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October, 2013

Lavin Center Executive Director Wins Prestigious Award in Entrepreneurship Education - Lavin Center October Newsletter

The SDSU Business Alumni Network presents: The Business of Health Care - Embracing and surviving disruption as San Diego's health care industry continues to drive the region's economy. Features industry panelists including former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

October 17, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.
AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive Suite 100 San Diego, CA.

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SDSU to Offer New Entrepreneurship Minor Across Entire Campus

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Lavin Center Executive Director Wins Prestigious Award in Entrepreneurship Education

Advisory Board The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and San Diego State University are proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award -- Dr. Alex. F. DeNoble. Of the ten potential nominees this year - representing some of the top entrepreneurship educators in the field - Dr. DeNoble was unanimously selected to receive the award. The presentation was attended by Dr. Karl Vesper himself during the Experiential Classroom program held at the University of Florida. The event brought together experts in the field of entrepreneurship, with new faculty from around the world, in order to share best practices in entrepreneurship education.

Dr. DeNoble is a Professor of Management and the Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University. Prior to his role in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. DeNoble served for three years as the Chair of the Management Department in the College of Business Administration and the Chair of the Steering Committee. His primary areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, technology commercialization, and strategic management. Dr. DeNoble has published articles in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Management, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Technology Transfer, the Journal of Small Business Management, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.

Alex F. DeNoble                        Dr. Karl Vesper                        SDSU Management Department                                              Experiential Classroom                   

SDSU Students' Launch New Website for San Diego River Park Foundation

SDSU’s Shake Smart Opens New Stores in San Diego This summer, a team of SDSU students were assigned to renovate the San Diego River Park Foundation's website as a part of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center's WebCompass program. The students teamed up to work on the website redesign, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media tools integration. The Lavin Center Director of Programs, Bernhard Schroeder, oversaw the project and advised students on the strategy, design, social media tactics, and deliverables. "One of the most important investments an organization can make is SEO and Internet marketing," he said. "Increased prominence of a website within the search results can make a big difference in attaining an organizations objectives; we utilize students from three different colleges to create the team," added Schroeder. Students studying business, graphic design and computer science at SDSU comprise the website project team. The San Diego River Park Foundation benefited from a new website, designed to better meet their needs and the students received a unique learning experience.

The San Diego River Park Foundation             WebCompass Program                  Bernhard Schroeder                            

Announcing the 2014 California Entrepreneur Conference Panelists

SDSU and SDG&E Facilitate Diverse Business Enterprise Companies in San Diego The 2014 California Entrepreneur Conference, an event designed to unite California entrepreneurship educators, will be hosted on March 5th and 6th on the SDSU campus. The Conference's primary focus is to increase the interaction between university thought leaders and share innovative ideas regarding entrepreneurship education. The conference will highlight five focus areas: curriculum, social entrepreneurship, incubators, specialty programs, and assurance of learning.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to announce the panelists and guest speakers for the inaugural California Entrepreneur Conference being held at San Diego State University in March, 2014.

Curriculum Panel: University of San Francisco; Chapman University; University of Southern California

Incubator Panel: California State University, Chico; University of California, San Diego; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Social Entrepreneurship Panel: Pepperdine University; University of San Diego; Santa Clara University

Specialty Programs Panel: University of California, Santa Barbara; California State University, Fresno; San Diego State University

Program Level Assessment: San Diego State University; special guest from University of Florida Dr. Michael H. Morris

Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Rebecca J. White, University of Tampa

California Entrepreneur Conference             Conference Panelists                 

Student Highlight - Alex Martinez, Lavin Entrepreneur

2.	SDSU and SDG&E Facilitate Diverse Business Enterprise Companies in San Diego Alex Martinez is an active member in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, SDSU's Entrepreneur Society, the Business Honors Program, Rotaract of SDSU, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Previously, he served as Head of the Acquisitions Department at CT Homes. CT Homes is a residential redevelopment company that renovates distressed real estate all across southern California. Currently, Alex attends SDSU full-time, works for his own company and participates in Zahn Center and Lavin Entrepreneur program initiatives.

Currently, he is working to launch Impaktiv Edge, the world's thinnest smartphone battery charger. Alex and a team of SDSU students have built the prototype and are about to launch a Kickstarter campaign. "I am focused on building a dream that I and four other SDSU Aztecs have," he said. "We have created a company called Impaktiv, and we believe in Freedom By Design, which means we will design products that help people go further in life than ever before with today's technology," Alex continued.

Impaktiv Edge                Kickstarter                Lavin Entrepreneur Program            Entrepreneur Society                      

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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