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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

September, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Save The Date! - California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference 2017

Entrepreneurship Educator Conference

The 4th Annual California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference will take place on March 10th & 11th, 2017 on San Diego State University’s campus! In addition to the main portion of the conference, a pre-conference panel and conference welcome event will take place on March 9th in the late afternoon! Registration for the conference is now OPEN! Reserve your spot today by visiting the conference webpage.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is busy starting the preparation and planning of events, topics, and speakers for the conference. For now, please check out last year’s conference agenda for a full profile of events, keynotes, and speaker panels. You can also view a video highlighting conference events and speakers at this link.


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

Successful SDSU Alums Making a Difference!

mentor program

With the incoming of the Lavin Entrepreneur Center’s largest Lavin Entrepreneur Program cohort this semester, we have been busy matching each of our students with their own mentor. The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is a two year commitment, filled with four classes, mind-shifting exercises, opportunities to create and sell a product, as well as mentoring and coaching. The incoming 2016-2018 cohort has 31 students across 12 different majors on campus. Each of these students was paired with a mentor based on compatibility and business sector. The mentor portion of this program has always been a large success.

The relationships and impact that our mentors have on our Lavin Entrepreneur students go further than just the program. Nick Slettengren, a Lavin Entrepreneur from the original cohort, was matched with his mentor Thom McElroy, Co-Founder of Volcom, during his time in the program in 2009. Slettengren and McElroy still have kept their mentor relationship to this day. Today, Slettengren is now running a $7 million dollar company, Power Digital Marketing, heavily crediting his mentor relationship with helping guide him to point he is at now. The Lavin Entrepreneur program has also had the overwhelming support of Zeynep Ilgaz, Founder and CEO of Confirm BioSciences, in mentoring our Lavin students. Zeynep Ilgaz not only worked in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center while attending San Diego State University, but she is also a lecturer in International Entrepreneurship and current Lavin Entrepreneurship Center board member.

If you are looking to make a difference and have a personal long-lasting impact on with San Diego State University’s next generation of entrepreneurs, please contact Alex DeNoble to find out more information about our mentor program at

Entrepreneur Society Brings Van’s Executive to Campus

  Doug Palladini San Diego State University student organization Entrepreneur Society (ES) had a very special guest speaker event on September 7th in the Aztec Student Union. Doug Palladini, Global President and General Manager as VANS, Inc. and an Aztec alum, came onto the campus to share his business insight and experiences throughout his successful career.

The room was packed full with over 200 students to hear Palladini speak. Palladini highlighted the fact that he does not define VANS as solely a shoe company, "We are a creative expression company that makes shoes. It’s a fundamental difference. It allows you to be so much more.” In being a creative expression company first, VANS has been able to create a long-lasting brand loyalty with their customers. The Entrepreneur Society is working tirelessly to connect SDSU student with successful entrepreneurs through opportunities such as this. By bringing successful entrepreneurs, like Doug Palladini, to the campus, students are exposed to people that they may never have had a chance to hear and learn from.

For more information on Entrepreneur Society and the opportunities they have in bringing entrepreneurs on campus for the students, please visit their website at:

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Student Intern Joins Top Accountancy Firm!

Deion Reynolds The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University thrives on helping both students and emerging company executives succeed in their entrepreneurial dreams. That is why the staff here at the Center is comprised of student interns. One of our outstanding interns, Deion Reynolds, just graduated in May with his Bachelor's of Science in Accountancy with a minor in Entrepreneurship . Reynolds worked with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center since May 2015 as our Finance and Accounting Specialist. He credits his time in the center for helping him improve his time management skills, having had to learn to balance the vigorous accounting course load with his tasks at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. Reynolds said, “I was forced to have a high attention to detail to minimize errors. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center also gave me a chance to enhance my communication and networking skills.”

Reynolds has developed an incredible skill-set during his time with us that he will continue to build upon. He is currently in the midst of preparing for the CPA exam, which he will sit for the first portion in October. Reynolds has also accepted a position to start working at Considine & Considine, an accounting firm located in downtown San Diego as a Staff Accountant in Auditing. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is grateful for the incredible work that Reynolds has accomplished during his time at the Center, and is very proud of where his career is taking him!

Remembering Richard L’Heureux

Richard L’Heureux The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is saddened to have learned of the passing of one of our Lavin Entrepreneur students, Richard L’ Heureux. Richard L’ Heureux was a member of our 2014-2016 Lavin Entrepreneur Program cohort. He was pursuing a Computer Science degree in the College of Sciences, with minors in Social Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The L’Heurex family have invited anyone who wishes to post a memory of their time with Richard at His family has also set up two accounts for those wishing to honor Richard’s legacy, which can be found at this link.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.


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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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