Will you be Attending the CSUF Business Plan Competition?

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We just welcomed another Resident to the CSUF Startup Incubator! This company’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy through technological innovation. The founder for this company has an impressive background and I am sure that I will be writing more about hist startup in the future.

Changing gears to CSUF students, a little over a week ago we had the opportunity to listen to some concepts from student-entrepreneurs from all across CSUF and we are now ready to announce who among them will be advancing to the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals (register here!):

  • Chopit Drones
  • Little Nexus
  • Trail Tracker

You can read more about each Finalist on Meet the Three Finalists for the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are this Thursday, April 7 (register now!). It all starts at noon with an hour long Innovation Fair where students, Incubator Residents, and our partners will be showcasing the interesting projects they are working on. Attendees will get the chance to listen to the three concepts from the Finalists starting at 1pm and all of the festivities should wrap up around 3pm with the announcement of the winner!

(And we also will be handing out a number of opportunity drawings, including $200 worth of gift cards to Amazon, throughout the competition!)

Also this week, we welcome Joe Burke to the CSUF Startup Incubator to give a talk titled The Importance of Narrative in Startup Marketing. This promises to be an amazing talk focusing on how to craft an effective story about your company to help you in many facets of your business including: marketing, brand building, on boarding new talent, etc.

To see the other talks we have planned for the future please go to: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you at the CSUF Business Plan Competition and the events that we have listed below!

For decades, California State University, Fullerton’s undergraduate and MBA students have done consulting projects for local businesses. Under the supervision of their Professors and executive-level mentors these teams have developed detailed plans for clients ranging from brand new startups to $150MM corporations.For the Summer session we are looking for five clients for our MBA program. These projects are the culmination of these students’ MBA education; this is their capstone project. We are searching for clients that want a 360 degree fresh look at their business. These clients will receive a comprehensive report detailing the recommendations that the MBA students develop over the course of the summer.

Would your company be a fit? Do you know of a company that would benefit from engaging in a project with CSUF MBAs?

If you own or operate a business or know of a business that would benefit from a consulting project please contact Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or by replying to this email to find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs.

Joe Burke has been a marketing executive for decades for companies including Disney and Goodwill. In this talk, Joe will talk about the archetypal narratives that every successful marketer must know and be familiar with.He will draw on his experiences as a marketing executive and as a writer to explain what the different archetypes are, how they have been utilized in the past, and how you can apply them to your startup story.

April 6, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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CSUF’s student-entrepreneurs have been hard at work on their concepts and now the best will get the chance to pitch our elite panel of judges in a bid to win scholarships and in-kind services. To start off the festivities, we will have our Innovation Fair start at noon to showcase innovative projects/startups being worked on by students, CSUF Startup Incubator Residents, and other partners.April 7, 12:00pm to 3:00pm @ CSUF Titan Student Union, Pavilion A

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Dr. Gerard Beenen has had an illustrious career in organizational development with stops at Ernst & Young Management Consulting, Bain & Company, VP and co-founder of Neodesic Corporation and FleetXchange.com where he raised $3.2MM in financing, and now Associate Professor of Management and Management Department Vice-Chair at California State University, Fullerton. We are honored to have him talk about the many (well three or five) lessons he’s learned over the course of his career.April 13, 6:00pm to 8:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors and he will be holding office hours from 5pm to 8pm. Dave has an extensive amount of experience mentoring startups and executives for decades including in the tech industry. So if you have any questions about starting a business, getting your product to market, or any other startup questions then you should bring them to Dave.

April 14, 5:00pm to 8:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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More Dates:

Robert Gates accepting scholarship from Victoria and Jerry Conrey.

Jerry Conrey has been a tremendous supporter of CSUF Entrepreneurship over the years as a mentor, speaker, and sponsor of the Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship every year.Jerry will be at the Incubator to give a brief 15 minute talk on risk management and will dedicate the remainder of the time to answering your questions about insurance and risk management. This is a tremendous opportunity to get your questions answered and we sincerely hope you can attend!

April 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!

For more information about these events please get in touch with Chuck Su at csu@acelsolutions.com

April 21, 7:30pm to 10:00pm @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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In April:

Center for Entrepreneurship Director and CSUF Startup Founder John Bradley Jackson will be presenting on the very important matter of why Advisory Boards are vital to the health and growth of early stage companies.Who should you have on your Advisory Board? How big should it be? What is the mission of an Advisory Board? When should you start recruiting for your board? All of these questions and more will be answered.

April 27, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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May 4, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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Ash Kumra is a serial entrepreneur and investor always looking to help others achieve their dreams. If you are at all interested in making yourself into a better entrepreneur and businessperson then you should come by to listen to him speak.June 1, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)

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We’re adding events all the time, to get the most up-to-date listing of our events please go here: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

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