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EMC Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter

March, 2012 FUEL

Insights, updates and perspectives on entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneur Day
    Tuesday, March 13
    Campanile Walkway, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Venture Challenge 2012
    Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 17
    Exhibit Fair starts March 15, 6:00pm
    SDSU Alumni Center

Entrepreneur Day Hits the SDSU Campus TOMORROW!

Tomorrow at 10:00am, thousands of SDSU students will be energized with the spirit of entrepreneurship as dozens of student and alumni run companies sell their products along Campanile Walkway. Take a ride in a new electric car from Car2Go . Come to SDSU's "Entrepreneurial Village" and meet the successful alums behind Volcom, Oggi's, Stance and others. Learn More about Entrepreneur Day.

THURSDAY: U Penn and Johns Hopkins to Compete Against Shake Smart at Venture Challenge 2012

This week, 23 teams from the top universities around the globe will come to the SDSU campus to compete at Venture Challenge, SDSU's international business plan competition. Come support SDSU's Shake Smart from March 15-17 as they present their business to an expert panel of judges and vie for the grand prize against teams from Cornell, UCLA, and other top schools. Venture Challenge kicks off at 6:00pm this Thursday in the SDSU Alumni Center. Read More about Venture Challenge.

Next Wednesday: Creating a Business Plan Workshop

On Wednesday, March 21, venture capitalist Joel Gragg will teach students how to craft a business plan that will grab the attention of investors. Come to our free workshop in LSS 248 at 6:00pm to learn the key elements of a business plan and hear more about the Lavin VentureStart Competition, the campus wide business plan competition uniting all SDSU student entrepreneurs. Register Online.

The Dorm-Room Startup: A College Freshman's Big Idea for Eco-Friendly Weddings

Hear the story of Sam Franklin, who at age 19 launched the upscale electronic invitation service Greenvelope and made $70,000 in one year - all from his college dorm room. Read More.

Alumni Spotlight

Michael Librizzi

Michael Librizzi '88, MBA '95 95 is the co-founder and COO of ecoATM, the first and only company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system that uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy-back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit. Before attending SDSU, Librizzi spent six years in the U.S. Navy working as an electronics technician. Librizzi graduated from the SDSU College of Engineering in 1988 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and later returned to SDSU to complete an Executive MBA in Finance. Since his studies at SDSU, Librizzi has worked for more than 20 years in wireless communications at companies such as NextWave Broadband, Cygnus Communications, and Entropic Communications. In 2004, he co-founded ecoATM and invented the company's revolutionary automated eCycling Station for pricing and buy-back of used consumer electronics and mobile phones for trade-in and recycling. Librizzi supports his alma mater by serving as a mentor to entrepreneurship students, and will return to campus on March 16 to serve as a judge at Venture Challenge 2012, SDSU's global business plan competition.

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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