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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

May, 2014

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Domain Associates Visits SDSU MBA Class

Domain Associates On March 26, 2014, students in Dr. Alex DeNoble's MBA class, Managing a Growing Firm, had a chance to attend a real world venture capitalist meeting. Domain Associates is a venture capital firm based in Princeton, New Jersey and San Diego, California, specializing in healthcare and biotech fields with over $2.7 billion in capital raised and involvement with the formation of over 250 companies since 1988. The Partners' meeting took place in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) with a full room of students. Partners Brian Dovey and Jim Blair led the meeting as students listened in to how the VC firm makes decisions concerning investing in companies overseas. Students were able to engage with the partners and ask questions following the conclusion of the meeting.

"Having the partners' board meeting in the presence of SDSU students is always a highlight of the year. We get to share our knowledge with future venture capitalists," said Dovey.

Domain Associates            Brian Dovey          

Start-Up @State Unites Local Entrepreneurs with SDSU Students

Local Entrepreneurs with SDSU Students The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, in conjunction with the Entrepreneur Society and Startup Circle, hosted the 2nd annual Start-Up @State event. This year, the panel of start-up founders included Dan Gibbs, CEO and Co-Founder of Home Town Farms; Steven Cox, the CEO and Founder of TakeLessons; Sandeep Shah, Founder of eFinancial Communications; Julien Brandt, CEO and Founder of; and David Hammel, Co-Founder of Vooizer. The entrepreneurs shared their start-up stories and interacted with the students during an hour-long Q&A session. Following the panel of speakers, more than 200 students joined start-ups in the Payne Alumni Center. The 25 companies in attendance were all San Diego start-ups all looking to hire interns, part-time, and full-time staff.

Start-Up @State                Home Town Farms                TakeLessons                 eFinancial Communications                      

Stedman Graham Speaks at Business Forum Speakers Series Event

Stedman Graham at Business Forum Speakers Series Event On May 1, 2014, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted its Business Forum Speakers Series featuring Stedman Graham as the keynote speaker. Mr. Graham talked about leadership, success and maximization of life potential. "You can't let anybody else define you," he said. "Freedom is not about how other people define you, but how you define yourself," added Mr. Graham. He also pointed out that in order to be successful, people should realize that everyone is given 24 hours to make a difference, and what matters is how people make use of their time. Over 140 San Diego business leaders attended the event, contributing to the conversation and addressing the questions and concerns raised.

The Business Forum Speaker Series is presented by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and College of Business Administration. It addresses topics of interest and concern to entrepreneurial companies in the Southern California region. The program provides strategic tools for growing businesses to ensure sustainable growth and prosperity.

We would like to thank Duane Morris LLP, Moss Adams LLP, and City National Bank, Vantage Point Advisors, Inc., the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego Foundation for supporting our 2014 Business Forum Speaker Series!

Stedman Graham           Business Forum Speaker Series                SDSU College of Business Administration                Duane Morris LLP                Moss Adams                 City National Bank                Vantage Point Advisors, Inc.                The San Diego Foundation                San Diego Business Journal               

Student Spotlight - David Duwe

David Duwe Each year, SDSU hosts the Student Research Symposium, an event designed to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarly accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, David Duwe, a SDSU MBA student, won both the Presidential and Dean's Awards.

David developed the idea for his pitch while taking the Technology Commercialization course at SDSU. He served as the team leader for the research project for a biotech company that specializes in cancer treatment. The project inspired David to present at the research symposium merging different areas, such as finance, entrepreneurship, and data research and analysis. "My intention was never to win," said Duwe. "I wanted to test our pitch and see if it was strong enough to be perceived as good by judges who listen to exceptional presentations all day long," he added.

The Student Research Symposium is a two-day event hosted by SDSU to recognize outstanding accomplishments of its students. It is open to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students organized by academic disciplines. Winners may receive cash and in-kind awards to encourage further study of the subject.

SDSU Student Research Symposium                Union Bank               

Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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