Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
Hire Top Talent at LaunchIn EventThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Entrepreneur Society will host the semiannual LaunchIn event on April 22, 2015. Students from a variety of disciplines across the San Diego State University campus will be in attendance seeking opportunities within local startups and rapidly growing San Diego companies. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and hire students for full/part time positions at your company.
The event will kick off with a panel of entrepreneur founders addressing an audience of SDSU students and answering their questions. The panel will feature Michelle Weinstein, Founder and CEO/President of Fitzee Foods; Tim Garrett, Founder/President of Laird Apparel LLC; Mitch Patridge, CEO of ClearBalance; and Adam Riggs-Zeigen, Co-founder/CEO of Rock My World. Immediately following the panel, students will be invited to engage with local companies looking to hire interns and full-time employees.
If you are a start-up or early-growth company in San Diego looking to hire qualified individuals, please contact Madisyn Prior at email@example.com or 619-594-2781.
This event is supported by Gold Level Sponsors, Torrey Pines Bank and Union Bank.
Entrepreneur Day Showcases Student-Run CompaniesOver 40 San Diego State University student and alumni-run companies filled Centennial Walkway during the sixth annual Entrepreneur Day on March 4, 2015. Companies featured at the event ranged from sunglass brands to beauty products to portable power packs, all showcasing SDSU’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Bernhard Schroeder, Director of Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Programs said “We’ve created an entrepreneurial village on the campus and it’s fascinating to see these 20-somethings selling their own products.” Thousands of university students and staff attended Entrepreneur Day and showed support for the young entrepreneurs by purchasing products and services.
We would like to thank Gold Level Sponsor, Torrey Pines Bank and Silver Level Sponsor, Union Bank for their support of this event.
Conference Connects Entrepreneurship EducatorsThe second annual California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference was held over two days on March 5 and 6 on the San Diego State University campus. The conference featured an energetic gathering of professionals and leaders in entrepreneurship education discussing the future of research and education in the field. Attendees shared and exchanged ideas to implement on their respective university campuses and networked over the two days.
Over 80 entrepreneurship researchers and educators attended the two-day event from more than 40 different institutions across the United States and seven different countries. The conference also featured a number of top entrepreneurship faculty who served as session leaders throughout the event. Conference attendees voiced their satisfaction with the program and the quality of the various conference sessions. Alex DeNoble, Executive Director, Lavin Entrepreneurship Center said “We are honored to connect some of the top entrepreneurship educators and researchers from across the nation.” “It’s exciting to hear what others are doing on their campuses and collaborate to consider the future of entrepreneurship education,” he continued.
We would like to thank the conference sponsors, Union Bank, at Platinum Level, Torrey Pines Bank, at Gold Level, and the SDSU Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER) at Silver Level. We would also like to thank the Conference Supporting Sponsors, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University Mays Business School, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, and UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
2015 LeanModel™ Competition Rewards Student TeamsThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted the third annual LeanModel™ Competition on March 6 and 7, 2015. The competition united student teams from universities across the nation on the SDSU campus where they had the chance to present their business ideas for financial and in-kind rewards. Nineteen teams from eleven universities across the country participated in the event.
Partnering with the Zahn Innovation Center, the event on March 6 featured the Zahn Innovation Center Challenge Finals and the LeanModel team showcase and exhibit, which made for a spectacular student start up and community experience. The semi-finals and finals of the LeanModel™ Competition were held the following day on March 7.
Finalist Prize Winners:
1st Place: Course Key – San Diego State University
2nd Place: IllumiBowl – Brigham Young University
3rd Place: Poly Labs – California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo
Best First Impression Award & Aztec Tank Winner:
InHouse – University of Arizona
Pitch Event Winners:
SoniPed – Brigham Young University
Infinurja – University of Arizona
We would like to extend a warm thank you to Platinum Level Sponsor, Torrey Pines Bank, Gold Level Sponsor, Union Bank, Gold Level Sponsor, Ernst and Young, and Bronze Level Sponsor, Niki Krutop for their support.