Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
Dates Set for Exciting Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Events
LeanModel Competition Scheduled for 2016!
San Diego State University and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center are thrilled to announce the fourth annual LeanModel™ Competition. This competition was created to inspire students to shape their ideas into a presentable business prototype and endorse their product with direct customer interactions and feedback. This competition is open to all four-year universities globally.
Once students create their business prototype, this competition provides an excellent platform for commentary to enhance a product and interact with a diverse population of innovative thinkers. Rewards will be based on how well the business model is presented as well as how successful students are at identifying and defining assumptions, testing those assumptions in the marketplace, and then pivoting their business model based on customer interactions. The competition will be held on March 4 and 5, 2016 on San Diego State University’s campus. Check out last year’s competition rules and start to identify strong student teams when classes start again in the fall that you believe can compete!
Application will become available in early September 2015.
For more information please contact Kathryn Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (619) 594-2781.
Expand Your Network at Entrepreneurship Educators ConferenceOur third annual California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference will be held March 17 through March 19, 2016. This conference is open to entrepreneurship educators and university leadership globally. This highly interactive event will be driven by themes of creativity and innovation. This is a great opportunity to expand your entrepreneurial network and collaborate with other faculty, staff, and thought leaders. The goal is to formulate new ideas that can be implemented on university campuses and provide students the best possible entrepreneurship education and experiences.
Last year’s conference was a great success. The event featured a number of leading entrepreneurship educators and researchers serving as session facilitators. Over 80 individuals attended representing over 40 different institutions. On the first day, they dissected the research process and shared valuable insight. The second day included an interactive component dedicated to entrepreneurship in the classroom and looking at how educators can approach pedagogy in interesting ways. Some of the topics dealt with designing the entrepreneurship classroom of the future, constructing effective assessments and SLO’s, examining and reinventing the entrepreneurship capstone, and emerging trends in the entrepreneurship field.
In the next 60 days, we will be sending out more information about the conference. For now, make sure to save the date for this upcoming event which will be held March 17 through 19. Stay tuned for updates!
If you have any questions, please contact Isha Singh at email@example.com or call (619) 594-2781
Local Start-ups Hire SDSU Summer Interns!LaunchIn, an entrepreneurial event which takes place in both the fall and spring semesters yielded an overwhelming success this past year. This year’s event hosted 37 start-up companies with over 300 students in attendance at the Alumni Center where 56 students were hired for the summer! LaunchIn also hosts a panel of three entrepreneurs who share their experiences building a successful start-up.
This event facilitates a discussion session where students ask the panel any questions they have about their experience in order to gain useful insight into building a successful start-up company. LaunchIn is an excellent way for students to effectively nurture their entrepreneurial passion. During the spring semester this event also features a career fair where students are connected to local companies for internship and full time position opportunities. LaunchIn for the fall semester will be held in October 2015.
If you have any questions please contact Kathryn Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (619) 594-2781.
SDSU Students Study Abroad in SpainThe Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship course (Management 358) provides students with the opportunity to study entrepreneurship in a cross-cultural context. The program takes students abroad to various countries to give them a broader global perspective on entrepreneurship. Students have traveled to countries such as China, France, and Israel. This summer, the fourth international management cohort visited Alcala, Spain from June 17 through June 28. Seven students from SDSU attended and were joined by seven students from the University of Alcala.
Prior to embarking on the trip, students were tasked with immersing themselves in the culture by attending class meetings on the SDSU campus where Professor Luis Rivera Galica from the University of Alcala participated via Skype.
Students arrived in Spain a few days prior to the course and were able to experience a new culture as well as earn university credits. Students listened to lectures from both SDSU and Alcala faculty, and engaged in numerous experiential exercises throughout the week. Students and faculty also attended mixers put on by both universities, toured the facilities, attended a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and took several Spanish cultural and historical tours in Alcala, Madrid and Segovia, Spain.
The Spain International Entrepreneurship Immersion proved to be beneficial for both faculty and students. Alex DeNoble the Executive Director at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center expressed his satisfaction with the program saying “I truly enjoyed my experience working with all of the people I met at the University of Alcala. I would be very happy to do a repeat of this program during the summer of 2016.” Stay up to date on all of the International Entrepreneurship Immersion opportunities available for students.