CSUF Entrepreneurship Alum finds his Niche

CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc
CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc

A few days ago we posted CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt ’16 and it is about Tristan, a recent CSUF Entrepreneurship grad, has already launched a business in a unique niche.

We have many of these stories and to make sure that you never miss any of them make sure to become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. What follows is our weekly update to the CSUF Entrepreneurship community.


Tristan Schmitt ’16 graduated in May with Bachelors’ Degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship and has leveraged that education to help him launch his startup: Modern Zinc!

“The concept of Modern Zinc came not long before my [Entrepreneurship] 465A Venture Creation class at CSUF. At that point Modern Zinc was just an idea with no real plan for the future. Throughout the [Entrepreneurship] 465A class I worked closely with a group of classmates, mentor, and professor to turn this idea into a realistic business,” Tristan says in our Success Story we published about him a few days ago.

Launching a business at any age is a true accomplishment but to do so when so young is all the more impressive. I hope you have the time to check out the full story on his entrepreneurial endeavors linked to above.

We are always looking for ways to motivate everyone in our expanding community to take the entrepreneurial path that Tristan has taken. It is a difficult path but it can be immensely rewarding.

The upcoming Titan Fast Pitch competition is one of the ways that we are encouraging students to be more entrepreneurial. This competition requires students to be able to articulate their business concept in 60 seconds and for those who advance to the final round they will have to answer some questions from our judges about their business concepts. There are scholarships available to the top finishers but the main reward for competitors is getting the chance to work their entrepreneurial muscles out and meeting many other innovative people.

Take a look at the Titan Fast Pitch site and make sure to reserve your place their either as a competitor or as an audience member. Also, if you interested in being a judge during the first round please respond to this. Ditto if you are interested in being a donor.

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship

PITCH YOUR STARTUP IDEA. WIN SCHOLARSHIPS. GET FUNDING.

Student-Entrepreneurs: It’s time for you to crush it!
Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Titan Fast Pitch Competition kicks off Saturday October 29th, 2016 at 1pm and you’re invited! Come compete with or watch the most innovative student-entrepreneurs vie for a spot on the winner’s podium and their share of scholarships. All finalists are chosen in real time.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT COMPETING AND HOW TO ATTEND

There is always a lot of promise in startups: the sky is the limit!
But getting from startup to a sustainable and profitable business is not easy. It’s a difficult undertaking that most entrepreneurs, especially first time entrepeneurs, aren’t prepared for. Basically, trying to take a startup and make it into a successful business for most people is like trying to find buried treasure without a map.
That is why we are so glad to have Jeff Greenberg in to talk. He has six key metrics that he uses that determine how well a startup is doing in making that transition into a successful business. Those metrics are: Product, Management, Financing, Staffing, Revenue, and Operations. Come by to find out what these metrics are, how to interpret them, and how they change as a startup evolves into a successful business.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

Are you struggling with your Digital Marketing plan? Marking Experts Ryan and James Fratzke can help.

As Strategic Account Managers the Fratzke Brothers work with some of the nations largest brands. Join us on Wednesday October 26th as they share their Seven Principles for Digital Marketing Success. They will share proven tactics for Website & SEO, Social Media, Email Marketing, Digital Advertising, Online Reviews, Local Listings, and Content Marketing.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!
The CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtable features a fantastic group of mentors with impressive backgrounds so that every participating entrepreneur will get tremendous feedback on what they are working on. Don’t be shy! This can turn out to be one of the most consequential entrepreneurial events you ever attend.
Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtables:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE MEETING DATES

Being successful with online marketing can make the difference between success or failure for your business.

That is why we are very happy to bring in Jason Khoo for office hours! Jason is the Marketing Director at Ron Wave Design and he has given a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to SEO” (video here).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For over 24 years, Professor Jeff Longshaw, MBA, MSBA, has been a business management and communication consultant, teaching proposal writing and composition to companies to improve their win rate.  While he has managed and participated in over 20 large scale proposals for Westinghouse, Lockheed, Bath Ironworks, General Dynamics and others; he has also produced business plans for start-up companies.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors at the CSUF Startup Incubator who will be holding office hours to answer your startup and strategy questions.

Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

Center for Entrepreneurship Board Member, Andrew Carroll, has a ton of financial and accounting experience he will share with anyone who visits him during his office hours later today. Click below to find out how to visit him during his office hours.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Get Involved with CSUF Consulting and the CSUF Startup Incubator
Whether you are a professional who gets satisfaction from being a mentor to someone who wants to work in a startup as a team member or are interested in investing in some of our thriving startups; we want to hear from you!
To join our large professional network you don’t have to be an alumni but we need your expertise and hard work to help make Northern Orange County (especially Fullerton) a strong startup community! Please take a minute to tell us about yourself so we can properly welcome you into the CSUF Startup Community.

“The students did a great job of digging deeper than necessary to get a grade and worked the issues as if for their own company.”

James L. Breese, President, WestLand Engineering Co
To find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs contact our Client Project Specialist, Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or to request an application email entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.
 
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