CSUF Startup Incubator Featured in Orange County Register

Phillip Stinis, left, with resident Jonny May, right, who's online piano program "Learn to Play with Jonny May," is moving to the next level. Stinis helped launch the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia, an extension of the entrepreneurship program where select students are granted the opportunity of receiving one-on-one guidance from entrepreneurial professionals. The program matches mentors to the residents who can be students or community members. The incubator was photographed on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in downtown Placentia. in Placentia on Friday, February 17, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Phillip Stinis, left, with resident Jonny May, right, who’s online piano program “Learn to Play with Jonny May,” is moving to the next level. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The CSUF Startup Incubator was recently featured in the OC Register. Below is an excerpt.

Geoff Pascual is a self-taught painter taking his bold watercolor creations to the digital world.

The recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s entrepreneurship program has turned his passion for painting into a business by taking his artwork to conventions and galleries. He is now focused on connecting online audiences to his work.

“If you have an idea and you feel it kind of stirring in your soul, you definitely need to act on it right away because there is something there,” Pascual, 23, said.

Pascual is getting help from the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia. He receives face-to-face coaching from entrepreneurial professionals to move his business, Pascual Productions, forward.

“The Startup Incubator has helped me greatly in regards to networking, gaining feedback and advice from mentors and professionals from all walks of life,” he said. “It’s a great place to learn and gain knowledge about business when you’re surrounded by people with similar mindsets.”

The incubator launched two years ago in downtown Placentia to support new ventures by students, alumni and community members. The 900-square-foot space features a meeting room and study rooms for mentoring and networking events. The fee-based program has accepted 22 resident startups, of which 15 remain active at the incubator.

“For us, incubation is a six-month program where we collaborate with residents and then set them free,” said John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and director of the Startup Incubator. “The world of investing is a brutal place and at our incubator, we can speak the truth and coach them with the intent of helping the business succeed and avoid mistakes.”


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

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