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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

May, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Stance Founder Knocked the Socks Off Students in L. Robert Payne Lecture Series


On Thursday April 21st, more than 250 San Diego State students, faculty, and local entrepreneurs joined the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center to hear John Wilson, the Co-Founder of Stance, share the story of his path to success. The lecture was a part of the annual L. Robert Payne Speaker Series, in which distinguished entrepreneurs are invited to campus to share their insights.

John Wilson, an SDSU ‘93 alum, spoke about his experiences as a successful entrepreneur and also took questions from students. Wilson discussed how the culture of your company is vital to your success. He shared how the founders of Stance created their company culture around the idea, “when you are free to perform, accountability naturally follows.” Since Stance was founded in 2009, the company has attracted $86 million in funding, including a $50 million series C round in March and initial investments from celebrities like Will Smith and Dwyane Wade. They signed a deal in April 2015 as the NBA's official on-court sock. Stance has ignited a movement of art and self-expression that has drawn athletes, performers and iconic cultural influencers to the brand – they refer to this community as their “Punks & Poets”. By underpinning its creative roots with a relentless focus on technical innovation, Stance can be found in over 40 countries on the feet of those who dare to be different.

For more information on the L. Robert Payne Lecture Series, please contact Kathryn Boyles at

Entrepreneurship Continues to Spread Throughout the Campus!

baseball game

On April 29th, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted an end of the year celebration. Lavin Entrepreneur students were joined by their mentors and Advisory Board members for an event held at Tony Gwynn Stadium to watch the Aztecs baseball team play the University of Nevada. The celebration was held in the suite behind home plate where everyone was able to network and enjoy watching the game play out!

This celebration is just another example of how entrepreneurship is spreading throughout San Diego State University’s campus. Ken Gerdau, former San Diego State University baseball player and Orange County entrepreneur, started a push for the athletic department to become involved with the entrepreneur program. Through his generous gift, Mr. Gerdau has established a business and baseball scholarship with preference for an entrepreneurship student. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is thrilled that entrepreneurship continues to become an integral component of students’ education across the campus!

Student Entrepreneur Featured Start-up Business at Lavin Board Meeting

Joel Lopez On the morning of May 18th, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center held our 2nd quarterly Advisory Board Meeting of 2016. At every meeting a catered breakfast is provided to our Board Members. For this particular board meeting, we featured student entrepreneur, Joel Lopez, who is pursuing his Latin flavor catering business Ay, Que RicoJoel gave a short presentation after the breakfast describing how he has taken advantage of the resources on campus at both the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Platform.

Joel was recently admitted to both the Zahn Innovation Platform, and into the next cohort of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program. Joel reflected on the mentoring benefits he has received, and looks forward to continue building on this momentum. If you are interested in helping shape the next generation of entrepreneurs through mentorship or program support, please contact Kathryn Boyles at

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Welcomes New Board Member: Robert Wilcox

Robet Wilcox The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to announce our new board member, Robet Wilcox. Mr. Wilcox is the founder of Precision Labela premium label printing and flexible packaging company. Precision Label, a solutions-oriented label printer headquartered in Oceanside CA, is a leader specializing in the Health and Beauty industry. Their commitment of "exact color reproduction" is appropriately aligned to the industry‘s customer base. Additionally, Precision Label provides brand managers within food, nutraceutical, natural products, and pharmaceutical industries with superior quality and color management technology. Mr. Wilcox, an SDSU alum, decided to join the Advisory Board in order to give back and help future SDSU entrepreneurs.

It is through the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members that we are able to help grow, mentor, and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs at San Diego State University. We are seeking people who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Advisory Board, please contact Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Alex DeNoble at

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