Shark Tank Casting Call Visits SDSUOn June 6th, the ABC television hit show Shark Tank casting directors visited SDSU in search of the best student-entrepreneurs with the most outstanding businesses, products, or services for an opportunity to pitch their start-ups in front of the Sharks. The casting crew had selected universities based on strong entrepreneurial programs, and SDSU was one of the casting destinations selected in addition to Ohio State University and Harvard. SDSU students, alumni, faculty, and staff were invited to the casting, unveiling their ideas during one-minute presentations. "We are currently casting for the sixth season of the show," said Scott Slayers, Shark Tank casting director. "This time, we are travelling to colleges," he continued.
Shark Tank is a business-themed reality show featuring creative and innovative entrepreneurs seeking investments for their service or product. The Sharks evaluate the idea based on the business model, revenue stream, and current market conditions during their decision making process. Aspiring entrepreneurs can make a deal on the show if at least one panel investor is interested. Currently, Shark investors include Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters; Lori Greiner, the CEO of For Your Ease Only; Barbara Corcoran, the real-estate guru and the founder of the Corcoran Group; Robert Herjaves, the CEO of the Herjavec Group; Daymond John, the fashion industry expert and the founder of FUBU brand; and Kevin O'Leary, a venture capitalist and the Founder of O'Leary Funds.
Shark Tank on ABC
SDSU Kicks-Off The New Music Entrepreneurship SpecializationThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration and the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, are introducing a new program specifically designed for artistically talented students in the fall of 2014. The Music Entrepreneurship Specialization offers the opportunity for young people with musical backgrounds to translate their artistic talents into the pursuit of an entrepreneurial experience. All students enrolled as music majors are eligible to apply for admission. "We are extremely excited to take entrepreneurship across campus," said Dr. Alex DeNoble, the Executive Director of the Lavin Center. "Our goal is to give each student on this campus the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of their chosen major," he continued. Donna Conaty, the Music Entrepreneurship Program Advisor and the Associate Dean at the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, noted, "The entrepreneurship courses and program at SDSU are really important to musicians and dancers or anyone in the arts. Business fundamentals are extremely critical as people move forward in their lives to be able to form how they create their work, promote their work and how they pay the bills."
The Music Entrepreneurship Specialization College of Business Administration
Dr. Alex DeNoble College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Donna Conaty
SDSU Hosts Summer Life Sciences ProgramThis summer, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, in conjunction with the College of Sciences at SDSU and Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) in Mexico, will host a Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Certificate Program. This two-week program was specifically designed to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of life sciences and technology industries from a business perspective. The ten full-day sessions will consist of group lectures, focus groups, industry experts, and visits to local companies. Each activity will help participants gain exposure to current information and knowledge necessary to become the next group of leading entrepreneurs in the life science marketplace. "It is our goal to provide life science professionals with up-to-date knowledge about creating a business," said Dr. Stanley Maloy, the Dean of College of Sciences at SDSU. "Success within this fast-paced industry requires an understanding of trends, business life cycle and finance, so, once acquired, this information will provide opportunities for growth and expansion," Dr. Maloy continued.
University of Baja California, Mexico SDSU College of Sciences Dr. Stanley Maloy
The 2nd recipient of the Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship – Raul Hernandez OrchoaThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship in Entrepreneurship – Raul Hernandez Ochoa. Raul is an undergraduate student majoring in Entrepreneurship and a member of the Entrepreneur Society at SDSU. "I was inspired to become an entrepreneur when I first learned about SOLO Eyewear," he said. "I was amazed that students were starting companies and creating such an impact."
Raul is also a Lavin Entrepreneur student interested in starting his own business in the technology or fitness industries. "The Lavin Entrepreneur Program has taught me to understand and apply the processes entrepreneurs take to identify opportunities. Most importantly, I learned about the mindset of an entrepreneur – I have gained confidence that I can take a product to market, and become exposed to the entrepreneur community. It has been an amazing journey so far," Ochoa continued.
The Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship provides substantial support to upper division, full-time students, encouraging them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and transform their ideas and inventions into profitable businesses.
Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship Lavin Entrepreneur Program
Solo Eyewear Story Raul Fernandez Orchoa
Student Spotlight – Diego Segovia, the Founder of the Burn Victim FoundationDiego Segovia is a founder of Burn Victims Foundation, an organization aimed to assist children and adults suffering from injuries caused by heat, electricity, fire, and radiation. He is currently a SDSU student studying Business Management and Real Estate. Diego’s ultimate goal is to help burn victims overcome their emotional trauma and accomplish personal goals and professional endeavors. Presently, he is closely involved with the mentorship of burn victims in the San Diego area and is working on his organization's strategic objectives. "Currently I am working on a sustainable business model that will bring medical care, emotional therapy, and burn camp services to the many children worldwide," explained Segovia. Professor Michael Sloan, lecturer in the Management Department at SDSU, has been mentoring Diego and providing advice and support. "I believe that every student has the potential to make a change in this world," Sloan said. "Social entrepreneurship should not be underestimated. Even a small mission-driven business can make a big difference in the community."
Professor Michael Sloan Social Entrepreneurship Program