Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
Help Fund Future Entrepreneurs by Registering Today!
With plans underway for the Next Generation Invitational golf tournament, registration is officially open! The golf tournament will be held on February 9th, 2016 at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. This tournament serves as a leading contributor to the efforts made by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center to foster the entrepreneurial atmosphere for students at San Diego State University. Whether you are an individual or business, sponsorship and/or participation offers many benefits. Your participation will help ensure students acquire the skills and perspective needed to provide a strong business foundation that will prepare them to excel in an ever competitive emerging global economy.
We currently have six Aztec Circle sponsors, and are still seeking foursomes to play in the tournament. Make sure to register for this event as spaces are limited. If you would like to get involved in a different capacity, sponsorship opportunities for the tournament are available.
For more information please contact Alissa Thompson at 619-315-9215 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Entrepreneurs, 180 Students
We held our fall LaunchIn event on October 20th. LaunchIn is an interactive panel designed to get students closer to entrepreneurs in an intimate setting. Over 180 students from across the campus took advantage of the opportunity to ask any question they had about starting a company to our panel of three successful entrepreneurs.
Our panel consisted of Lance Hoffman, co-founder of Mamma Chia; Nicke Rhea, founder of Lunatec Gear; and Christopher Lynch, co-founder of Everyday California. Mamma Chia is an organic natural food and beverage company that started in San Diego and is currently sold across the US in retail stores. Lunatec Gear sells innovative, practical gear for outdoor enthusiasts. Everyday California is a lifestyle company that embodies the essence of California through watersports and apparel. It was an honor to have these three panelists come connect with, and inspire, our students toward building their own start-up.
SDSU Student Teams Compete!The VentureStart competition was held on October 27th in the Ron Fowler Athletic Auditorium. Preceding the competition were two workshops for students across all seven colleges on campus to attend in preparation: Information, Ideation, and Treadspotting and Business Model Development Of the five teams chosen to compete in the VentureStart Competition Finals (chosen from more than 45 submissions), awards and prize money totaling $900 were given to the top three student teams. A panel of judges, including alumni from San Diego State University and the San Diego venture community chose the top teams, awarding:
Second place to Laser Clean- Jason Peretz
Third place to Park it Market- Dylan Krikoffer and Brennan Whirley
This competition serves as a great platform for perfecting business model ideas from all across campus. The VentureStart Competition will be held again in the Spring semester on March 17th, 2016 from 4:00PM-5:45PM in the Park Boulevard Suite, in the Student Union
Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Welcomes New Board Member!Our Advisory Board is thrilled to announce the newest member to join, Kevin Popovíc . Not only is Kevin the founder of Ideahaus , an award winning creative communications agency, he is also a lecturer here at San Diego State University teaching Creativity & Innovation. Kevin Popovic has immersed himself in helping shape the future generation of entrepreneurs at San Diego State University, from judging our LeanModel competition, speaking at various center events, to mentoring students in our Lavin Entrepreneurs program.
When asked why he joined the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board, Kevin stated, “..I think collectively the experiences that we have, the lessons that we’ve learned, those are assets we can share with the rest of our community. In particular with our students who are looking to map out their entrepreneurial path, and really make their own mark like many of us have.” We are thrilled to utilize Kevin Popovic’s experience in helping assist with the future direction of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center as our newest board member!