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Saturday, February 24th 2018

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference

A Spring Board for Idea Sharing Amongst Entrepreneurship Educators

At the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference for 2018, we sought out the "creative disruptors" in our field and will have them share what they are learning, teaching and researching with respect to entrepreneurship. This conference will be highly interactive, creating an environment to learn, share and collaborate. We invite you to interact with your peers and examine how we teach entrepreneurship and conduct research today and brainstorm how we might “creatively disrupt” entrepreneurship education for our students of today and tomorrow.

Conference Information

April 12th, 2018: Pre-Conference Activities
April 13th - 14th, 2018: Interactive Entrepreneurship Teaching and Research Workshop


Dates:April 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2018
Location: San Diego State University
Full Conference Fee:$349
Single day fee:$249 per day
Optional: Baja Innovation Tour Fee $75 (Limited Space)

April 12th, 2018: Pre-Conference Activities

This year, participants who attend the conference will have two Pre-Conference activities to choose from:

Option #1: Design Thinking for Entrepreneur Educators

CEO’s, according to a recent IBM study, have ranked creativity as the number one attribute they look for in new employees. And creativity and problem solving plays a significant role in entrepreneurship. By joining us in a design thinking interactive workshop during the CEEC, educators will collaborate to identify ways students can generate new ideas and solve problems using Design Thinking. Empathizing with the modern student, and defining the problems in our teaching environments, participants will use divergent thinking to create multiple solutions to these problems.

Following this workshop, participants will learn how we have organized and currently run our highly successful campus incubator: The Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad.

Join us and other motivated educators at the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference this April as we “creatively disrupt” education. Register today, seating is limited. The Design Thinking and Incubator workshop are both included in the full conference fee.

Option #2: Baja Innovation Tour (limited to first 25 registrants)

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This year, we have added an exclusive tour for conference guests to attend a one of kind innovation tour of Baja California, Mexico. During this tour, we will explore the emerging entrepreneurship climate around the entertainment, IT, food, and wine industries. Participants will have a chance to meet and interact with local entrepreneurs. We will visit places such as MindHUB and the CETYS Universidad campus in Ensenada. To close off the evening, we will enjoy food and wine at the famous Valle De Guadalupe winery Cuatro Cuatros. This tour will give us the opportunity to network with peers and counterparts at CETYS Universidad.

Registration for this tour is an extra $75 and includes transportation on both sides of the border and one wine tasting at Cuatro Cuatros. Lunch is not included. Participants attending the tour must bring their passport since we will be crossing the international border. Please register along with the conference fee.

April 13th & 14th: An immersive and interactive two-day conference:

We will explore the research and pedagogy process and receive valuable insights from leading entrepreneurship researchers and educators. The conference will consist of interactive days dedicated to entrepreneurship in the classroom, looking at how educators can "creatively disrupt" research and pedagogy in interesting ways.

Breakfast and lunch will be included.

Please contact Pamela Razo at You can also call at (619) 594-2781 for additional conference information.

Conference Sponsors



Conference Partners

Aalto Ventures Program

Abertay University (UK)

American University

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

California State University, Northridge

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Heriot-Watt University, Dubai

John Carroll University

Oklahoma State University

University of Calgary

Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship

San Diego State University

Universitat Jaume I, Spain

University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

University of Southern California

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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