Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
Registration Open: 2015 California Entrepreneurship Education ConferenceWe are looking to affect entrepreneurship education over two full days in March, 2015. Driven by the theme of Creativity and Innovation, the 2015 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference at San Diego State University, hosted by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will be a highly interactive experience featuring collaborative breakout sessions and panels.
We are excited to announce that registration for the conference is now open! The conference will be held over two days on March 5 and 6, 2015 on the SDSU campus. The first day of the conference will focus on entrepreneurship research, with the second day shifting focus to entrepreneurship pedagogy. The early-bird full conference fee is set at $249.
The conference will feature top entrepreneurship educators and researchers from a number of leading national universities. Individuals serving as panelists, breakout session leaders, and speakers include Alex Bruton, Candida Brush, Duane Ireland, Jeff Hornsby, Michael Morris, Ted Zoller, with more to come!
Please visit the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference page for more information and to register for the event. If you have further questions please email Gichuhi Kamau at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in March 2015!
Lavin Center Next Generation Invitational Tournament a Success!On a clear and sunny November day, San Diego State alums and other executives from the community played a round of golf on the amazing golf course at Pauma Valley Country Club. This tournament, however, was much more than a simple golf oriented fundraiser. This was about raising funds for the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center to allow us to continue to impact students’ lives in their quest to become entrepreneurs. The fundraising golf committee of Gary Cady, Don Mitchell, and Robert Payne coordinated an amazing outreach effort.
Special thanks go to Gary Cady, CEO of Torrey Pines Bank and Cary Mack, both SDSU alums who offered Torrey Pines Bank as the title sponsor. Additional friends and family sponsors included: Cresa Corporate Real Estate, Crowne Plaza San Diego, Dowling & Yahnke, Inc., Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw, The Corky McMillin Companies, On the Border, and The Zappas Family.
On behalf of all of the Lavin Center staff and the SDSU students whose lives will be impacted, we thank you.
SDSU and SDG&E Collaborate to Assist Diverse Business Enterprises in Southern CaliforniaThe Lavin Center at San Diego State University and SDG&E partnered once again to provide the Strategic Growth Planning for Entrepreneurs Program to diverse business enterprises (DBEs) in the region. The program, launched in 2010, was designed to assist owners and senior managers in growing their diverse business enterprises through strategic growth planning sessions and a hands-on business improvement project.
This year, the program was held over two weekends in October and saw a total of 16 companies register. On the last day of the program, companies in attendance had the opportunity to present their strategic growth plans directly to SDG&E diverse business enterprise representatives. Feedback from participants was positive as they voiced their satisfaction with the guidance and assistance they received through the duration of the program.
We would like to thank SDG&E for their sustained support, which allows us to continually offer this program to local DBEs at a discounted price.
Alex DeNoble Serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at Cal Poly San Luis ObispoLast month, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Alex DeNoble served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Entrepreneurship Forum Series run by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The forum series focuses on various trending topics in entrepreneurship and technology. In his role as the Entrepreneur in Residence, Dr. DeNoble met with startup companies on the campus and spoke to students, both at the campus incubator and in an introduction to entrepreneurship course, offering insight on how to launch a business and discussing their current projects.
Dr. DeNoble also participated in a panel discussion with other accomplished entrepreneurs, titled "From Dorm Room to Board Room," which explored how successful entrepreneurs transition from an initial idea to a successful venture. The panel provided students with valuable advice on taking action to move their ideas forward, turning them into a reality and the concept of bootstrapping. The panel also judged the 5th annual Elevator Pitch Competition, which featured Cal Poly students passionately pitching their ideas in 90 seconds for the chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to compete nationally.
Speaking on the experience Dr. DeNoble said "I was honored to be selected," he continued, "it was very rewarding to speak with the students at Cal Poly and not only share my experiences and knowledge, but to hear their innovative ideas and witness the entrepreneurial drive on the campus." Manager of Student Innovation Programs at the CIE, Chelsea Brown concurred, indicating she believed the event promoted collaboration in entrepreneurship education between California universities.