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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

October, 2015

Fostering the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs!


Golf Tournament The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is hosting its 13th annual Next Generation Invitational Golf Tournament . On the surface this tournament will be a fun social event. However, the funds we generate will help us take the next generation of entrepreneurs to a higher level. It will afford us the capability to send students to competitions and to help students cultivate their start-up business ideas. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center works with a rich assortment of bright Aztec students, and we make every effort to ensure that they acquire a skill set and competency that caters to a competitive global economy. This tournament will serve as a major contribution to this endeavor, and will also enhance the presence of entrepreneurship on SDSU’s campus.

Registration begins at 10:30 and a shotgun start at 12:00, Saturday February 9th, 2016 at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe . Lunch will be provided prior to tee off, immediately followed by a dinner reception with awards and a live auction. There are a limited number of spaces available, so reserve your place today! Register Now!

For more information please contact Alissa Thompson at 619-315-9215 or e-mail her at


California Conference

Registration for the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference has opened! This boutique conference will bring entrepreneurship pedagogy and research under one roof, with thought leaders from around the globe in an intimate workshop setting. As plans for this conference are coming together, it promises to deliver an amazing experience. Meet the session leaders who have joined the conference.

  • Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina
  • John Greathouse, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Jeff Stamp, Founder of Bold Thinking, LLC
  • Ray Bagby, Baylor University
  • Heidi Neck, Babson College
  • Ted Zoller, University of North Carolina
  • Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota

In order to deliver an intimate conference where big ideas are shared and your voice matters, there are a limited number of seats. So make sure to reserve your spot for this annual event, because it will sell out! Register Now!

If you have any questions, please contact Isha Singh at or call 619-594-2781.


New Board Member The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center would like to extend a warm welcome to Nicholas Slettengren, a new member of our Board of Advisors. As the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center grows, it is an exciting milestone when new entrepreneurs join our entrepreneurial efforts, especially when new members, such as Nick, are SDSU alums and former Lavin students. Nick joins the board with a unique perspective, and we are excited to have him on board.
Nicholas has over seven years of professional agency experience. He has gained a national and global perspective on the evolving digital world with an emphasis in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Over the years, Nick has developed a score of successful digital strategies for Fortune 500 companies like Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble as well as aiding lean startups take flight by finding opportunity gaps in a multitude of digital channels.
When asked why he joined, Nick mentions “I was a former Lavin Entrepreneurship student. That is where I started. I knew I wanted to work for myself, and I was searching for people who didn’t think I was crazy! The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center tied that together for me; I met other students and faculty who also wanted to create something for themselves.” Nick has served as a mentor for a Lavin Entrepreneurship Student for two years. He has also hired two full time employees who were former Lavin students. “My door is always open to students working towards becoming entrepreneurs, we are Lavins!”


Sloan SDSU is committed to nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset and fostering innovative solutions to social problems across the world. For the past two years, the Director of Social Entrepreneurship Programs at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Mike Sloan , has taught a workshop as part of the University of Delaware’s MEPI , (Middle East Partnership Initiative). For the past two summers, a group of bright young students have taken a trip to San Diego, where Mr. Sloan is invited to meet up with them and teach a workshop designed to foster social impact using a solid business model. Twenty-one diverse students from countries such as Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, and Lebanon, with goals of becoming writers, professors, entrepreneurs, and legislators, attended this 8 hour workshop, where they were tasked with designing a relevant business model to present.
When asked about the impact of this program, Professor Sloan comments that it is “very challenging to design a business model that incorporates social impact, because there are many variables to consider. In an area of conflict, it makes it that much more challenging, and that much more important. These students come with a passion to make a significant change back home. They see these issues first hand. They are that much more driven to improve where they have come from.” This program is an excellent example of social entrepreneurship, one that Mike hopes to be a part of for years to come.

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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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