Bridging Social Entrepreneurship and Nature at Cal State Fullerton

In the dynamic environment of California State University, Fullerton’s Entrepreneurship program, practical learning is a core principle. One recent example of this approach is the collaboration between Professor Atul Teckchandani’s class and the CSUF Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This partnership aimed to address some of the operational challenges faced by the Arboretum, a valued green space on campus.

Students in Professor Teckchandani’s course were tasked with applying their entrepreneurial skills to develop management best practices for the Arboretum. The focus was on enhancing efficiency in areas such as volunteer coordination, event planning, and fundraising. Through their analysis, the student team aimed to provide actionable recommendations to improve the Arboretum’s overall functioning.

A significant outcome of this project was the proposal of a more effective volunteer management system. Recognizing the crucial role volunteers play at the Arboretum, the students suggested ways to streamline the process, thereby improving the experience for both the volunteers and the organization. Additionally, the team put forward creative ideas for fundraising events that align with the Arboretum’s environmental mission and have the potential to attract a wider audience.

Professor Teckchandani’s role in this collaboration was to guide the students in applying their theoretical knowledge to a real-world context. His expertise in entrepreneurship and management helped the students navigate the challenges of the project and develop practical solutions.

This partnership between the CSUF Entrepreneurship program and the Arboretum exemplifies how academic institutions and community organizations can work together for mutual benefit. It not only provided the students with valuable hands-on experience but also contributed to the Arboretum’s efforts to maintain and enhance its natural beauty and educational value.

The collaboration between Professor Teckchandani’s class and the CSUF Arboretum represents a successful melding of academic rigor and practical problem-solving. It’s a testament to the positive impact that can be achieved when students apply their knowledge and skills to real-world challenges.

Do you think working with a team of CSUF Entrepreneurship students can help your business or nonprofit like the team helped the Arboretum? Set up some time to talk with us about your options: https://business.fullerton.edu/engagement/Entrepreneurship//Request-Consultation