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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

September, 2017



The 2018 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference is bringing together thought leaders to creatively disrupt the future of entrepreneurship research and pedagogy. The conference will feature a number of inspiring top entrepreneurship educators and researchers serving as panelists, breakout session leaders and guest speakers. We are assembling a stellar group of leaders to help us consider dynamic approaches to the way we teach and research entrepreneurship. As educators and researchers, who are also humans, we see the "creative" disruption occurring in marketplaces around the world with companies like Amazon, Uber, AirBnb and even Dollar Shave Club. The education and research around entrepreneurship needs to reflect these advancements. So how do we find our "creative" disruption with respect to how we teach and research within the discipline?

Dr. Alex Bruton will lead us into the disruption in an engaging talk as we take a hard look at the current state of these affairs. He will tackle popular assumptions about the future of entrepreneurship education and will provide us with tools and an actionable framework for leading the design and assessment of tomorrow's entrepreneurial learning experiences. We are excited to confirm Dr. Alex Bruton as one of the early session leaders for CEEC 2018! He's the founder and president of a practical open education and innovation design firm called The Innographer and the co-founder of The Straight Up Business Institute.

This conference will provide an opportunity for you to experience and learn about the “New Normal” of Entrepreneurship! We hope you will join us! Reserve your spot here. For questions, please email Pamela Razo at or call 619.594.2781.



The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and CETYS Universidad worked together on September 1st to bring 18 deans and faculty members from SDSU to tour the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The purpose was to create new cross-border collaborations and partnerships between the universities and entrepreneurial leaders in Tijuana. Professors and deans from the Colleges of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Arts and Letters, Engineering and Sciences visited at businesses and nonprofits during the tour in Tijuana. They went to such places as Estacion Federal, a former 1940s-era bus station that converted into a mixed-use plaza, and La Granja, a social entrepreneurship initiative in the distressed Camino Verde neighborhood. The tour also visited a MIND Hub, a business incubator, and the Bit Center, a work space for companies and freelancers.

SDSU and CETYS already have decades-long exchange programs, and since 2015 SDSU professors have taught classes on the global marketplace and international entrepreneurship at CETYS Universidad. SDSU professors and deans desire to build programs that will benefit students and both cities. Looking ahead, Dr. Alex DeNoble said he is working with CETYS to establish an entrepreneurship program and graduate program in entrepreneurship in their business school. SDSU lecturer Michael Sloan wants to expose students to countries where they’ve never been and develop projects near the border region. Dr. Stanley Maloy, dean of College of Sciences, and Francisco Velez, dean of the School of Business at CETYS, both see entrepreneurial projects in the Tijuana region as a way of giving students a global perspective that is needed for businesses to be successful today.


New Dean

Lance Nail, Ph.D. has been named the new Thomas and Evelyn Page dean of San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business. Nail previously served as dean of the business schools at both Texas Tech University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Most recently, he served as founding chairman of the board of advisors for the Texas Tech University Innovation Hub and Research Park. He earned his Ph.D. in finance at the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Alabama. While at Texas Tech, Nail increased annual philanthropic giving from an average $5.9 million per year to more than $16 million. Beyond fundraising, Nail also has proven success in improving national rankings for both undergraduate and graduate business programs. During his tenure at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, the undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 100 in both U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek for the first time in college History.

“I believe in the vision of the Fowler College of Business and look forward to supporting our students, faculty and staff as we look to grow our programs and lead an already excellent business school to achieve even greater success,” said Nail.

At the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, we are excited to have Dr. Lance Nail as our Dean for the Fowler College of Business and we look forward to working with him as the college continues its growth as a world-class top business school.


Student to Player

Tyler Adkison, a talented San Diego State University student from Culver City will be following his dreams this fall as he begins training in his hometown with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being drafted this year. Adkison was one of the three dozen players selected during the three-day draft. He is expected to play with his new team this upcoming spring.

Adkison studied business management at San Diego State. He was recruited to come to SDSU to play on the Division 1 baseball team. His entrepreneurial drive was sparked at a young age when he started selling sports equipment to his community. Adkison started an organization on campus called Business-Athletics Society of Entrepreneurs (BASE). He was part of the 2016-2018 cohort of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program. He also assisted current Lavin Entrepreneur member, Dominic Purpura, with his company Wazood. Throughout his undergraduate career, Adkison utilized his endless networking skills on campus and in his community to make moves in the professional world. His goal is to play professional baseball and then leverage that experience to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations

We want to wish Tyler Adkison much success as he follows his dreams as a professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers!

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