Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter
U.S NEWS AND WORLD REPORT AND FORBES RECOGNIZES SDSU
The U.S. News and World Report ranked SDSU’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program top 8 among public universities, and 21st overall in the country. Offerings such as the Entrepreneurship Specialization, crafted specifically for Management Majors in the College of Business Administration, the Music Entrepreneurship and Business major, offered solely for music majors, or the new minor in Entrepreneurship, available to all majors across campus is what keeps entrepreneurship flourishing throughout all academic programs here at SDSU.
Amazing collaborations are taking place across SDSU’s campus, between the Colleges, the Zahn Innovation Center and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. Earlier this month, SDSU was also recognized as one of the top 25 most entrepreneurial universities by Forbes project for the second consecutive year. Honors such as these serve as a testament to the University’s dedication to bringing entrepreneurial pedagogy to students on campus.
SDSU ENTREPRENEUR ALUMNI HELPING TO EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION
Successful entrepreneurs Zeynep Ilgaz and Robert Schulte will be teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs in the College of Business Administration. The University is excited to have both of these outstanding entrepreneurs on board to offer their invaluable expertise.
Zeynep Ilgaz, who received her MBA in 2000 from SDSU, is engaging with the Aztec community by teaching current MBA students. Mrs. Ilgaz returns to SDSU after co-founding a successful business, Confirm BioSciences , with her husband Serhat Pala, also an MBA SDSU alum. In 2014 the San Diego Business Journal named Confirm BioSciences one of the best places to work in San Diego. Mrs. Ilgaz received SDSU’s prestigious Monte Award for collegiate service in 2008. The College of Business Administration awarded Zeynep with the Lamden Rising Star Award as a result of the success of her company and her contributions to mentorship through the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center in 2009.
Robert Schulte, received his MBA from SDSU in 2005, and since has built successful start-up companies such as Taxcient and Zurple. Taxcient is a services software provider that offers Web-based sales tax automation services, tax filing and compliance services. Several years ago, Taxcient merged with Avalara Inc. a larger and more established company in this space. More recently, Mr. Schulte was CEO and President of Zurple a software company focused on connecting realtors with qualified leads. Inc. Magazine ranked Zurple the 33rd fastest growing company in 2013. Robert has taken part in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program as a mentor to students over its 2 year course; he is also a frequent speaker in various classes throughout the College of Business Administration. This semester Robert will be teaching an Entrepreneurship course to international graduate students.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITYOne of the goals of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is to connect students with internship opportunities that will further develop their skill sets and professional competencies. Similarly, the non-profit and for-profit internships provide companies with talented and motivated interns. The Center has partnered students with for-profit and non-profit companies such as Support the Enlisted Program, Semantic Research, and AMN Healthcare Inc. and ClearBalance. Students are also taking permanent positions as a result of the internship program provided by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.
This program has served as a conduit to infuse our students into the San Diego community. As a result, the center is actively seeking companies that want to place our students in positions with growth and opportunity. Cody Russel, a Masters student in the College of Business Administration describes his experience with his non-profit internship. “Working directly with the executive director of a non-profit was eye-opening to me. It was good insight to the various responsibilities that you take on as a director of a special foundation.” Cody now sits on the board for the non-profit TKF a company dedicated to ending youth violence.
LAVIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER WELCOMES CLASS OF 2017August marked the beginning of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s seventh and largest cohort since the Lavin Entrepreneur Program’s inception in 2008. The Center successfully recruited 27 students who will serve as the next generation of Lavin Entrepreneurs. A valuable component of this program is the mentorship each student will receive over the two year course. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center invited 27 successful business leaders to guide students through the program. This talented group of students has already demonstrated strong potential and we look forward to working with them!
The Lavin Entrepreneur Program’s is a four course experimental program where students are tasked with creating and selling products on and off campus. In this program they participate in a range of activities including Entrepreneur Day, where students sell goods they create. Students are provided with a mentor, and receive feedback from professors or alumni on the feasibility of their business ideas. This is all done in an effort to develop diverse entrepreneurial skill sets and build professional networks.
For more information on the program please visit the Lavin Entrepreneur Program page.
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