CSUF Entrepreneurship Supporter Dan Black Featured in OC Register

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch
Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

CSUF Entrepreneurship donor, Board Member, and VIP judge Dan Black was recently featured in the OC Register. Dan and his grandson, Karl Freels, have supported the CSUF Startup Incubator and many of our student competitions for nearly half a decade (and has supported Cal State Fullerton in general for decades!) and it was great to see them get recognition for all of their efforts by the OC Register.

Here’s a portion of the article and you should definitely read all of the article on Dan.

Black has supported the Center for Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2001.

“A consummate entrepreneur, Dan understands the real world marriage of science with entrepreneurship,” said John B. Jackson, director of the center and the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Black might be the most vocal supporter of the CSUF Startup Incubator, Jackson said. He sponsors one student startup every semester by paying the resident tuition.

Black hopes that by example he is encouraging others to give to the university. One of his recent donations — $50,000 for student research in Natural Sciences & Mathematics — was set up so it turned into $100,000 after the university raised matching funds. Matching donors could choose which science discipline their gift went to, which Black thinks sweetens the deal. He also wants donors to know they can make a pledge then take five years to pay it.

“Instead of being the big fish in the pond, I’m trying to get other fish involved so one day they’ll become a big fish too,” he said. He is likewise gradually handing over the reins of his foundation to Freels.


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