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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

May, 2018



SDSU marketing faculty member and former chair of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Steven Osinski, has announced that the Osinski Family Trust will endow SDSU’s Fowler College of Business and the Entrepreneur Society with a $250,000 gift that will go toward continuing the Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.

SDSU hosted this year’s second annual Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture Series in February. The lecture series presents attendees with an opportunity to hear from leading female entrepreneurs as they discuss possibilities and challenges faced by women who want to start their own organizations. This year’s lecture series featured Chair of San Diego State University’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and founder and CEO of San Diego Office Design Tamara Romeo, as well as seven other panelists.

Osinski’s gift was matched through an endowment made in 2016 by Ron and Alexis Fowler, raising the total to $500,000. “Although things are changing for the better, I still believe that the scales are not fully balanced for supporting women in the workplace,” Osinski said. “Having two grown daughters of my own, I am more aware of this than ever before. For that reason, my family is honored that our endowment will support, develop and enhance SDSU’s program of Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership in perpetuity.”


Lavin graduating

As we conclude our ninth year of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, we congratulate our 2018 graduating class of Lavin Entrepreneurs. Thirteen students were chosen from a large pool of applicants to participate in this leading entrepreneurship program at SDSU. During the course of our program, these distinguished students have been committed to cultivating their enterprising talents and building relationships that will serve them as they pursue their entrepreneurial careers.

Our program is always seeking experienced professionals to mentor our Lavin Entrepreneurs as they explore their entrepreneurial passions. If you are interested in becoming a Lavin Entrepreneur Mentor, please visit our website to apply.

We are also extremely proud of our graduating Lavin staff members who have devoted their time and efforts toward organizing and promoting an exceptional program. Each of them have shown great dedication to the program and we are grateful for their hard work. We offer each of our Lavin Entrepreneurs and staff members our congratulations on earning their degrees and wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.


New Board member

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center would like to extend a warm welcome to Sheldon Derezin, the newest member of our Board of Advisors. Sheldon brings years of financial management and accounting experience with him. After developing his own accounting firm, he sold his company to American Express and continued to serve the San Diego community as a CPA. He also served as CFO of Waxie Sanitary Supply for seven years.

He is currently a board member of several nonprofit organizations including San Diego Food Bank and Jewish Family Services of San Diego. He has traveled to various countries around the world contributing to efforts that help feed families living in impoverished areas. “It is very rewarding to see the impact that this type of work makes in people’s lives,” he says.

Through his advisory board position, Sheldon hopes that he can help Lavin students pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and discover a career that they enjoy. “The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is great because there is nothing like owning your own business,” he says. “It is totally a function of you and your passions and it is so interesting to see what people can create from their ideas.”

We are always seeking experienced individuals who wish to help us achieve our goals and support us in the community.

If you want to contribute to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program or consider joining our advisory board, please contact Alex DeNoble at 619-594-2781.


Google Internship

Lucien Eloundou, a fourth-year public health major and Lavin Entrepreneur at San Diego State University, has been invited to participate in a Google design sprint that will help the local nonprofit, Project Concern International, toward its mission. PCI works to enhance health and end hunger in communities around the world. Eloundou says the goal of the design sprint is to develop a business model and prototype for a new digital platform that PCI will use to streamline the referral process in community health centers and enable underserved families to take advantage of healthcare services. He was introduced to this project by one of his mentors, Michael Sloan, who currently serves the Director of Social Entrepreneurship Programs at the Lavin Center.

After graduating in May, Eloundou plans to continue working with the nonprofit as they build this new healthcare platform. He also has plans to start his own company, with the goal of helping busy and active professionals in underserved communities improve their health by transforming their smartphones into health management tools. We offer our sincere congratulations and support to Lucien as he begins this new project and continues his exceptional work.

“My goal is to keep helping my community, to give back to my community and to empower people to take charge of their health,” says Eloundou. “Many people don’t have access to good healthcare, so someone needs to step up and show them the way.”


Google Internship

Students at San Diego State University have been working to develop creative solutions and business models to address critical social issues. Director of Social Entrepreneurship programs at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Professor Michael Sloan, has been helping students devise strategies to transform their ideas into effective innovations through his social entrepreneurship course. “Social entrepreneurship takes on increased importance in an environment of diminishing participation from government and nonprofits to solve the world’s most serious social problems,” says Sloan.

This year, three students enrolled in Professor Sloan’s course traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to compete in TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition. The competition brings together undergraduate students from across the country to pitch their for-profit business plans that benefit the environment, the community or a specific population. During the competition, the three SDSU students presented plans for their cross-border business venture, Vida en Verde™. Their venture is designed to increase quality and quantity of crop yield by turning local community centers into just-in-time crop management centers..

Professor Sloan is always seeking ambitious students who wish to test their entrepreneurial ideas in a competitive setting. SDSU students, Kristian Krugman and Reyanne Mustafa have also been growing their business called SoulMUCH, that aims to feed people living in impoverished areas by providing them with nutrient-rich products while reducing food waste. These two students developed their business through the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad. They recently returned from St. Louis, where they took third place in SLU’s Pitch and Catch entrepreneurial competition. They are set to take part in the USD Social Innovation Challenge, a competition where students present their proposals for their social enterprises with the opportunity to earn investments.

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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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