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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

May, 2017

LaunchIn Helps Students Get Summer Internships!


Wednesday, April 26th the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted LaunchIn . LaunchIn is an event that connects local startups with students at San Diego State University. The goal of this program is to help students gain an opportunity to learn from local startups and growing companies through targeted internship experiences.

This year’s event brought in over twenty-six companies from all over San Diego. A portion of the companies were founded by SDSU Alumni, including companies such as; Industry, Confirm Biosciences and CaliTrend. All the participating companies were growing exponentially in their industries. The San Diego State University Student Union theater hosted the Entrepreneurship Panel; we invited Cody Barbo from Industry, Jeff Gordon from TapHunter, and Michelle Weinstein from Fitzee Foods to speak on their experiences. Afterwards, students were able to interview with all twenty-six companies in Montezuma Hall. For the past four years, students have found this event to be very helpful and motivating whether they are looking for a job or looking to learn the ropes of starting a business.

Entrepreneurship Major Awarded Valedictorian of Fowler College of Business 2017

Entrepreneurship Major Awarded Valedictorian

On behalf of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center we would like to congratulate David Jonathan Hitzhusen for being named the 2017 Valedictorian of the Fowler College of Business. Jonathan studied Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. He was able to keep a 3.98 GPA while graduating in less than three years; he gives thanks for all of his success to hard work and his faith. He was highly motivated to work full time at Apple, while supporting his wife and child Liam James.

At a young age David was a true entrepreneur and businessman. Starting at the age of five he would grow and sell pumpkins for halloween to his relatives and friends. When David was in high school, he dropped his iphone and broke the screen. Channeling his entrepreneurial spirits, he decided to learn how to fix his phone himself which in turn led him to start his own mini business on the side. After dabbling into the phone repair industry and he pursued work at Apple. After high school he pursued his education in Business Entrepreneurship at San Diego State University. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center wishes him well in his future career endeavours.

Lavin Entrepreneurship Program Graduates Class of 2017!!

Course Key

This year marks the eighth year of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program . Fourteen students who successfully completed this two- year rigorous program. A number of these students have created their own business or worked on several ideas that taught them how to start a company. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Program recruits rising sophomores that aspire to be innovative and create a company.

All of these students succeeded and grew in our program but here are a few that are highlighted. Eric Birkemeier is a Television and Media Studies student. He worked closely with the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad and in doing so was able to co-launch and grow his company ShredLights, a company that makes headlights for skateboards. Jack Doheny is a Mechanical Engineering student and co-founder of Bold Brew , a new innovative way to brew cold coffee. Jacob Ory is a Business Marketing student who was always testing different business models and ideas. He initially sold various products on E-bay. As he started finding more products, to sell he moved to the Amazon platform. Finally, Jake Bedard a Computer Science student who set his mind to learning online e-commerce and how to utilize this market place efficiently. He has created a small fashion company.

There are a wide variety of majors represented in our program and we hope to keep this diversity going! We wish them all an amazing entrepreneurial journey.

SDSU Lavin Program Alumni Come Back to Judge Venture Start!

Judge Venture Start

On March 22nd, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center hosted VentureStart. This is a competition that includes two workshops which leads up to a final pitch night. In these workshops, students team up to create a business model and provoke creativity and innovation. The finals of the Venture Start Competition consisted of four teams each having a unique product and group dynamic. These teams were chosen by a business model canvas they submitted during the two workshops prior to the final round. The room was packed with students, faculty, and guests waiting to hear each team pitch in front of our three judges. These judges were all Lavin Program and SDSU Alumni. We are always pleased to see past SDSU Alumni succeed in Entrepreneurship and come back to give us their insights. We want to thank Drew Haines, Sean Dreiling, and Jesse Villanueva for judging. Our three winners were the following: first place was Chad Vardus & David Shadi - Vardus Solutions, second place was Talena Handley - The Farewell Guide, in third place was Christopher Oyuela & Alex Jones - Chris’ Pantry. We wish all these student teams future success. Visit the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center website to learn more.

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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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