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Lavin Entrepreneur Program

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is a fantastic program for undergrads

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is an amazing and leading program for undergraduate students across the San Diego State University campus. This is a two-year curriculum designed to allow students the resources needed to design, think, pitch and pivot their business ideas. To refine their ideas based on customer input and the constant and rapid change to the business markets.

The Lavin Entrepreneurs will be selected from among sophomore undergraduate students moving into their junior year from business, engineering, science, arts and other majors if the students have demonstrated entrepreneurial passion and talents. Students transferring to San Diego State to start their junior year are also invited to apply. All students will be encouraged to apply for the program during their sophomore year of college. Criteria for entry into the program will be based upon an assessment of the following:

  1. A student's portfolio of entrepreneurial experiences
  2. Any entrepreneurial activity
  3. Personality and curiosity traits
  4. Grade point average
  5. A growth oriented mindset

This program engages a select group of talented undergraduate students in an unforgettable experience designed to prepare them for an entrepreneurial career. Graduates of this two-year program will be able to identify and evaluate new business opportunities, understand the roles and responsibilities of an entrepreneur and marshal and deploy resources in order to launch and build new ventures. In addition, they will develop potentially life-long relationships with industry experts, faculty, mentors and Lavin Entrepreneurship Center staff to fuel their entrepreneurial careers. This two year co-curricular program is organized around a "Lean" framework that advocates dynamic business modeling based on "out of the building" assumptions testing. Key elements of a business model include: value proposition, target market segments, customer relationship building, key resource requirements, key activities, key partners, distribution channels, cost structure and revenue streams. Throughout the program, we challenge students to describe, design, invent, and "pivot" their business ideas. Pivoting means refining assumptions around the business model based on customer feedback or significant changes in either the market place or the internal organization.

Key Components of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program

  • Mentoring/Coaching from Entrepreneurs
  • Company site visits
  • Selling something on Entrepreneur Day
  • Opportunities to create and sell a product
  • Opportunities to start a company
  • Entrepreneur Speakers
  • Industry Expert Panel Support
  • LavinVentureStart Competition
  • L. Robert Payne Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture
  • Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Staff and Advisor Support
  • Four courses over two years
  • Mind shifting books and exercises


For more information, please contact Bernhard Schroeder, Director of Programs at or by phone (619) 594-0560.

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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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