SDSU Team in Top Eight at Harvard CompetitionOn May 3, 2013, Epsilon Micro Devices participated in the International Business Model Competition (BMC) hosted at the Harvard Innovation Lab, Boston. The team placed in the top eight, with more than 1,000 teams in the competition from all over the world. The founders of the company, Pieter van Niekerk, Tanja Muetze and John Waynelovich, pitched their business idea in front of a panel of expert judges not only for a financial award, but also to bring their company up to the next level and increase their recognition in the biotech industry. "The competition brought our team to a more advanced level. We realized that it is possible to explain the principles of our product to people who do not have an engineering or technical background and to be understood, since we are producing a highly technical product. It was certainly a unique experience," said Pieter van Niekerk, the Epsilon Micro Devices' co-founder and a bioengineering student at SDSU.
Epsilon Micro Devices has developed affordable and original technologies that combine a multifaceted approach in utilizing new equipment and techniques for the biotech industry. The start-up won the Lavin Venture Start competition in December, 2012, and went on to win 3rd place in the LeanModel Start-up Competition in March 2013.
Harvard Innovation Lab     Business Model Competition     Lean Model Competition
College of Business Administration to Support Zahn Center StartupsThe Zahn Center for Technological Innovation at SDSU'S College of Engineering has been working closely with the College of Business Administration (CBA) and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center to provide mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students working on start-up endeavors. This summer, CBA professor David DeBoskey will be providing mentorship to the Zahn teams, advising them on the financial analysis and cash flow related issues.
Dr. DeBoskey is an Assistant Professor in the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. Since joining the College of Business Administration faculty in 2006, he has taught upper-division undergraduate accounting courses for the School of Accountancy and specialized graduate MBA courses in the Sports and Executive MBA programs at SDSU. Dr. DeBoskey's areas of interest include cost of capital, corporate governance, information risk, and auditor specialization. He received his Ph.D. in accounting from Rutgers University, where he also completed his Masters in Business Administration. Dr. DeBoskey has been published in various academic journals, including The Journal of Banking & Finance, The CPA Journal, Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Business and Accounting and Practical Tax Strategies.
The Zahn Center     Dr. David DeBoskey      Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy
SDSU’s Shake Smart Opens New Stores in San DiegoShake Smart, the food stand specializing in protein shakes, just opened a new location at the UTC Westfield Mall on May 28, 2013. The founders kicked off the launch with free mini protein meals and smoothies for all guests on that day to celebrate the Grand Opening. UTC Westfield is known for the high concentration of gym goers, office individuals and regular visitors, so it was expected that Kevin Gelfand and Martin Reiman, SDSU business alums, chose it as the next Shake Smart destination.
Shake Smart was founded in January 2011 to promote and support healthy lifestyle, and to give people an easy access to tasty and nutritious protein shakes. The first Shake Smart kiosk was placed outside of the Aztec Recreation Center on SDSU campus. Few months later, it opened the second location in Horton Plaza downtown San Diego. This year, the Shake Smart team opened a new food stand location on the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton and the UTC Mall in La Jolla. Shake Smart's next location will be in Oceanside in a brand new LA Fitness.
Shake Smart     UTC Westfield Mall