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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

July, 2017

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference - Creative Disruption


The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center continues to push the edge of entrepreneurship by uniting educators, researchers, and thought leaders every year to facilitate sharing of new ideas. Our primary mission of the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference is to formulate these ideas and implement them on university campuses to provide students the best possible entrepreneurship education and experiences. At the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, we are passionate about making connections and bringing together entrepreneurs from all over the globe.

April 12th-14th, 2018 will be the dates for the next California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference. It will be hosted at San Diego State University. More information and logistics will be forthcoming in the next few months. For now, save the date on your calendars and check out our past conferences !

The California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference continues to attract divergent thinkers willing to share new ideas. Throughout the years, we have covered a wide range of topics including design and critical thinking. We have had a number of entrepreneur leaders, business founders, and researchers help us consider dynamic approaches to the way we teach and research entrepreneurship

The 2018 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference at San Diego State University, hosted by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, will be highly interactive. Attendees will participate in collaborative sessions and workshops, sharing and exchanging ideas to implement on their respective university campuses. We invite you to join us as we brainstorm how we might “creatively disrupt” entrepreneurship for our students of tomorrow.

“As educators and researchers, who are also humans, we see the creative disruption occurring in marketplaces around the world. This is an opportunity to bring creative disruption into the coursework and research we conduct on our campuses.”

New Advisory Board Chair - Tamara Romero

Entrepreneurship Major Awarded Valedictorian

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center announced Tamara Romeo as the new Board Chair of our Advisory Board. Romeo is a proud alumna of SDSU’s School of Communication and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. She started her own commercial interior design firm in 2010 and seven years later, her company continues to thrive. Romeo is the Founder and President of San Diego Office Design, an award winning Commercial Interior Design firm specializing in creating highly branded interiors that define and support a strong company culture. Before San Diego Office Design, Tamara worked at The Reader and was responsible for their major market advertising. She has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, San Diego Magazine, and The San Diego Business Journal. She has won many business awards including “Business Woman of the Year” and “Best Interior Designers of 2016”.

Romeo has been active on the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s advisory board for the past several years. She enjoys speaking about women entrepreneurship and business growth in MBA classes, getting involved in SDSU activities, and giving back to the San Diego community. As a well-known entrepreneur, Romeo’s connections on and off campus will bring many great opportunities to the Center. Her mission as Board Chair for the Center is to create opportunities for young entrepreneurs who want to learn the path at gaining financial success in life. We are thrilled to have Tamara Romeo on our team!

It is through the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members that we are able to help grow, mentor, and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs at San Diego State University. We are seeking people who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Advisory Board, please contact Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Dr. Alex F. DeNoble at

Alcala, Spain - Experiencing Entrepreneurship Across the Globe

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San Diego State University has over 50 study abroad opportunities for students each year, covering a vast array of cultures from all over the world. Each country has an entrepreneurial ecosystem that students will interact with, including fellow entrepreneur students, incubators, and founders. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Fowler College of Business offer great opportunities for students to study abroad while being enrolled in entrepreneurship courses. This summer, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center partnered with the University of Alcala in Spain and CETYS University in Baja California, Mexico, to create a ten day intensive program in Alcala. Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Dr. Alex DeNoble led a group of 14 SDSU students enrolled in Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358) while studying abroad.

Students gained insights on entrepreneurship in a cross-cultural setting from the unique perspective of the Spanish and Mexican cultures. This culturally diverse and interdisciplinary program gave students the opportunity to work with their counterpart students from the University of Alcala and CETYS University. Together they analyzed emerging business trends and were tasked with designing a business model based on perceived opportunities. Students also learned about climate change and sustainability and evaluated the viability of various business opportunities in Spanish, Mexican, and U.S contexts.

After the trip, participants voiced their satisfaction of the program with many listing their time abroad as one of the most rewarding experiences of their academic careers. These students had the opportunity to gain a global perspective on entrepreneurship and engage with company founders. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Fowler College of Business will continue to develop and expand the program in order to offer a diverse group of destinations for students to explore entrepreneurship in different cultural settings.

If you would like to gain global entrepreneurial insights, visit the College of Extended Studies for studying abroad opportunities.

Building Cross-Campus Global Entrepreneurship Connections

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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and College of Extended Studies partnered with PSGR Krishnammal College for Women at Coimbatore, India in collaboration with the GRG Educational Institutions. The GRG Educational Institutions signify excellence in education in South India and is currently home to over 13,000 students pursuing a wide spectrum of studies. This summer, 19 students from PSGR Krishnammal College for Women visited our SDSU campus and visited various places including the International Student Center and the Women's Resource Center. Students had the opportunity to gain new perspectives and build cross-campus connections.

The students from PSGR Krishnammal College also participated in a joint session with students from CETYS University, Baja California, Mexico, that were led by engineering professor Dr. Luis Basaca. This session was designed by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and College of Extended Studies to enhance education and foster students’ interest in global entrepreneurship. These classes were taught by Dr. Marcos Bosquetti, professor of management at Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, Dr. Lois Olson, professor at SDSU in the Fowler College of Business, and Kimberly Davis King, SDSU lecturer of management. During this session, the students role played different business scenarios on negotiation across cultures. Students learned the educational and practical implications of cultural diversity and globalization issues. In addition, the group of students from both universities attended a memorable dinner at the Royal India Restaurant in Downtown San Diego, along with SDSU staff and professors. Upon completion of their study abroad program, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and College of Extended Studies recognized each student with a certificate of completion. Students spoke very highly of their experiences and described the program as dynamic, informative, and eye-opening.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center believes that the embodiment of a global perspective is imperative to modern leadership, and in support of this belief it will continue to provide outstanding and unique opportunities for students all over the world.

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