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EMC Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter

May, 2012 FUEL

Insights, updates and perspectives on entrepreneurship

It's Not Too Late - Lavin Entrepreneur Program Applications Due Monday, May 7!

Take your college experience to the next level with mentoring from entrepreneurs, site visits to start-up companies, relationship building with industry experts & EMC staff, all to support you in starting your own company someday! The prestigious Lavin Entrepreneur Program is seeking entrepreneurial oriented student leaders from all seven colleges to enter the program and begin their best two years at SDSU. Applicants must be entering their junior year in Fall 2012 and participate in the two-year program throughout their junior and senior years. Begin living an entrepreneurial life and apply online today.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Lavin VentureStart Competition!

Last week, five finalist teams pitched their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneur judges for the chance to win $500. The following teams received cash prizes and were announced this semester's VentureStart winners:

  • 1st Place: Aspire Innovations (Cognitive-enhancing energy shot)
  • 2nd Place: Student Cloud (Crowdsourcing for students and businesses)
  • 3rd Place: Choco ART (Artisanal chocolate/ice cream store)
Do you have a big idea you're ready to turn into one of tomorrow's leading companies? Stop by the EMC this summer to learn about the Lavin VentureStart Competition, Entrepreneur Day, and our other programs for entrepreneurial students. Check out our website.

Meet the 19 Year Old Co-founder of Pinterest

Meet Sahil Lavingia, the 19 year old from Silicon Valley whose resume includes building websites and smartphone apps like, Crate, and Gumroad, and even co-founding the hottest and fastest growing new social media site - Pinterest. Read Sahil's Story.

Alumni Spotlight

Jaime Mautz, SDSU '00

Jaime Mautz '00 is the founder and president of Pacific Ink, an online print retailer company. Mautz graduated from SDSU's College of Business Administration in 2000 with a Masters in Business Administration. While completing the MBA program, Mautz began writing a business plan for an online print retailer company, known as Pacific Ink. She launched the company soon after graduation, and has since grown Pacific Ink into a successful online company with annual revenues in the seven figures. Mautz remains involved at her alma mater and gives back to the students by speaking in classes, serving as an entrepreneur mentor in the EMC's Lavin Entrepreneur Program, and most recently serving as a judge for the Lavin VentureStart Competition, the campus-wide business plan competition for SDSU students.

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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