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Sunday, June 16th 2019

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Startup Fund

Providing Funding to Student Startups.
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In order to encourage and support more SDSU students who aspire to create a potential startup, we have created the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Startup Fund. Now students can take advantage of early or latter stage funding in order to fuel their startup needs. The goal of this program, in addition to all of the centers programs, is to create more viable SDSU founder based companies.

This program will provide funds to directly support qualifying students who are experimenting with business startups and/or product commercialization. Examples of such support may include but not be limited to the following types of activities: early prototyping, web or application development, brand development, legal services, travel to trade shows and competitions, etc. Additionally a portion of the funds will be used to arrange periodic networking events like dinners with accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders.

A funding committee potentially consisting of Lavin Entrepreneurship Center directors, Advisory Board members, students and entrepreneurship faculty will develop specific criteria to determine student eligibility and the types of activities that can be supported through this program.

This program was made possible by Carol Lavin Bernick who serves as CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management, a privately held company that manages diversified investments and owned operating companies in retail and professional sports. Ms. Bernick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. She was President of Alberto-Culver Consumer Products Worldwide, a division of Alberto-Culver Co., from June 2002 to September 2004. She is also founder, past president and a current director of Friends of Prentice, a fundraising board she created in 1987 in support of women's health research and programming. Carol is also the daughter of Leonard Lavin whose generous support helped grow the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

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By supporting programs that offer feedback, insight, and mentoring to aspiring business leaders, I can give ‑fledgling ventures the best possible chance of success. Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Alberto-Culver
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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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