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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

November, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Lavin Center Receives GCEC Award!

Lavin, Center, GCEC, Award!

The GCEC organization holds an international conference annually. This year the 2016 International GCEC Conference was held September 29th through October 1st in Rochester, New York, co-hosted by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. Each year the organization recognizes the top entrepreneurship program in eight different categories. This year, there were 92 very competitive entries. We are extremely proud and excited to announce that the SDSU Lavin Entrepreneurship Center was presented with the 2016 Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines award! Receiving this recognition from peers representing some amazing universities is very rewarding.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is currently an active member of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The GCEC was established in 1997, and today stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance of the nation’s university based centers for entrepreneurship. This organization allows for universities to network, benchmark and explore how to best promote entrepreneurship education and new venture creation. The GCEC has more than 225 University-based entrepreneurship centers in membership.

First Speaker Announced for California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference!

 Ronald Mitchell California Conference Speaker 2017

The 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference will be featuring Dr.Ronald Mitchell as the Research Day keynote speaker! Mitchell is Professor of Entrepreneurship, and holds the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management in the Jerry S. Rawls School of Business at Texas Tech University. In addition, he is the Francis G. Winspear Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Business and Public Policy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and also is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University. Dr. Mitchell also has served as a jointly-appointed Professor of Public Policy and Strategy at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Beijing, China (1999 – 2002). His current academic mission centers on the problems and possibilities in opportunity emergence, and it focuses on better understanding the core systems and institutions of society that enable greater human capacity and liberty. To learn more about Dr. Ronald Mitchell, as well as our other session leaders, please view our 2017 session leader page.

2017 Conference Information:
Dates: March 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2017
Location: San Diego State University
Cost: Full Conference fee: $299
Single day fee: $199 per day

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and register for the 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference today!!

For more information on the conference or help registering, please contact Kathryn Boyles at

Fall 2016 Internship Programs Review

 Fall, 2016, Internship, For Profit Internships,Qualcomm Non-profit Internships.  Each semester the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center connects students with internship opportunities that will further develop their skill sets and professional competencies while providing companies talented interns. These internships provide students the opportunity to build a relationship with an experienced professional who will not only lend advice, knowledge, and insights, but also guidance and support as they build their professional careers. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center offers students two types of internships: For Profit Internships and the Qualcomm Non-profit Internships. For Profit Internships and the Qualcomm Non-profit Internships.

This Fall semester the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has placed three students in our For-Profit Internship program. There are students working at HNM Systems, Navigate HCR, and Histogen. We have also placed seven students in the Qualcomm Non-Profit Internship Program. There are students working at Arts for Learning, Mountain Lion Foundation, Build a Miracle, Epilepsy Foundation, and Promises2Kids. In addition, there are Qualcomm employees who assist the non-profit organizations.

If you are interested in hiring an intern for your business or non-profit organization for the upcoming Spring semester, please contact Cyrus Mostashari for more information at

Student Profile - Lavin Entrepreneur Milovan Simic

Milovan Simic The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s Lavin Entrepreneur Program is seen as an Entrepreneurship Honors Program at San Diego State University. There are currently 51 students in two cohorts. One of these students, Milovan Simic is in the 2015-2017 cohort. Milovan came to San Diego State University in 2015 as a transfer student. He will graduate in May with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Management. Milovan came into the Lavin Entrepreneur Program having just started his own business, Bamboo Tranquility, in July of 2015. Bamboo Tranquility is an online luxury bedding business that sells bamboo sheets. Milovan’s business has rapidly grown during his time in the Lavin Entrepreneur program, now doing more than $200,000 in annual sales. Throughout the Lavin Entrepreneur program Milovan has been able to learn from his fellow Lavin students and use the mentor connections he has made in the program to assist him in his business. Milovan said, “The Lavin program has really helped expand my knowledge of practical business skills and continually encourages me to think bigger. They brought in mentors and speakers that showed me you don't have to be a genius to be a successful entrepreneur.” Once he graduates he will continue to put his efforts into Bamboo Tranquility with the goal of creating more profitable eCommerce businesses in the future.

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is an amazing and leading program for all undergraduate students across the San Diego State University campus. This two year co-curricular program is organized around a "Lean" framework that advocates dynamic business modeling based on "out of the building" assumptions testing. Throughout the program, we challenge students to describe, design, invent, and "pivot" their business ideas.

If you would like to support or learn more about this program, please contact Alex F. DeNoble at


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Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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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