Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
Coach Steve Fisher Talked Teamwork at Business Forum EventOn September 10, 2014, Coach Steve Fisher delivered an inspirational talk on teamwork and leadership during the featured fall Business Forum Speaker Series event. At the event Coach Fisher gave the advice to "Treat the job you have now as the most important in the world," as he shared his personal experiences of leading the San Diego State University Men’s Basketball team. He went on to discuss how individuals should all identify their own leadership style making use of their strengths. Around 200 San Diego business leaders and community members attended the event, contributing to the lively atmosphere and allowing for productive networking.
The Business Forum Speaker Series will continue to address topics of interest and concern to entrepreneurial companies in the Southern California region with the next event scheduled for January 2015!
We would like to extend our thanks to Duane Morris LLP, City National Bank, Moss Adams LLP, the San Diego Business Journal, and Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. for their continued support of our 2014 Business Forum Speaker Series!
Announcing the Next Generation InvitationalThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is excited to announce the Next Generational Invitational golf tournament! The goal of the tournament is to allow the Center to continue growing the presence of entrepreneurship at SDSU and in the community through networking and fundraising. The tournament is scheduled for November 3, 2014 at the Pauma Valley Country Club. Participation will include valuable tee prizes, lunch, golf, player reception and an awards dinner. The event will also feature a live auction including an array of travel and leisure items.
The event will be hosted in conjunction with title sponsor Torrey Pines Bank and feature Gary Cady, CEO, Torrey Pines Bank and L. Robert Payne, President & CEO, Multi-Ventures, Inc. serving as co-chairs.
Sponsorship opportunities for the tournament are still available. We welcome both individual and companies interested in lending support to help continue to fuel the entrepreneurial atmosphere for students at SDSU. If you are interested in exploring our sponsorship opportunities or would like additional event information please contact Alissa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lavin Center Annual Report Recaps Eventful YearThe past year was a productive one for the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center as we continued to push the boundaries of entrepreneurship excellence with the launch of new innovative programming, as well as further developing established offerings.
We successfully hosted the inaugural California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, which saw the collaboration and sharing of entrepreneurial ideas between entrepreneurship educators from more than 30 universities across California and Baja California.
The past academic year also saw the expansion of entrepreneurship curriculum on the SDSU campus with the introduction of the Music Entrepreneurship Specialization for undergraduate music majors and the continued development of the Entrepreneurship Minor inviting students from a variety of disciplines across the campus to explore their entrepreneurial interests. We look forward to continuing to foster an entrepreneurial atmosphere on the SDSU campus and are proud to present the 2014 Annual Report which highlights these and many other key accomplishments of the past year.
Introducing the Lavin Entrepreneur Class of 2016In May 2014, we successfully recruited the next generation of Lavin Entrepreneurs. This group of 20 students will serve as the eighth cohort since the program’s introduction in 2008, and the third cohort to participate in the two-year version of the program. The 20 students come to the program from different backgrounds and a variety of academic disciplines on the SDSU campus.
As a welcome to the program we kicked off the academic year with a Lavin mentoring event, which introduced each student to their mentor from the San Diego business community and allowed the new cohort to network with these community leaders, as well as the senior Lavin Entrepreneur class. Additionally, the new cohort toured the Zahn Innovation Center to familiarize them with the SDSU incubator. This talented group of entrepreneurs has already demonstrated such potential and we are very excited to begin working with them!
For more information on the program please visit the Lavin Entrepreneur Program page.
Alumni Spotlight – Jason Kirby"The Lavin Entrepreneur Program was instrumental to me," said Jason Kirby, an entrepreneur and photography instructor. A Lavin Entrepreneur Program alum, Jason got started early on his entrepreneurial path launching Right Light Photography at the age of 19 while still studying at San Diego State University. Today, he is also the founder and owner of LocalPhotoClasses, San Diego’s largest photography studios and photography school.
Jason first became interested in photography while in high school. During his time at SDSU he realized he wanted to apply what he was learning in the classroom practically and knew he wanted to pursue something he was passionate about. "The Lavin Program introduced me to entrepreneurs that were successful, but hearing the stories about their paths is what helped me the most. Hearing where they made mistakes really guided me," said Kirby. He stated this aspect of the program really helped him define his purpose and the life he would lead, and not only how he would operate in business.
With over 10 years of photography experience, Jason continues to apply his industry expertise to new and innovative ventures. "Togally is an online marketplace where people go to hire local photographers," said Kirby about the new online photography resource he helped co-found. Togally, launched in August 2014, has already completed 50 transactions in 30 days, and Kirby attributes this success to noticing an untapped growth market. "There is no one-stop-shop or place to go if you're looking to hire a photographer. Togally solves this problem by transforming a once frustrating, time consuming, offline process, and making it simple by leveraging technology.
As for advice for current and future students, Kirby shared his key to success was building networks while in school. "Try everything, do not hesitate, take action, and do not be afraid of failing," he said offering a few words of wisdom "The program is transforming entrepreneurship at SDSU and is a good model for other schools."