CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship Update – March 2013

The following is a message from Center Director John Bradley Jackson

The Spring semester is well underway and we are quickly approaching some exciting events.

Research Week 2013 The first of these events is called Research Week. Of particular interest to you would be the Friday, March 22 session at the Fullerton Marriott that features panels and speeches on topics that are of interest to students and professionals. Six CSUF faculty members will present easy to understand “posters” which will highlight innovative new research in Life Sciences. No registration is necessary for this event and parking is free (just tell the Marriott parking attendants that you are there for Research Week). We will have a table so stop on by!

The CSUF Business Plan Competition 2013 (#CSUFBizPlan2013 for those of us active on social media) is moving along nicely and we are happy to announce that we have 50% more entrants this year than we did last year! The big event, the Finals, will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 9:30 am to noon in TSU Pavilion A. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend or an investor! There will be raffle prizes.

Our big news of the month is that Two of our Student Consulting Projects placed third in the most recent national Small Business Institute (SBI) Project of the Year Competition. This is a prestigious honor and our heartiest congratulations go to the team members, coaches and professors who worked on these projects. This is the 21st year that CSUF Entrepreneurship student teams have placed in the top ten in this national competition.

Speaking of student consulting, we are now recruiting more clients for our  summer MBA session. The students will conduct a full strategic analysis for firm including operations, finance, human resources, and sales & marketing. If you are interested please send us an email to entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu or contact Ms. Charlesetta Medina at 657-278-8243.

Alex Can students really learn Entrepreneurship? We get asked that a lot and our answer is YES! For example, please meet Alex Rigo ’09, our newest success story. Alex took his business plan for an online parts store he created in our New Venture course and has turned it into a startup! We are very proud of what Alex has accomplished.

Finally, TriTech’s 4th Annual “Funding the Big Idea” is going to be held on March 28. There will be a business idea competition, “speed-dating” with investors and entrepreneurs, information on raising capital and so much more!


John Bradley Jackson
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
California State University, Fullerton

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