entrepreneurial intentions. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of World Business.

Dr. Martina Musteen is a Professor of Management at San Diego State University Fowler College of Business. Musteen received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (KU) and her master’s from CIMBA, Italy. She completed her undergraduate work at the European Division of the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany, where she graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Musteen has won multiple awards for her teaching performance and presented her research at numerous international conferences. Dr. Musteen has taught in executive programs in SDSU, Taiwan and CIMBA, Italy. She has conducted workshops and led classes in France, Mexico, Italy and onboard MV Explorer at the Semester at Sea. At SDSU, Dr. Musteen serves as the Fowler College of Business liaison for the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad incubator and is the Program Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER). Dr. Musteen also serves as the Senior Editor for Journal of World Business in the area of SMEs, Social Entrepreneurship and New Ventures.

To read Di Gregorio and Musteen’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 today 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

New Lecturers for Lavin Entrepreneur Program!

Craig Stevens Kimberly David King The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is thrilled to announce that Craig Stevens and Kimberly David King have joined as lecturers for the Lavin Entrepreneur Program for the 2017 spring semester. Craig Stevens is a real estate innovator/entrepreneur who has founded two real estate companies, Mar West Real Estate, Inc. (sold in 2012) and Sea Pointe Partners, Inc. Stevens is a SDSU alum, having graduated with his BA of Finance in 82’, he has regularly given back to SDSU and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center since he graduated. He has participated as a mentor in both the Lavin Entrepreneur Program and Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad, as well as been an Advisory Board member for several centers on campus. Kimberly Davis King has over 17 years experience in the venture capital industry. King is also currently the co-Director of StartR and mystartupxx at the UCSD Rady Business School, a lecturer at the Rady UCSD Business School, an Adjunct professor at SDSU and on the oversight committee for Evonexus, a San Diego incubator. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is honored to have these two experienced lecturers teaching in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, and know that the students will benefit greatly from their backgrounds in entrepreneurship!

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is an exciting academic two-year, two-cohort “honors” entrepreneurship program for undergraduate students from all seven colleges across SDSU’s campus. Students are chosen based on perceived entrepreneurial talents, and receive a variety of benefits and learning experiences. These experiences include an individual mentor for the duration of the program, special entrepreneur private sessions, site visits to emerging growth companies, an entrepreneur speaker series, and industry expert panel support. During this two-year program, Lavin Entrepreneur students take four courses, one per semester designed to expose them to the entrepreneurial process.

For more information about the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, please check out our Lavin Entrepreneur webpage, or contact Tiffany Huang at

Meet Monique Offord, one of our Lavin Entrepreneur students!

Monique Offord The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s Lavin Entrepreneur Program is a two year co-curricular program organized around a "Lean" framework that advocates dynamic business modeling based on "out of the building" assumptions testing. This program engages a select group of talented undergraduate students from across the campus in an unforgettable experience designed to prepare them for an entrepreneurial career. There are currently 44 students in two cohorts. One of these students, Monique Offord, is in the 2015-2017 cohort. Offord is currently pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree in the College of Engineering at San Diego State University. She initially applied to the Lavin Entrepreneur program to expand her entrepreneurial skill set and network outside of the engineering field. Offord recently attended the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business “Real Elevator Pitch” Competition. This was the first year the competition was open to students at colleges all throughout the nation. The goal of this competition was to obtain the most business cards from judges while giving several 45 second pitches to 30+ investors while in the elevator banks of the second tallest building in Missouri, the One Metropolitan Square. Offord noted, “At first, I was nervous about my pitch, but after the first few pitches to judges it started to become second nature. When the competition finished, a few judge’s expressed interest in my idea for an agricultural drone project and asked what my plans were for it, where I had the opportunity to exchange business cards.”

Offord also spoke highly of her time in the Lavin Entrepreneur program, saying “From Lavin I have learned to step out of my comfort zone and explore new horizons. I take the knowledge I learn in class and apply it outside the classroom.” She gave several examples of how she applies this knowledge outside of the classroom, “When I see an opportunity to network, I network. If I see a problem that needs solving, I attempt to figure out an innovative solution. When I find a solution, I research what already exists to either make it better or think up a design that is entirely different.” Offord will continue to use the entrepreneurial skillset she has developed. She is currently working on a modular eye wear company and conducting further research into her agricultural drone project. Offord is also planning to test a few product designs to determine if there is a potential market.

For more information about the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, please check out our Lavin Entrepreneur webpage, or contact Tiffany Huang at

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