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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

June, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!


Scholarship RECIPIENT

Dylan Kirchhofer, an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics with a minor in entrepreneurship and current member of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program in the 2015-2017 cohort, was named the 2016 Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship recipient. The Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship provides support to an upper division full-time student, encouraging them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and learn how to transform their ideas and inventions into profitable businesses. “It is the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” Mr. Petersen said. “The students should be able to control their own destiny in their professional lives. That is why it is so important for them to start gaining entrepreneurial skills while they are in college.”

Dylan is a deep thinker with innovative ideas. His sales and marketing experience have been primarily internet based with profitable success. Passionate about the protection of the environment, Dylan continues to educate his peers on solution based ideas. He is a proven leader as captain of his basketball team and a team player in all aspects of his life. Also currently a USPA licensed skydiver and skydiving coach at Sky San Diego, Dylan has a passion for living by the motto, “live life to the fullest”. He recognizes entrepreneurship as a pathway to achieving his personal goals and making the world a better place for all. His goal for the future is to become a serial entrepreneur and positively impact the world through my endeavors.


ICSB Conference

The 61st annual ICSB 2016 World Conference was held from June 15th-18th, 2016 in the New York and New Jersey metro area, with the theme Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Society – Transforming Our World Together. The conference was attended by participants from over 55 countries. Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Director, Alex DeNoble, took four Lavin Entrepreneur students with him to attend the ICSB World Conference, including David Shadi, Garrett Wilson, Milad Hassibi, and Milovan Sibic. The four students participated in the ICSB Academy which was held directly prior to the world conference. Over the week, sessions were held at the Stevens Institute of Technology, the United Nations, and New York University.

While attending the conference, Dr. Alex DeNoble, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, was presented with the International Council for Small Business 2016 – 2017 Presidential Award. Dr. DeNoble was presented with the award during the session held at the headquarters of the United Nations in their Great Assembly Hall. “The ICSB recognized Dr. DeNoble with this award for his innovation and creation of the California Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference which is held at SDSU’s campus,” said Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of The ICSB and professor of management at George Washington University. “The impressive program, design and mission of this unique conference offered an extraordinary opportunity for networking and an exchange of ideas between entrepreneurship academics.”


 LAVIN ENTREPRENEUR STUDENT WINS AT ICSB ACADEMY Garrett Wilson, a member of the 2015-2017 Lavin Entrepreneur cohort, attended the 2016 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Academy. The ICSB Academy provides students with a full immersion experience in the making of a new entrepreneurial venture, while exposing them to the latest developments in entrepreneurship education under the mentorship of a global team of successful entrepreneurship experts. The 2016 ICSB Academy featured 140 students from 18 different countries. Garrett was one of four students who attended from San Diego State University.

Garrett commented on his experience at the ICSB Academy, “My time at the ICSB Conference was invaluable. I gained cultural awareness by being around people from over 18 different countries. I also learned about how my current business idea's could work in other countries. I have gained insight into how to market my companies better as well. Overall, I believe, the most valuable insight I gained as a result of the ICSB Academy is market validation.” During the academy, students formed teams which generated a business ideas which they presented in front of a group of judges. Garrett’s team won first place from the judges, solidifying him a spot in attending the next 2017 ICSB World Conference held in Argentina. Garrett’s experience at the ICSB Academy was invaluable, “I am blessed to have this gained confidence as a result of the ICSB academy.”

Kevin Popović Named Director of Idea Lab

Kevin Popović Kevin Popović, lecturer in the Management department at San Diego State University and Lavin Entrepreneurship Center board member, was appointed as Director of the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), Idea Lab, effective July 11th, 2016. In this role, Kevin Popović will work with university leaders, faculty, students, and community partners in the establishment, organization, and management of a new design thinking-based laboratory. He will be designing and launching the new Idea Lab.

Kevin is the Founder of Ideahaus, an award-winning creative communications agency that helps B2B, B2C and Non-Profit organizations build their brands and increase sales. As a Communications Director, Kevin lead CEOs, C-Level Sales & Marketing Directors through a proven communications planning process to develop a strategic plan for their branding, advertising, marketing, events, public relations and social media. In 2010, Kevin was ranked #43 in Fast Company's The Influence Project measuring the "most influential people online."​ In 2013, his book "20YEARS Communications: 20 Leaders, 20 Questions, 100's of Lessons"​ was published by Transmedia. Additionally, Kevin has been a lecturer at San Diego State University in creative thinking in both the College of Business and the College of Extended Studies.


Lavin Entrepreneur Program The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is an amazing and leading program for undergraduate students across the San Diego State University campus.This two year co-curricular program is organized around a "Lean" framework that advocates dynamic business modeling based on "out of the building" assumptions testing. Lavin Entrepreneurs are selected from among sophomore undergraduate students moving into their junior year from all seven colleges on SDSU’s campus if the students have demonstrated entrepreneurial passion and talents. This program was established in 2008 from a generous gift by Dr. Leonard H. Lavin.

This year the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center experienced the largest number of applicants for the Lavin Entrepreneur program. Over one-hundred applications were received for the new 2016-2018 cohort. Of these applications, 31 new Lavin Entrepreneurs were chosen. This is one of the most diverse cohorts that we have experienced. There are students represented from four out of the seven colleges on campus and 14 different majors, including the College of Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, College of Business Administration, and the College of Arts and Letters. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is busy finding mentors for each new Lavin Entrepreneur.

If you are interested in contributing your time to make a difference and mentor one of our Lavin Entrepreneurs, please contact Emerson Redd at

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